We're back near Cardiff for a night walk on The Garth — is it a hill or a mountain? This is a fine walk by head torch and one that provides for great views over the surrounding area which at night is lit up with roads and street lamps and the glow from the metropolis.
'Garth Mountain is said to be the inspiration for ‘Ffynnon Garw’, the hill featured in the book, and later film, 'The Man Who Went up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain,’ with that very English Hugh Grant chap. Nice story – with the film directed by locally born Chris Monger – but not true.
When walking along the paths, some of them deeply rutted, you’re following in the footsteps of Bronze Age people of as long as 4,000 years ago. There were probably people here long before that. I found a shard of flint here once, sticking out of the side of a path: an arrowhead or cutting tool brought here during those BC times, maybe.
The ancients left behind on Garth Mountain only mysteries and large tumuli: impressive burial mounds for their top people. There are five on the mountain, but only two are easily visible.'
You will need waterproofs and walking boots.