Walks in North Cardiff
As a city, Cardiff is incredibly dog-friendly, with walks galore as well as dog-friendly pubs, cafes and even hotels abound. If you’re lucky enough to live in Cardiff North, or are considering moving there, then you’re in an even more privileged position, with some of the best dog walks in the country right on your doorstep.
Minutes from The Deri pub in Rhiwbina, the Fforest Fawr walk is a favourite among ramblers, dog walkers and horse riders. A short walk over the hills northwest of Cardiff, you can enjoy a great mixture of woodland and open hillside, plus gorgeous views across the Taff Valley.
Lisvane and Pontprennau
There are lots of fields and hedgerows to explore here, though it’s worth consulting a map beforehand, as some of the signs are well hidden. There’s a beautiful landscape lake and garden near a private home called The Hollies, which is well worth a look.
Taff ’s Trail
This walk follows the River Taff through Bute Park and Pontcanna Fields, and is 55 miles long, starting in the Cardiff Bay area and ending in Brecon. So while it may be a bit much for a day’s walk, it’s the perfect walk for newcomers, as it’s nearly impossible to get lost (just go straight ahead), and there are lots of poo bag bins en route, too.
The reservoir walk
This walk is centred around Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs, both of which are official Sights of Special Scientific Interest. Lisvane Reservoir is noted for the wildfowl that over-winter there and the embankments of both Reservoirs have recently been awarded special status due to the wide spectrum of wax cap fungi they are home to. The walk encompasses woodland and open meadows; much of the woodland along the Nant Fawr is maintained by The Friends of Nant Fawr. The walk is mainly on pavements and good paths but can be waterlogged and muddy in wet weather, so wellies are a must-have!
Top tips for dog walkers
* Keep your dog on a lead when embarking on a new walk, and always if you’re near private land or farm animals.
* Never go anywhere without a pack of poo bags.
* Keep an eye out for mountain bikers and horse riders as well as other pedestrians – many of the walks in Cardiff are there for all to enjoy, so you never know who
(or what) might be around the corner.
* Need some inspiration? www.cardifframblers.org.uk is a handy site for anyone who loves walking, whether you have a dog or not. There are some well mapped out routes plus comments from walkers who have tried and tested the walk, which is always handy, as the landscape can change dramatically from season to season.