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 Nantgarw

(approx 4.3 miles 7km)

From Pontypridd junction of Ynysangharad Road and Pentrbach Road, cycle down Pentrebach Road turn left into Cemetery Road. Turn right into the narrow path which is the start of the traffic-free sections.
The trail first follows a path above the cemetery, then through houses.

Crossing Dynea Road marks the start of the wooded section which continues through to Nantgarw. If ever there was a good case for a subway there is one here. This is a very busy dual carriageway which is also a steep hill. Traffic coming to a stop for the crossing often has to brake very hard and there has been at least one fatality at this spot. The approach to this road from the North on the Taff Trail is just below the Aero Engine maintenance factory. The main road ahead is elevated on an embankment - an ideal site for a subway.

Circumnavigated the houses to the double pelican crossing across the dual carriageway of Caerphilly Road.


The Taff Trail, together with National Cycle Routes 4 and 8 cross the A468 Caerphilly Road at Nantgarw. This is a dual carriageway with pelican crossing.

Going south the path drops down a short distance through woodland to the former railway line. At the bottom to the left is National Cycleway route Number 4 in a deep cutting towards Caerphilly. To the right is the route to Walnut Tree Junction at Taffs Well.

Going North through housing we rejoin another former railway line towards Pontypridd.


The post to the South of Nantgarw Hill dual carriageway
Nantgarw Post
The inscription on the post says "From Grassy foothills to flushes of heather get away from city-life and breathe in fresh steam and red hot cinders (from The London Steam Up-line)"

The Post at Rhydyfelin
Rhydyfelin Marker Post
The inscription on this one says "To follow paths by sycamores and beeches by wind sculpted oaks and precocious saplings (From Red Kite over Heol Nant Eos by Mike Jenkins)"

Cycle Route No4

Map of Route 4 crossing Route 8

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