The Hidden Vale

Change to route: September 2017. Please note that due to a locked gate across the railway line at Sutton Farm (10) please avoid the path through Tyn Y Caia (9) and instead follow the lane to Sutton farm.

The length of the main walk is 7 miles.The Sutton Farm variant is 8 miles approx. However, there are shorter walks within the main walk circle (see map). The walks wend their way through an area of tranquil, rolling, verdant countryside which has more than its share of interesting features, both geographic and historic. Much of this area was once divided up into large estates owned by families such as the Dunraven, Carne and Franklen. Many buildings associated with these estates still stand. Some of the streams of the area that now join the west-flowing River Alun e.g. Clemenstone Brook, once flowed eastwards into the Thaw.They were ‘captured’ by the Alun as it cut down into the softer Liassic limestones of this area. This walk includes the villages of Wick, Colwinston and Llandow in its route.

Distance: 7 or 8 miles ( refer to maps for shorter options).

Map: OS Explorer 151 Cardiff and Bridgend.

Parking: Roadside & layby near start in Wick, GR 924724;

roadside Colwinston and Llandow.

Public Transport: Buses to Wick.

Refreshments: the village shop and Sycamore Inn at Colwinston; the village store, Lamb and Flag and Star Inns at Wick.

Toilets: at some of the refreshment locations.

PDF of Walk

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