A Stroll around Heath Park, Cardiff with Under 5’s

A Stroll around Heath Park, Cardiff with Under 5’s

A Toddle friendly loop of around half a mile, exploring the Heath Park in Cardiff. There is a kids’s play park to explore, a nice woodland with tree trunks to climb and wildlife to observe, a pond (albeit a muddy one at the time of the visit!) and a highlight being the Miniature Railway which opens to the public on selected days of the year.

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Heath Park, Cardiff

Length of Walk:

0.84km/ 0.52 miles


Use the Main Car Park CF14 4YS. Free on weekends but busy and payable on weekdays due to location near hospital. Check the council website here for further information. 


Opposite the play park but variable opening times

Pram Friendly:

Yes but the woodland can be quite muddy so you might need to clean off the wheels before putting back into the car.


Wellies and waterproof outerwear for kids advised if it’s been wet as the woodland part of the walk can get quite muddy. Mud-friendly shoes are advised for adults.

map2Route: Park in the Main Car Park off King George V Drive East (not the one for the miniature Railway). Once parked, head towards the play park and let the kids bun off some energy. The park is separated in two, an area for smaller and bigger kids. My kids were drawn to the bigger park even though they couldn’t manage half of the apparatus  on their own, they enjoyed the challenge!

Once the kids have had their fill of the park, head to the left of the tennis courts and follow them round to the right, you’ll head into the woodland and should see the pond appear on the right. It was quite muddy when we got there but there are plenty of signs telling you of all the creatures you might be able to spot so spring is probably the best time to head there.

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Looking for the creatures beneath proved a little difficult this time of year, so we’ll head back in the Spring

Follow the pond round to your left and you’ll enter the woodland. Take the path to your right and walk straight down, it’s a little muddy here but my two had the best fun. They collected sticks, climbed on the trees, found a Robin and a squirrel and made friends with a few walking dogs.

At the end of the path, you’ll break through the woodland to an open field, turn to the right and you’ll start heading to the Miniature railway. It is closed most of the time, but opens on special days to the public.

It was closed at the time of our visit – so instead you get this nice image from  Darren Bockman on Unsplash

Check out this website to find more information.  It was closed at the time we went but here at the opening times – we will be definitely coming back to check it out as it is so much bigger and more pristine than we thought it was -looks ace!


Follow the path around the miniature railway – you might find a few puddles to splash in on the way! The entrance is round the other side. If you’re not staying for a visit, head back past the tennis courts (which you can hire out if you fancy a play) and head back via the park to the car park. The toilets are situated by the play park where there is an office for the tennis, golf (a small pitch and putt course and a cafe). This was again closed when we were here but the toilets were open.

It’s a great little stroll for little ones if you fancy letting them take their time, without having to worry about going for miles to get back to your car with a good few things en route to let them have imaginative play and a few rest stops.

Let me know if you like doing any thing else in Heath Park and why not check out some more Toddle Friendly Hikes in our South Wales Local section.

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