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


Pontypridd to Abercynon

(approx 4.7 miles 7.5km)

The Trail now goes up through the one-way residential Middle Street and Bonvilston Road to Coedpenmaen Rd.

At the end of this road turn left into an traffic-free section, ignore the first right turn which drops steeply, but take the second to a cycle gate and into a playing field. Down a hill then alongside the river in a very pretty, though short section ending at a lane by the Cifynydd Welfare Sports Ground and the Coedylan Comprehensive School.

From Cilfynydd we go up the short hill past the Albion Industrial Estate, across the bridge over the A470 and turn left into the A4054.

This road is straight and quiet especially when compared with the A470 just the other side of the hawthorn hedge.

Follow this road to the traffic lights where you turn left across another bridge over the A470, more traffic lights and down the hill to Abercynon.


Abercynon is situated on the side of the valley at the junction of the Rivers Cynon and Taff. It has a collection of steeply sloping streets which appear to contradict the rectangular layout of the houses.

The two stations serve the two valleys and are well placed to transport cyclists intent on riding this section of the trail (or the Celtic Trail towards Newport). The steep gradient of the railway track from the South station to Merthyr prevented it being used for the Aberdare service. Both stations (alternately) provide trains to Cardiff.

The point on the Taff Trail is the junction of Tramffordd Side, outside the fire station and close to the Navigation House public house. Here there is more evidence of the former Glamorgan Canal which had a loading point on the route from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff. Click the picture to see the inscription on the plaque mounted on the rails and stone sleepers of Trevithick's tramway which is a feature of the route north from here.


Navigation House, Abercynon

Navigation House was situated on the Glamorganshire Canal at Abercynon where iron was transferred from the tramway onto barges for onward transhipment to Cardiff Docks.

Coedpenmaen Post

Post in park on leaving Coedpenmaen Road
Coedpenmaen Road Post

The inscription on the post says "The resources of our earth`s renewal are here waiting the alchemy of repentance to resurrect from the iron of the cauldron, not force, but fellowship". The added graffiti says "Taff Trail - Thank you for your help" - is this a sarcastic comment?

Trevithick Stone Plaque

Trevithic Railway Commemorative Stone
The Stone outside the Fire Station is inscribed "In Commemoration of the Achievements of Richard Trevithick, who having constructed the first steam locomotive, did on February 21st 1804 successfully haul 10 tons of iron and numerous passengers along the tramroad from Merthyr to this precinct where was situated the loading point of the Glamorganshire Canal."
It is mounted on a representation of the rails and stone sleepers which can be found along the Taff Trail to the north of Quaker`s Yard.

Rhondda Cycle Centre, 35 High Street
Treorchy, Rhondda 01443 776584

Quakers Yard:

Merthyr Tydfil’s Richard Trevithick 2004 site

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