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Cefn Coed Viaduct
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Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir

Cefn Coed y Cymmer and Viaduct

Merthyr Tydfil to Cefn Coed Viaduct

(approx 1.6 miles 2.5km)

From the College we go out into th main road at traffic lights then sharp left into a path. The signs point you into a narrow footpath in front of housing which is too narrow to take cycles and pedestrians safely. Soon after the trail signs are confused and it is probably best to make your way to the Swansea Road A4102 where there is a clear double width pavement (Cycles and Pedestrians) before dropping down to the traffic free section from the old kilns to Cefn Coed Viaduct.

Immediately from the college there are two sets of traffic lights to negotiate - turn right then left. Immediately on the second left, cut across the pavement to find a cycle path. The next section is completely unsatisfactory, either because of badly positioned or missing trail signs or my personal expectations I have twice lost the trail and ended up on the main road. The Swansea Road (A4102) which links the new A470 has a wide clearly marked cylce path turning off to the Lime Kilns.

Cefn Coed y Cymmer and Viaduct

Cefn Coed Viaduct
The plaque provided by the Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Traust says "This viaduct stands 115 feet high and was built to carry the Merthyr to Brecon line. The cost of building was 25,000. Notice the curving sweep of the viaduct so built to avoid Crawshay land."

Cefn Coed y Cymmer
This village really did benefit from the new A470 bypass. It was most unpleasant, not to say dangerous, when all the Brecon traffic had to climb up its High Street. It is now much improved. Cyclists need to go straight across High Street.

Cefn Coed Viaduct


Cefn Coed Viaduct


The Taff Trail runs along the Cefn Coed Viaduct making the ride easier and providing a spectacular view of the area.

The remains of Cyfarthfa Ironworks


Remains of Cyfarthfa Ironworks


High Arch at former Cyfarthfa Iron Works


You can find out about the Cyfarthfa Ironworks at Alan and Geoff's website


Cefn Coed Viaduct Plaque


Cefn Coed Viaduct Plaque


The inscription on the plaque says
This viaduct stands 115 ft high and was built to carry the Merthyr to Brecon Line/ The cost of building was 25,000. Notice the curving sweep of the viaduct so built to avoid Crawshay land.


Brecon Mountain Railway
www.breconmountainrailway.co.uk

Old Merthyr:
www.oldmerthyrtydfil.com

Find out about the Cyfarthfa Ironworks at Alan and Geoff’s website
www.alangeorge.co.uk/cyfarthfa_ironworks.htm

Hobo Backpackers Hostel
www.hobo-backpackers.com

Merthyr Tydfil’s Richard Trevithick 2004 site
www.trevithick2004.co.uk

Valley Horse Rides Merthyr Tydfil & South Wales:
www.valleyrides.co.uk





Cefn Coed Viaduct - now part of the Taff Trail

Cefn Coed Viaduct is part of the Taff Trail