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

Garwnant Visitors Centre

Cefn Coed Viaduct to Garwnant Visitors Centre

This route is more difficult, in several ways, to the main route of the Taff Trail. 1. Waymarking is not as good so you do need a good map and 2. The route uses bridleways which are both steep and often have a poor surface.

From the Viaduct drop down the hill to the western side of the Taff and onto a road passing under the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road and along between the cemeteries to Ffrwd Road which becomes a bridleway. As it runs alongside a new section of the A470, there is a stile. Lift your bike over and cross the main road to junction opposite GR022084.

Here 4 roads and pathways join the A470. From Left to Right 1.Road to Ffrwd Isaf. 2.Asphalt road going steeply uphill and is the cycle route. 3.A Footpath which runs through the Penmoelallt Nature Resrve, but unsuitable for cycling. 4.Another Bridleway.

Taking 2. after a short steep section there are 2 gates then a stoney track going approximately a mile to a junction, then turn right. The track here has mountain bike markings, but destinations are unclear.

Continue down a steady gradient to the edge of the forestry and across two fields, through the farm at Pen-twyn-isaf and down a road to the Llwyn-on Reservoir. Follow the road alongside the reservoir through to Garwnant.

Garwnant Visitors Centre

Garwnant is on the Taf Fawr part of the Taff Trail. Where the main cycle route between Merthyr Tyfil and Brecon runs in the Taf Fechan, the Taf Fawr is the route of the A470 main road.

At Garwnant, the Forestry Commission Wales, run a visitors centre. In addition to a large Car Park and Cafe there are numerous facilities available including Play Area, Bike Hire, Gift Shop and Education Centre.

Local walks and cycle routes are available of varying standards and duration, with further information leaflets availeble in the Cafe.

It should be noted that the cycle route to Cefn Coed is strenuous and the path running north beyond the woodland is not recemmended. Whilst you may consider the A470 road to be a suitable alternative, this single carriageway road carries traffic at high speed and cannot be considered safe for cyclists.

If arriving at Garwnant by other transport, it is ideal location for a family day out. The Brecon Bike Bus from Cardiff calls here.

Garwnant Visitors Centre

Garwnant Entrance
Sign at Garwnant Visitors Centre

Cafe at Garwnant
Cafe at Garwnant Visitors Centre

Taf Fawr

The main cycle route across the Brecon Beacons uses the Taf Fechan via Torpantau. This route is well waymarked both as the Taff Trail and as part of the National Cycle Network.

The Taff Trail has a second route via the Taf Fawr and the Storey Arms (NOT a public house). This is a through route for walkers and there are many bridleways which can be used by cyclists, though there are gaps in what can be considered practical for cycling.

Waymarking is not as good as it is on the main route and a good map is essential.

CYCLING by BUS Cardiff-Brecon-Cardiff returns
from 29th May 2005 See Info Leaflet (PDF file)

Maps covering the Taff Trail

This OS Explorer Map 12 covers the Northern part of the Taff Trail in the Brecon Beacons. For the Southern part, the Landranger series are the more up-to-date.