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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

Quaker`s Yard

Pont y Gwaith to Quaker`s Yard

(approx 1.9 miles 3km)

The Taff trail turns left, drops steeply down under the A470, taking care with the stepped track surface. Across the river on the hump-backed Pont y Gwaith (Work Bridge) we climb up through the trees and turn right back onto a level former railway section of the trial.

The best known of Tevithick's locomotives was the one he made to carry iron along the cast iron tramway from the Pendarren ironworks to the Glamorgan canal. The iron was loaded onto barges at Abercynon. It was he said, 'the first and only self-moving machine that ever was made to travel on a road with 25 tons at 4 mph, and completely manageable by one man'. This steam locomotive was used for the first time over this track in 1804 (25 years before Stephenson's Rocket). You can bounce your bicycle along the original stone sleepers as you tackle this part of the Taff Trail.

Continue until you arrive at houses and Roderick's Terrace which marks Quaker`s Yard.

Quaker`s Yard

(approx 1.2 miles 2km)

At Quaker's Yard the Taff Trail passes above a caravan park along a back lane. The lane (Roderick's Terrace) is on a steep hill with a blind corner.

If following Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 47 (East), drop down Roderick's Terrace across the bridge over the river and the main road. Turn left at the Quaker's Yard Inn. Another left takes you across the stream to the mostly off-road route through to Newport via Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed and the Sirhowy Valley.

If using the train access to the Taff Trail is better from Abercynon (North or South station) than from Quaker's Yard.

Route Markers at Quakers Yard

Sign Post at quakers Yard
Taff Trail marker at Quakers Yard

Cycle Route No47

Map of Route 47 crossing Route 8

Quakers Yard:

Merthyr Tydfil’s Richard Trevithick 2004 site

Valley Horse Rides Merthyr Tydfil & South Wales:

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.