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

Start of the Taff Trail in Cardiff Bay

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!

Start of the Taff Trail in Cardiff Bay

But where is the Taff Trail?

The Taff Trail always started and ended at the Torroid (Celtic Ring) the circular sculpture which is now situated on the lower Board Walk, between Roald Dahls Plass and the waters edge.

Are there any signs for the Taff Trail here? ... No!

There are some small labels showing Sustrans Route Number 8 heading for Cardiff City Centre. DO NOT follow these unless you really want Cardiff City Centre.

After the building of Mermaid Quay and the construction of Pedestrianised streets, the best starting point for the Taff Trail is right outside Techniquest.

From Techniquest the Taff Trail runs along the street opposite (Adelaide Street) and left along the busy James Street across Clarence Bridge. Turn right into a path alongside the River to Sophia Gardens.

There is a much more interesting route see note to the left.

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)

Windsor Esplanade

There is a much more interesting route which takes in the actual mouth of the River Taff. From Techniquest cycle along Stuart Street away from Mermaid Quay to a roundabout. (The sign post shows Penarth and Ferry Road) Then along a short cycleway into Dudley Street and Windsor Esplanade. Designated as a cycle route, this is the only traditional residential street of houses remaining with a full view of Cardiff Bay.

At the end of Windsor Esplanade turn right to the entrance to the Hamadryad Park which is directly underneath the A4232 flyover. If the gates appear to be closed, look for a small gate/opening on the left hand side.

The path through the park passes the mouth of the River Taff at the point where it enters the bay. This section, running as it does along the edge of the River Taff, should qualify it to be called Taff Trail, in preference to the official route.

We then continue along Clarence Embankment to Clarence Bridge and the official Taff Trail towards Sophia Gardens.

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.

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