The Garth is a hill located near Taffs Well in the Rhondda Cynon Taff district of South Wales. It was the hill that inspired the book and film “The English man who went up a hill but came down a mountain” the 1995 film starred Hugh Grant. However, only the end credits are filmed at the Garth. The actual filming took place in Llansilin, in Mid Wales and the hill was Gryn Moelfre, which also has an OS Triangulation Pillar.
The Garth OS Triangulation Pillar
The views from the Garth are amazing. On a clear day you can see right across the Bristol Channel. Not only is there a triangulation pillar at the summit, but also bronze age burial sites. The Triangulation pillar sits on top of one of these Tumuli. The Garth has a large flat top summit and a wander around its edges will give you great views of the valleys and also down towards Cardiff Bay.
There are many walking routes to the Garth. Parking can be a problem. I park at Pen-y-Garn, Pentyrch village and walk up Mountain Road to the base of the mountain. This is only a short walk to reach the triangulation pillar. It is less than a mile to the summit from Pen-y-Garn.
After a short walk along Mountain Road you will reach a junction. Pinecroft Cattery is directly in front of you, and there is a road to your right. Turn right onto the road and you start to climb up hill. You reach a cattle grid, go through the gate at the side of the cattle grid and you will see the road bears off to the left up ahead. This is the start of the footpath up onto the mountain. There are a few well trodden paths up to the summit of The Garth. It does not matter which one you take, as they all lead you to the summit.
Garth Circular Walk sign post and the triangulation pillar on tumuli in the distance
If you would like to carry on your walk and venture a little further, you can pick up the Garth Circular Walk or The Ridgeway Walk. These walks are clearly sign posted at many points at the summit.