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


Taffs Well to Tongwynlais

(approx 0.9 miles 1.5km)

Starting near the Station Car Park at Taffs Well carry on up the hill to the traffic lights and turn left. (I usually head for the pavement at the lights since it connects better with the marked section further on).

Across the next junction, the pavement is clearly marked for cyclists. This pavement follows all around the busy A470 interchange and through to Tongwynlais where the route joins up with the High Level route from Castell Coch.


Tongwynlais is a small village on the on the edge of the Valleys and on the Cardiff end of the narrow Taff Gorge. It attracts visitors from outside the area because of the unusual Castell Coch which towers on the hillside above. From the cross roads outside the Lewis Arms: to the north-west is Taff's Well; to the north-east is Castell Coch; whilst to the South is the route to Cardiff.

Tongwynlais has provisions, Fish & Chip shop, pubs and a cycle shop.

Although there is a 20 mph speed limit in the Tongwynlais, the "traffic calming measures" are particularly difficult for a cyclist to negotiate safely. Some motorist give way to bicycles others don't. Speed bumps are very high and need to be cycled around or out of your saddle. Also 2 of the road narrowings have vehicles approaching from 3 directions at once.

Going North, the Trail divides here with the older, more strenuous route via Castell Coch. The sign post now shows this as Taff Trail - High Level.

Going South to Cardiff, with minor exceptions the trail stays close to the River Taff.


The Junction of the high level route via Castell Coch and the low level route via Taffs Well.

The Junction in Tongwynlais

Walking Route from the Taff Trail:
Fforest Fawr - Taff`s Well - Rhiwbina Hill

Taff Trail Cycle Hire, Forest Farm Country Park
Whitchurch, Cardiff 029 2075 1235

Enjoy Poi. Suppliers of poi and other items.
Friends of Forest Farm

Tongwynlais Cycle Care, Open 7 days
029 2081 3851
R and M Community

Gelynis Farm, Morganstown (next to `Iron Bridge`)
Accommodation and Fruit Farm

Ffa Coffee shop, Station Rd, Radyr tel:029 2021 3100
Ffa Coffee Shop and licenced Tapas bar
Cardiff Cycling Campaign

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