Walking Cardiff

Peter Finch
John Briggs
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Join Peter Finch and John Briggs on twenty walks around Cardiff, the bustling capital of Wales. Together they visit the new and the ancient, the difficult, the undiscovered, the lesser-known, the artistic, the entertaining, the quirky and the unexpected. They criss-cross the city, informing, discovering, exploring, and enduring, reviving old routes as they go, from its farthest reaches – Lisvane, Penarth Pier, Llanrumney – to its familiar centre around Cathays Park and the castle. Their journeys encompass the city’s history, and record daily life on its streets, in its parks and its famous and not so famous, buildings.

Poet and psychogeographer Peter Finch has conducted numerous alternative rambles, literary walk, non-literary adventures and cycle-aided excursions across Cardiff, which he knows intimately.

His discursive descriptions can be used as both route finder and literary adventure. Armchair walkers will find the book as interesting and useful as those who get out there on the streets. And natives and visitors alike will find a new discovery around every corner.

The routes include:

Cardiff Bay to Waun Gron Park
A Cardiff Counter Culture Poetry Ramble
The Heart of Ely
A Central Cardiff Spiral
The Republic of Roath​
Cooper’s Fields to the New Ninian Park
Grand Avenue’s End to Caerau Hillfort
Lisvane to Health Halt
Llandaf to the lost Great Sone on St Mary Street
The Llanishen and Danescourt Greenbelt
Llanishen to Cathays
Morganstown Tumulus to Castell Morgraig
Pengam Green to Penarth Pier
Roath Park Lake to Pac Coed Y Nant
Rumney Castle to Castleton
The Lambies
Rhymney Bridge to St Mellons​
St Fagans to Danescourt​
Following the Roath Branch Mineral Railway
The Whitchurch Writers’ Trail


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Watch Peter read an excerpt from Walking Cardiff as part of the Seren Stay-at-Home Series. 



Review by Sam Pryce, Buzz Magazine

Sunday, February 9, 2020

“There are a few things about a good walk… It should get you lost and then it should find you,” writes Peter Finch in this superb collection of 20 walks around Cardiff. Like a knowledgeable and witty friend, Finch accompanies the reader on comprehensive tours and countercultural excursions, from the vibrant city centre to its overlooked outskirts. Along the way, he uncovers the forgotten histories of its diverse neighbourhoods, as well as a surprising number of literary landmarks. In his photographs, John Briggs (who was born in Minnesota but has lived in south Wales since the 1970s) somehow manages to make Llandaff and Roath look like districts of a fashionable European city, while never shying away from their rough-and-ready charm.

My average working day is spent slumped behind a desk, so time for urban wandering is scarce. Luckily, Finch writes so well that even armchair explorers feel they’ve walked miles. Over the course of a few carefully planned lunch hours, however, I managed to trek abridged versions of walks around Canton and Ninian Park... Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a born-and-bred Kerdiffian, you’re bound to discover something new in the Welsh capital with this book as your companion. 

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