Geo-Trips :: Exploring Garth Wood and Lesser Garth Hill
Lesser Garth Hill
A walk from Taffs Well, Tue, 6 Apr 2021 by Gareth James
An exploration of Cardiff's not-that-well-known 'hollow mountain'.
The Little or Lesser Garth Hill lies to the south of its more well-known and popular larger brother, Garth Hill, and is covered on its tops and edges by Garth Wood.
But the interior of the hill has been removed by the huge Taffs Well Quarry, and excellent views of the quarry can be found from the quarry-edge footpath on its north-east corner, which includes a viewing platform.
Elsewhere on the hill can be found remains of iron mines, old tramways and railways.
On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )
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Path through Garth Wood
In the distance, on the left, can be seen the abutment of the former Walnut Tree... more
Remains of Walnut Tree Viaduct
On the remaining brick-built viaduct abutment, looking out where iron girders once... more
Trackbed of Barry Railway in Garth Wood
On the trackbed of the former Barry Railway between Walnut Tree Viaduct and Walnut... more
Lineside building near Walnut Tree Tunnel
Remains of a brick-built building beside the former railway trackbed, likely those... more
In former quarry workings on Lesser Garth Hill
A new drainage channel has been cut on the left, the former quarry face is on the... more
Taffs Well Quarry access tunnel
Note the quarry access tunnel has breached the former Walnut Tree/Garth railway... more
Path between the quarries
This path runs on a narrow strip of land between Ton Mawr Quarry and Taffs Well... more