The Taff Trail

The Taff Trail:Merthyr Tydfil

Merthyr Tydfil

The nearest point on the Taff Trail to the centre of Merthyr Tydfil is by the college. It is also a very large Pay and Display Car Park.

To the south is a quiet roadway leading to traffic-free paths along the western side of the River Taff.

To the north is a rather difficult connection, crossing a number of main roads etc. before getting back to traffic free paths just before the former Cyfarthfa Iron Works.

The Station at Merthyr Tydfil is the end of the line from Cardiff and is in the town centre. There is better access to the Taff Trail from Pentrebach Station.

Merthyr Tydfil to Abercanaid

(approx 1.6 miles 2.5km)

From Merthyr College the Taff Trail starts just past the river footbridge which leads to the Town Centre.

Pass under the bridge with mozaics showing an image of valleys life and its history, and past the Rhydycar Leisure Centre.

A short rise then turn left under a bridge then down onto the towpath of the former Glamorganshire Canal. The Taff Trail follows the canal for the next 5 miles and later after a gap for a further 2 miles.

Merthyr Tydfil to Cefn Coed Viaduct

(approx 1.6 miles 2.5km)

From the College we cross the main road at traffic lights, across the river bridge then sharp left into a path and street. Turn right and across Bethesda St at a lights controlled crossing.

Turning left then right onto a narrow river terrace in front of houses through to Cyfarthfa Rd. Turn left and across the road at the traffic lights and up a short rise in Swansea Road. Turn left to Cafarthfa Iron Works. The dedicated path is now well made right through to Cefn Coed Viaduct.

Although care is needed, an alternative, quicker, simpler route is to turn left at the college into Penry St. and follow the road to the traffic lights at Swansea Road. This road was once the through route for A470 traffic. The A470 bypass was built and much of the local traffic diverted onto a network of new roads.