Cardiff’s great outdoors

Cardiff’s great outdoors brings breathtaking scenery, rolling hills, lush woodland and glorious coast. Come along to the annual Cardiff Walking Festival this May 2018 and take part in the Public Rights of Way survey at The countryside is easily accessible for everyone and best of all it’s free.

Do you use paths in Cardiff for walking, by wheelchair, cycling, horse riding or just getting outdoors then please take the survey!

In Cardiff, the Rights of Way network is approximately 200 km / 124 miles in length and includes footpaths and bridleways, but not roadside pavements. Popular places to visit and use the rights of way paths are Forest Fawr woodland where we have a series of footpaths around Castle Coch, paths linking to Garth Mountain and the Wenallt where the bluebells create an amazing carpet of flowers in the Spring. Paths in these areas have been upgraded to create circular trails, permissive bridleways and improve access to the local cafés to encourage more visitors to enjoy nature in a relaxing fun environment.

Cardiff Council’s Public Rights of Way (PRoW) team would like your ideas and views to help create a new 10 year strategy to plan improvements across the network making it easier for everyone (e.g. walkers, cyclists and equestrians) to access and enjoy the countryside. Help us to improve the network by completing the survey on and telling us what you enjoy most about the many trails in Cardiff and what you would like to see improved over the coming years.

Don’t Miss The Cardiff Walking Festival

Below are some highlights of the upcoming festival being held during National Walking Month in May. Check for updates and more events.

Cefn Onn Spring Walk (5km)
Sat 5 May,10am – 1pm

Join the Rangers for a brisk walk from Cefn Onn to Tranch y Hebog to discover the spring flowers and other wildlife that abound in this beautiful woodland on the edge of Cardiff. Make sure you have sturdy footwear and dress for the weather to make sure you stay comfortable along the walk. Meet at Cefn Onn car park CF14 0UE.

Foods of the Forest
Wed 9 May, 6pm
£4.50 per person

Take a pleasant stroll around Forest Farm Country Park with the Community Park Rangers and discover the tasty treats Mother Nature has in store at this time of year. Round off the walk by tasting some of the delicious delicacies.
Meet at the Warden Centre, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 7JJ

Spring Tree Walk in Roath Park
Sun 13 May, 11am – 1pm
FREE although voluntary donations are welcome

A two hour walk around Roath Park in the company of two of the city’s finest horticulturalists to learn about the park’s many trees and shrubs.
Meet at Roath Park Conservatory CF23 5PD.

Summer Wildlife Festival at Forest Farm
Sat 26 May, 10am – 4pm
FREE Activities and free
parking available on site

Pond-dipping, bug hunting and bird spotting – this day of fun packed wildlife activities with the Community Park Rangers and RSPB Cymru is perfect for families. Watch a pop-up screening of Boombox Caerdydd, celebrating Cardiff’s greenspaces. A day of family wild time with nature and a chance to explore, discover and relax. Meet at Forest Farm Conservation Centre, Forest Farm Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff. CF14 7JJ.

Public Rights of Way team need your help with ideas and views about the Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The consultation survey is open until 31st August.

“Our goal and vision for Cardiff, is to manage, maintain, improve and develop the Rights of Way network and countryside access, so we can provide better opportunities for more people to enjoy going outdoors, help support their way of life and contribute to their well-being. We will aim to make the network accessible for our communities and visitors to our city, also to promote and encourage responsibility for our outdoor environment.” Cardiff RoWIP

For more info about ROWIP Project contact Tricia Cottnam, Outdoor Cardiff ,