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Taffs Well
Hailey Park Tongwynlais
Quakers Yard Pont y Gwaith
Taffs Well
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Cefn Coed Viaduct
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Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir

Talybont Reservoir

From Brecon to Talybont Reservoir

(approx 7.4 miles 12km)

The Taff Trail starts in the area near the theatre and the canal basin, both of which have been constructed recently. It is now a very attractive area. Cycle around the back of the theatre - or walk across the front.

The trail runs along a road parallel to the canal for approximately 1 km before joining it along a section of double width towpath. Cycle under 2 bridges before leaving the canal by the lock turning right into the B4558 and across the River Usk.

Turn right to Llanfrynach following unclassified roads through to Pencelli. Follow the road to Cross Oak where there is a war memorial in the form of a celtic cross.

If you need a break or refreshments continue through to Talybont-on-Usk, since there is nothing beyond.

Otherwise turn right at the cross. We now start ascent to climb over the Beacons.

A short distance up the hill after a junction we come to the start of the Talybont Reservoir.

Talybont Reservoir

A huge dam above the village of Aber and around 2 miles from Talybont Village holds back the massive Talybont Reservoir. The point on the map is the dam which has a road along the top which is the cycle route of the Taff Trail.

Going South towards Merthyr Tydfil, the Taff Trail runs in the woodland on the South East side of the Talybont Reservoir. It follows the long steady gradient climbing some 250m to the summit. This is the Seven Mile Bank of the former Brecon and Merthyr Railway.

Going North towards Brecon, cyclists and walkers divide, with walkers continuing along the path on the same side of the valley down to Talybont-on-Usk. Part of this route follows the Brinore Tramroad (please visit for more information).

Cyclist following the `Trail cross the dam to join the road traffic towards Brecon missing out the village entirely. Alternatively if you don`t take the left turn after Aber village you will come to the canal lift bridge in Talybont-on-Usk.

Talybont Reservoir A bird overlooking Talybont Reservoir

The Usk Valley

Gate by Lock Gate
Gate by Brecon Canal Lock

Brecon Beacons in Distance
Brecon Beacons

Llanfrynach Church
Llanfrynach Church

Signs at Talybont Reservoir

Signs at the Talybont Reservoir Dam

The Brinore Tramroad:

Walking Route from the Taff Trail:
Trefil - Bryn Oer

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