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

Abercanaid and Pentrebach

Merthyr Tydfil to Abercanaid

(approx 1.6 miles 2.5km)

From Merthyr College follow the car park road or the pavement alongside the river. The Taff Trail starts just past the entrance to the footbridge across the river.

Pass under the bridge with artwork showing an image of valleys life and its history, and Rhydycar Leisure Centre.

A short rise bring us to a junction. Turn left under a bridge then down onto the towpath of the former Glamorganshire Canal. The Taff Trail follows the canal for the next 5 miles and can be followed for a further 2 miles towards Abercynon.

Abercanaid and Pentrebach

Abercanaid and Pentrebach are two small villages situated on opposite sides of the valley. The Main Road and Railway at Pentrebach are on one side with the Taff Trail at Abercanaid on the other.
Lwyn yr Eos Plaque
This plaque, on the outside wall of the pub reads "Llwyn Yr Oes Inn Llwyn Yr Eos (Nightingale Grove) was the name of the district before it became Abercanaid. Built during the last decade of the 1700s the pub is sited on the towpath of the Glamorganshire Canal. Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Trust "


Llwyn yr Eos Inn Abercanaid
Llwyn Yr Eos Inn

Route Marker at Abercanaid
Abercanaid post

Marker Post at Merthyr Tydfil
Marker Post at Merthyr Tydfil
The inscription says "I now perceived a valley below me full of lights and, descending reached houses and a tramway. I had blazes now all around me. (From Wild Wales by George Borrow)"

Salmon mosaic at Rhydycar.
Salmon mosaic at Rhydycar

Pentrbach Station

Nearest Railway Station - Pentrbach
Pentrebach Station
If you take the train to Pentrebach Station, you will find a footpath at the end of the platform, a pedestrian subway under the railway, followed by a bridge over the River Taff. Follow the street ahead and the Taff Trail is at the top.

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

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