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Taffs Well
Hailey Park Tongwynlais
Quakers Yard Pont y Gwaith
Taffs Well
Hailey Park Pontypridd Pontypridd Cilfynydd
Sophia Gardens
Cefn Coed Viaduct
Pentrebach Merthyr Tydfil
Castell Coch Nantgarw
Talybont Reservoir Talybont on Usk
Cilfynydd Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir
Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir

Merthyr Tydfil

Abercanaid to Merthyr Tydfil

(approx 1.6 miles 2.5km)

Travelling North from Abercanaid takes us along the towpath of the former Glamorganshire Canal through a stretch of Industrial Estates. The canal towpath is intersected by numerous local roads (watch for traffic). There is also an easily missed right turn behind a crash barrier by a bus shelter.

After the brick arched bridge turn right down to the river. The Glamorganshire Canal originally passed under this bridge then continued to end at the Cafarthfa Iron Works.

Follow the path to the Merthyr College.

Merthyr Tydfil

I have chosen a point in Merthyr Tydfil where the Taff Trail passes the college because it is the point nearest to transport facilities (Railway Station), shops car parks etc.

To the south is a quiet roadway leading to traffic-free paths along the western side of the River Taff.

To the north is a rather difficult connection, crossing a number of main roads etc. before getting back to traffic free paths just before the Lime Kilns.

The Station at Merthyr Tydfil is the end of the line from Cardiff and is in the town centre. There is better access to the Taff Trail from Pentrebach Station.

The last bridge on the Glamorgan Canal

There are no obvious remains of the canal between here and Cyfarthfa Iron Works, the original termination of the canal.
Last bridge on the Glamorgan Canal

Kingfisher Mosaic at Rhydycar.
Kingfisher mosaic at Rhydycar

Cycling Across Merthyr Tydfil

If you're cycling the Taff Trail, the quickest way across Merthyr Tydfil from the College to the former Cyfarthfa Iron Works is along main roads. This is not the safest.

From the College Car Park all traffic must turn left - we need to turn right! A cyclist can always dismount and pretend to be a pedestrian. Across the bridge turn sharp left into Dixon St. At the left bend, turn right to the pavement of main road (Bethesda St) and across the pelican crossing. There is now a (narrowish for cycling) path between modern housing and the river through to Cyfarthfa Rd. Turn left and right at the traffic lights onto a short wide cycleway in Swansea Rd. The Iron Works is to the right.

Brecon Mountain Railway

Old Merthyr:

Find out about the Cyfarthfa Ironworks at Alan and Geoff’s website

Hobo Backpackers Hostel

Merthyr Tydfil’s Richard Trevithick 2004 site

Valley Horse Rides Merthyr Tydfil & South Wales:

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