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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

Sophia Gardens

Hailey Park to Sophia Gardens

(approx 2 miles 3.2km)

Travelling South from Hailey Park we pass through a subway at Bridge Road. Stay alongside the river following the path past Llandaff Weir with the rowing club on the far bank and the spires of Llandaff Cathedral beyond.

After the subway under the A48 Western Avenue, continue straight ahead past the Tesco store to Blackweir, then cross the river into Pontcanna Fields on the footbridge at Blackweir.

Now continue through Pontcanna Fields (Playing fields) 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.

Sophia Gardens

New Bridge to Bute Park

Bridge in Sophia Gardens

Llandaff Cathedral Seen from the Taff Trail
Llandaff the Cathedral for Cardiff seen from the Taff 

Llandaff Weir and Rowing Club
Llandaff Rowing Club and Weir

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.

Signs at Blackweir
Sign near Gabalfa

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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