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

Cardiff Bay

Sophia Gardens to Cardiff Bay

(Approx 2.2 miles 3.5km)

Starting at the southern end of Sophia Gardens cross over Cowbridge Road East at the double pelican crossing. This is where town planners demonstrate the dominance of motor vehicles by forcing pedestrians (and in this case cyclists) to wait twice to cross over a single road.

Past Morgan's Landing the wide pavement opposite the National Stadium gives plenty of space for both cyclists and pedestrians except when there are market stalls (match days etc.)

The pelican crossing in Wood Street has been known to work, but a pedestrian walking slowly can walk 100 metres or so after the crossing button has been pressed even when there is no traffic.

Stay on the designated pavement/cycleway through to the next junction. Cross Penarth Road at the traffic lights, back to the cycleway then into the road of a residential street, and finally traffic free for a short way to Clarence Bridge.

Going towards "The Bay" there is no need to cross the main road. Patches in the carriageway show cycling areas in James Street. A Taff Trail sign point in the direction of Techniquest taking you across several speed bumps. Then... nothing... Where is the end of the Taff Trail?

Cardiff Bay

Mermaid Quay is the new and fashionable area in "The Bay" with a large number of restaurants from a variety of countries.

Since the area is pedestrianised it is difficult for a cyclist, even though this is the start of the Taff Trail.

The first picture was taken during the 1980's before the development was started it shows the now demolished Industrial and Maritime Museum (behind the pole) along with some of the external exhibits. What happened to the Trevithick Locomotive?

You can arrive by train at Cardiff Bay station. There is also the UCI Cinema, The National Assembly and the docks.

There's lots of events in Cardiff Bay and more information can be obtained from the following web sites:,

but you've no time for these if you want to cycle the Taff Trail!

The River Taff in Cardiff

Sign Posts in Sophia Gardens
Signs in Sophia Gardens

Clarence Bridge
Clarence Bridge looking towards the Bay

Millennium Stadium
Millennium Stadium

Mermaid Quay

Cardiff Bay

The picture above shows Mermaid quay and the pierhead building taken from close to the Norwegian Church.

Compare this with the picture below taken during the 1980's
Cardiff Bay in the `80s

(Click for bigger image)

Cardiff Bay Station

Cardiff Bay Railway Station is approximately 500m from Mermaid Quay, the Start of the Taff Trail.

This station gives good access to the Valley Lines, however if arriving in Cardiff Central with a bicycle it is easier to cycle to Cardiff Bay.

Millennium Stadium

This part of the Taff Trail becomes crowded during major events in the Millenium Stadium. Take extra care.
The Millennium Stadium from the Taff Trail

A boat trip around The Bay with Cardiff Bay Cruises

The Cardiff Bay Water Bus

The Pedal Power Project, a charity providing cycling to the disabled, are now running a cycle hire service from Cardiff Caravan Park. They have recently extended their fleet of bikes and now have a range of sizes available to suit gents, ladies and kids. For bookings or any other info on Pedal Power Project and the cycle hire service, contact Chris Esprit on 07896374679. (updated Jan 2007)
Cardiff Cycling Campaign