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Taffs Well
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Pontsarn Pontsticill Reservoir

Talybont Reservoir

From Torpantau to Talybont Reservoir

(approx 6.5 miles 10.5km)

The nearest point to the Neuadd Reservoirs is the point where the trail doubles back sharply to the right. This long gentle gradient is traffic free and avoids a very steep dip on the narrow main road.

When we come back to the main road there is still a short steep climb to the summit, but as we are now above the tree line and there are wide grass verges and a good view.

A point of interest here is that there is the disused railway tunnel which passes directly below the summit. It is one of the highest rail tunnels ever to have been built in Britain to link Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon. What a pity we can't cycle along the railway track along the other side of the lake and through the tunnel. This would avoid quite a few hills.

Over the top is a short descent, but don't miss the right turn through a gate onto another traffic free section. This former railway takes us down the SE side of the valley and alongside the Talybont Reservoir.

Talybont Reservoir

A huge dam above the village of Aber and around 2 miles from Talybont Village holds back the massive Talybont Reservoir. The point on the map is the dam which has a road along the top which is the cycle route of the Taff Trail.

Going South towards Merthyr Tydfil, the Taff Trail runs in the woodland on the South East side of the Talybont Reservoir. It follows the long steady gradient climbing some 250m to the summit. This is the Seven Mile Bank of the former Brecon and Merthyr Railway.

Going North towards Brecon, cyclists and walkers divide, with walkers continuing along the path on the same side of the valley down to Talybont-on-Usk. Part of this route follows the Brinore Tramroad (please visit for more information).

Cyclist following the `Trail cross the dam to join the road traffic towards Brecon missing out the village entirely. Alternatively if you don`t take the left turn after Aber village you will come to the canal lift bridge in Talybont-on-Usk.

Seat with carving of leaf
Bench with carving of a leaf

The top end of Talybont Reservoir
Top end of Talybont Reservoir

Talybont Reservoir A bird overlooking Talybont Reservoir

Signs at Talybont Reservoir

Signs at the Talybont Reservoir Dam

The Brinore Tramroad:

Walking Route from the Taff Trail:
Trefil - Bryn Oer

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