This is a great family hike through ancient woodland and open meadows. It is about 5miles long and will take about 3hrs. It is a easy grade walk. Great walk for children as there is plenty to see including lots of farm animals.
We start at Garth Mill (Sat Nav: CH8 9HB). Cross Afon Garth by footbridge then follow path on right-side of the mill. Cross another bridge and continue up main track for 350m. At end of houses enter Coed y Garth via staggered barriers (info board on the right). Continue ahead then R at marker post. Follow path crossing 4 short sections of wooden walkway passing carved lizard bench on your right. Continue ahead then up steps to a bridge. Cross the bridge and continue uphill (can be muddy) crossing 2 further bridges. After the third bridge bear diagonally left up along a flight of steps known as ‘The Steps of Heaven’. Cross stile and exit woods.
Turn right and follow the field boundary for 50m then turn left uphill and head to the left of copse of trees, which circle an old mineshaft, to arrive at gate/stile on right. Cross the stile and small sleeper bridge to join an obvious track. Continue on the track to Berth-y-Maen cottage. At the red gate continue ahead for 650m on road, passing Trelogan Farm, towards a black farm building on left, then on to a road junction.
At the junction turn right and then left within 175m, towards Ffrith Cottage. Pass bungalows on right and left. Continue uphill on the track to eventually cross stile/gate. Continue ahead until last field post on left then go diagonally right. Cross the field to another gate, continue ahead on green lane (ignoring paths on L & R). After 800m from Trelogan pass a marker post on the left. 500m beyond this marker turn sharp left at a path crossroads and descend steeply with an old wall on your right. Follow track down to Pentreffynnon Cottage. Continue past cottage to green gate. Turn R onto road and follow for 800m to Wern Farm drive on LHS.
Continue along the lane for 70m then turn left over a stile/gate by finger post before reaching Tre-Mostyn. Follow the left hand field boundary crossing 2 further stiles/gates. Then bear diagonally left along sunken lane to gate/stile.
Cross the stile and continue ahead on dirt track. Within 100m branch left through wooden gate into woods and descend down track. Continue ahead following the contour. At path fork take the left hand fork as indicated, crossing a small babbling brook after 100m (can be muddy). Before long you will see Garth Mill again. Go down steps then bear left around back of mill. Turn right and retrace your steps over bridge back to car park.
A lovely family walk suitable for a Sunday afternoon to wear the kids out.
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