Cardiff Bay Cardiff Bay Sophia Gardens Sophia Gardens Hailey Park Tongwynlais Tongwynlais Taffs Well Treforest Abercynon Abercynon Quakers Yard Pont y Gwaith Aberfan Abercanaid Garwnant Brecon
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

Sophia Gardens

Cardiff Bay to Sophia Gardens

(approx 2.2 miles 3.5km)

From the Celtic Ring, did the planners really intend cyclist to cycle through Roald Dahl Plas, formerly the Oval Basin on the start of their journey north?

Whether coming by train (Cardiff Bay station), from the UCI Cinema or The National Assembly, make your way to James Street where the orange patches in the carriageway are marked for cyclists. Its a rare treat when there are no vehicles parked across them.

Cross over the River Taff on Clarence Bridge, then the first hazard - crossing over the busy main road to get to the gap in the barrier to the start of the first very short traffic-free section.

Taff Embankment is a hotch-potch of on and traffic-free bits some designated for cycling and some only for pedestrians. Through to Penarth Road (A double pelican crossing really is not suitable for cyclists). Use the junction with traffic lights then get back onto the off-side pavement which is designated for cyclists and pedestrians through to Wood Street and its slow pelican crossing.

This is close to the main Bus and Central Railway Stations.

Care is needed when cycling around Morgan's Landing (hotel) as there is a blind corner at the top. On to Cowbridge Road East with the double pelican crossing to Sophia Gardens.

Sophia Gardens

Close to Cardiff City Centre there is a large area dedicated to leisure and tourism. This includes Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna and BlackWeir.

Sophia Gardens on the South West corner is home to the National Sports Centre and the National and County Cricket Ground.

The Taff Trail follows the river bank behind both of them. A new footbridge crosses the river into Bute Park, behind the castle. At times a large volume of both pedestrians and cyclist use this relatively narrow path so extra care (and a bicycle bell) are needed.

An alternative route (previously the only route turns left after the cricket ground to follow a road past the caravan site and equestrian centre as far to Western Avenue (A48).

Further north the playing fields in Pontcanna Fields are full of activity every weekend during the season as lots of Rugby games at varying levels are in progress.

The Trail in Cardiff


Cyclists with Stadium in distance

Millennium Stadium

Millennium Stadium

Sophia Gardens

New Bridge to Bute Park

Bridge in Sophia Gardens

Rail - Cardiff Central Station

The main Cardiff Railway Station is situated close to the Millennium Stadium. It is 200m from the Taff Trail and 700m from Sophia Gardens.

Millennium Stadium

This part of the Taff Trail becomes crowded during major events in the Millenium Stadium. Take extra care.
The Millennium Stadium from the Taff Trail

The Cardiff Bay Water Bus

The Pedal Power Project, a charity providing cycling to the disabled, are now running a cycle hire service from Cardiff Caravan Park. They have recently extended their fleet of bikes and now have a range of sizes available to suit gents, ladies and kids. For bookings or any other info on Pedal Power Project and the cycle hire service, contact Chris Esprit on 07896374679. (updated Jan 2007)
Cardiff Cycling Campaign

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