Mostly rural paths with some stiles and kissing gates with spectacular views over the Gwent Levels and Severn Estuary. Roadside parking in Castleton.
Look out for the distinct Castleton Circular Walk Waymark Disc.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Start at Castleton Community Centre
(D/A) Start at the community centre and walk to the top right corner of the car park to a metal kissing gate. Follow waymark arrows along the field boundary to a wooden kissing gate. Continue through a kissing gate and follow the path crossing Bakery Lane towards St Mary’s Church.
(1) Walk through the church gates and head towards the right of the church. You will see a stile alongside a yew tree. Cross the stile and continue diagonally across a small paddock to another stile. Cross here and walk through the metal field gate and follow waymark arrows over two more stiles towards Pwllbargoed reen. Follow the waymark arrows alongside reen through two metal field gates and continue over two more stiles until you reach a stile and sleeper bridge next to the cottage.
(2) Cross the bridge and follow the waymark arrows around the side of the cottage to a field gate. Pass through the gate and follow waymark arrows across the field to a stile and then onto a footbridge. Cross bridge and continue straight across the large open field to a narrow farm track, and stile opposite. Follow the waymarks along the field boundary towards Park Golf Course.
(3) At the stile, leading into the Golf Course, follow the path alongside conifer hedge, leaving Golf Course over two stiles and a small sleeper bridge and continue on towards Berry Hill Farm. Follow the path along the hedgerow, through three metal field gates, to a stile onto Church Lane.
(4) Turn left and cross the spiralling footbridge spanning the carriageway.
(5) Continue through the underpass to a stile on your right. Cross the stile and follow the path adjacent to the motorway for a short distance before bearing left to a footbridge and onto a stile.
(6) Cross stile, turn left and follow the path alongside woodland following waymark arrows, crossing two small streams before heading uphill to a metal field gate. Walk through the gate and follow the footpath along the field edge, crossing two more stiles before a third stile leading you briefly into a private garden, before the path meets Pen-y-Lan Road.
(7) Turn left towards crossroads. Then, head down Pound Hill, to a stile on your right, opposite a mobile phone mast. Cross the stile and continue to the hedgerow and follow waymarks alongside the hedgerow towards Pen-y-Lan Farm and stile in the fence line.
(8) Cross stile and head diagonally across the small paddock, cross another stile and follow the path downhill to the field boundary. Turn right and follow the path alongside telegraph poles towards farm buildings. Cross the farm access track and follow waymark arrows towards the footbridge over the motorway.
(9) Cross the footbridge and follow the path towards the stile (keep pond on your right) and onto the footbridge. Follow arrows up steep embankment dropping down to the underpass. After the underpass, continue straight ahead to a stile in the fence line. Turn left after the stile and follow the path to the rear of the Travelodge Car Park.
(10) Use the pedestrian footbridge to cross the dual carriageway. Rejoin footpath at Walk Farm. Look out for a stile on the left before farm buildings, cross the stile and follow waymark arrows diagonally over the field and continue onto a wooden kissing gate.
(11) Through kissing gate turn right and follow waymark arrows leading over two footbridges, continue straight ahead after the second footbridge and follow waymarks to a stile at the side of tarmac road. Continue on towards the bungalow and at the fence line turn right and retrace your steps back to Castleton and start of the walk.(D/A)
D/A : km 0 - alt. 18m - Community centre
1 : km 0.9 - alt. 11m - St Mary’s Church
2 : km 2.41 - alt. 9m - Bridge
3 : km 3 - alt. 6m - Park Golf Course
4 : km 4.46 - alt. 15m - Church Lane
5 : km 4.88 - alt. 37m - Stile
6 : km 5.29 - alt. 31m - Stile
7 : km 6.8 - alt. 121m - Pen-y-Lan Road
8 : km 7.77 - alt. 121m - Pen-y-Lan Farm
9 : km 8.31 - alt. 80m - Footbridge
10 : km 8.93 - alt. 58m - Dual carriageway
11 : km 9.63 - alt. 27m - Newport Road
D/A : km 11.27 - alt. 18m - Community centre
Look out for the distinct Castleton Circular Walk Waymark Disc.
Please be advised route descriptions may alter as improvements are made to footpath structures along these routes
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