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Taffs Well
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Taffs Well
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Cardiff
Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir

Pont y Gwaith

Quaker`s Yard to Pont y Gwaith

(approx 1.9 miles 3km)

The start of this section is from Roderick's Terrace and, with the river Taff downhill on the right. Straight ahead, we are soon alongside the river leaving the houses behind and the route again takes up a rural feel running in a deep valley.

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.
On arrival at a tarmac lane we drop down and over the river again on a hump-back bridge at Pont y Gwaith.

Pont y Gwaith

The plaque by the Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Trust reads "Taff Trail Heritage Sites. Pont y gwaith meaning the `Works Bridge` was constructed in 1811 to replace a wooden bridge associated with the nearby 16th century ironworks. Repaired in 1993 by Mid Glamorgan County Counciland awarded a commendation by the Civic Trust."

At this point the Taff Trail crosses to the opposite side of the valley.

From the bridge to go South climb the lane to the former Trevithick railway track towards Quaker's Yard.

The Northern route climbs up the hill under the A470 subway. This surface in this steep subway was constructed as a series of concrete steps making it impossible to ride and difficult to push a bicycle. This was slightly improved by the construction of a ramp along one side of the steps.

Pontygwaith

Plaque at Pontygwaith
Plaque at Pontygwaith


Pontygwaith - the Bridge from below
Workmans Bridge


The River Taff at Pontygwaith
River Taff at Pontygwaith

One of the original Stone Sleepers from Richard Trevithick`s Steam Railway of 1804
Stone Sleeper


These stones were the original track sleepers for Richard Trevithick`s steam railway of 1804.
Stone Sleepers


Quakers Yard:
www.quakersyard.co.uk

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

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


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