Getting sick of the same old lockdown hikes? Us too.
We recently discovered an amazing trail which can be accessed from Pencoed, Bridgend. It provides stunning views in a spot which appears, for the most part, undiscovered. We have lived right beside this beautiful route for the past year and had absolutely no idea it was even there!
It’s secluded, provides fantastic views and is a wonderful spot for a picnic. It’s a pretty good hike for someone of average fitness and requires some effort due to a steep incline to reach the top.
Here’s how to get there…
First, you need to get to Pencoed, which is easily accessible off the M4 motorway if you choose to drive. Or, you can get the train (the line that runs between Cardiff and Swansea) and jump off at Pencoed train station, which is a short walk from the starting point.
The street you need to get to is called ‘Honey Glen’. It’s about half a mile from the train station. If you’re driving, you can satnav your way here with the postcode: CF35 6YA.
Instructions on how to reach the Common provided below:
Once you arrive at Honey Glen, you can park your car easily on the residential roads. Then head towards to black gated cattle grid in the picture above. Take time to look at the allotments which you will find either side of you as you pass through.
Once you have passed through the gate, you will need to take the second turning on your right to take you to the entrance to the common. There are usually sheep grazing on this land.
The road will take you to this entrance.
The entrance will lead you to this path where the uphill hike begins.
Please be aware that this path gets extremely muddy and slippery after heavy rainfall so walking boots or wellies will be necessary! Some areas may be difficult to navigate due to large puddles and the narrowness of the path.
The narrow path will lead you to these steep steps which will take you all the way to the top of the common.
The view from most of the way up is already pretty spectacular. As you can see, there is a path next to the steps which may be easier to walk when it is dry because the steps are very wide and taxing.
The top of the steps is pretty steep but there is a small bench where you can stop to marvel at the initial views.
The views at the top are well worth the hike!