A nice 7 mile circular walk taking in the 428m high hill Mynydd Ty’n-tyle and 481m high hill Cefn y Rhondda.
This is a really good walk with fairly minimal ascent – given the height of the hills – good parking and lots of good trails to follow. The views are expansive from the moment you get out of the car and there is good variety to the terrain to keep things interesting. I first walked to Mynydd Ty’n-tyle and then onto Cefn y Rhondda.
There are a few different routes to Cefn y Rhondda, I took the path into the wind farm (which, a sign warns, is private land, so walk it at your own risk). I then followed the good gravel track all the way to the forest and into it. This then leads pretty directly to the trig point, which is just off of the path. Views are better than expected due to a lot of the forest being very young.
The trig point is no longer the high point as there has been some quarry work that has lead to a line of rocks / debris above the trig point. This provides a good place to sit down with extensive views North. On a clear day you’d be able to see the Brecon Beacons. You can also see a few hills to your right, including Mynydd Gethin and Mynydd Aberdare.
A quiet ridgeway walk, I hadn’t seen a soul so far. I continued past the trig point and then did a u-turn to take me back to the car along a craggy edge making the route circular and keeping it interesting.
The autumn colours of the grass made the rather golden sunlight really bring the landscape to life. Good views of Tylerstown Tip and Cefn Gwyngul on your left.
The route back down contained a few walkers and a few motorbikes, enjoying the afternoon sun. A highly recommended circular route.