Best bird watching trails in Rhondda, Wales

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Rhondda with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Rhondda, Wales
Top trails (8)
#1 - Sgwd yr Elra Falls from Penderyn
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
Excellent hike with three legs; each the side of a triangle, and each of very different character. There are tremendous views of the river and various falls. The highlight of the route for many will be the crossing behind the curtain of water at the Sgwd yr Elra falls. Important to note that the route cannot be completed as shown if the waterfall crossing is not made - please also see the tips section. The first leg takes you from Penderyn to Craig y Ddinas at Pontneddfechan. It follows a well-marked trail that starts alongside the modest but exposed peak of Moel Penderyn with sweeping views. It then descends toward where the rivers meet, becoming lush, sheltered and more rocky underfoot. The second leg rises up steeply through trees and across a golf course. Then north through farmland to join a moorland road for a few hundred meters before turning right into the woods towards the first of the falls. The northern apex of the route is at a footbridge among the falls. The final leg has three distinct sections. The first is along wonderful rocky and rooty trails on the steep side of the river valley. On crossing the river at the main waterfall, the second section follows a green, narrow and unprotected trail along the top of the cliff which can be boggy toward the end. Finally, out on to moorland and old quarry roads the final section leads you back to the village of Penderyn. Show more
#2 - Penpych Circular
Treorchy, Rhondda, Wales
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
#3 - The Rhondda Fach
Saint Ggwynno Forest
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 3 m
Note: As of August 2020, some paths are closed due to lack of maintenance. A circular from the Rhonndda Heritage Centre up on to the watershed between the Rhondda Fach and the Clydach. your destination is the famed Welsh pyramid - Tylorstown Tip. Walking across the firm, often deep frozen ground, often with a covering of snow to crunch through - but nothing to worry the boots over! Before reaching "the Tip", you can stop at The Brynffynon Hotel in Llanwonno for lunch. When you reach your destination, you can see for miles. Forget the fact that it's an artificial "hill", forget the fact that the top was lopped off (allegedly to put out the fire that gave "Old Smokey" it's nickname, forget all the industrial spoilage that the tip actually represents) It's now a greened hill and provides a magnificent view of the Rhondda Fach. A terrific walk.Show more
#4 - Fforest Fawr Loop
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
#5 - Taff Trail from Pontypridd to Merthyr Tydfil
Pontypridd, Rhondda, Wales
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Length: 14.2 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
#6 - The Clydach Lakes
Tonypandy, Rhondda, Wales
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#7 - LLwyn-on Reservoir
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
#8 - Old Colliery Path
Tonypandy, Rhondda, Wales
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m