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

The Taff Trail

Cycling The Taff Trail

The Taff Trail is a multi-purpose route between the Cardiff waterfront at Cardiff Bay in the South and the Market Town of Brecon in the North. 55 miles (88km) in length, it passes close to Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil and through a wide variety of urban and suburban landscapes of those towns and the open moorland of the Brecon Beacons. There are also many "green fingers" where the Taff Trail itself appears to bring the countryside into the town. The area is also rich in industrial archeology.

Most of the Taff Trail follows the same line as the southern part of the Sustrans National Cycle route number 8 which goes from Cardiff to Holyhead.

For historic reasons some parts of the Taff Trail follow a route which is not part of the National Cycleway Route 8 or there is more than one route running parallel. This applies just north of Cardiff where there is a high level route via Castell Coch and a low level route via Taffs Well.

A large proportion of the Taff Trail is designated "Traffic Free" which has been achieved by using the routes of former tramways, railways and canal towpaths including the original rights-of-way, embankments, cuttings and viaducts. Many of these routes have important historical significance to the industrial heritage of South Wales.

The Taff Trail is used by walkers and cyclists for trips of varying length throughout the year. Parts are also suitable for horseriders.

Cycling some of the route is very easy, and suitable for novices and family groups. There are parts, however which are remote and/or strenuous which should never be started without careful planning (fitness, equipment, route and weather). It is not intended that this website can provide sufficient information to plan your journey in full and you should seek additional information and in particular a good map.

This website gives a view of the Taff Trail from a cyclist's viewpoint.

Marking both ends of the Taff Trail

The Southern End of The Taff Trail
The southern end of the Taff Trail in Cardiff Bay is marked by the Celtic Ring, above.

The Northern end in Brecon is marked with the post, just outside the Theatr Brycheiniog. Click the photo for more information. Brecon Taff Trail Post

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This is near the Taff Trail. Please click the picture for answer.


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