Wernddu woods – Caerphilly

SAFE has contributed £500 toward upgrading a path which borders SSSI in Wernddu woods, now owned by Caerphilly Woodland Trust.

The work on the path, which now passes over a stream and up the Wernddu Road, was undertaken by Dai Workman and is a huge improvement to the obstathe cle course which existed previously. Equally important, SAFE has established a right for horses to use this path in the future.

Cefn Mably Horse Route

SAFE are currently liaising witht he Forestry Commission regarding these woods, in Lisvane. We are looking to improve the existing riding and make the entrance more secure.

We are seting up a friends of Cefn Mably Group. If you would like to attend the first meeting of the group, to support the work, please telephone or e-mail Meg Gorman (see Contacts).

Fforest Fawr Route

Fforest Fawr is an area of woodland managed by Forest Enterprise, on the Tongwynlais Caerphilly border (the woods behind Castell Coch).

Much work has been done to raise money for surfacing. Julia Pearce of JMP Saddlery (a local business) sponsored the opening in June 2000.

Julia cutting the ribbon. Champagne spray. Riders trotting on the route. Pepe and Blue ready for the off.

As recently reported in the News section, SAFE have received a £4,438 grant from Biffawards Small Grants Scheme. This has paid to finish off surfacing work in Fforest Fawr and Fforest Ganol plus improved access points and waymarking.

SAFE are very grateful to Biffa for funding the work, which has much improved access. Some recent photos of this work are below.

Before Surfacing  Surfacing Work. The finished surface. Rolo inspects the waymarking.

More surfacing on the route was completed in Autumn 2003 and this is a big improvement. Attempts to organise a smooth flow of volunteers, to help with the raking of scalpings, were severely hampered by the tempramental machinery which kept breaking down, and the fact that the work had to be done during the week. Joy would like to thank all of you that turned up to help (which makes a change as she usually forgets to thank me for anything – Andrew the webmaster). Some answered the call at very short notice and a couple from outside the area generously gave their time – given that they will not directly benefit from the work.

The work was funded by SAFE and grants and, in addition, we also have to thank the BHS who paid £100 for materials.


Work is still continuing on surfacing the 3 mile route. Many thanks to RMC Aggregates for their generous donation of nearly 60 tons of limestone scalpings.

Hard at Work. Posing. Child Labour.


New Lisvane Horse Route.

Grant received for the next section. Clearing work currently being undertaken. Working parties will be needed for surfacing work (dependent upon weather) – watch this space.

Working Party

Forest Farm Route

The section close to the allotments containing large stones had been top dressed with stone dust which is a big improvement. SAFE have paid for ½ the cost with the Council funding the rest The part of the route running parallel to Longwood Drive is however in a poor condition and requires resurfacing. We will have to look to see what can be done about this in the next year or so (start thinking of some fundraising ideas now!)