The Taff Trail:Talybont Reservoir
This location is the dam built across the valley to hold back the water of Talybont Reservoir. It has a road along the top and car parking is available.
Talybont Reservoir to Torpantau
(approx 6.5 miles 10.5km)
This section starts at the junction of the main road and the road across the dam.
Cross the dam to join the walking route from Talybont-on-Usk. Turn right to follow the traffic free track along the SE side of the reservoir.
This section of the Brecon and Merthyr Railway, closed in 1962, was called the 7 mile bank and has a constant gradient of 1 in 38. This is not very steep on a bicycle except it goes on a long way.
This continues almost all the way to the summit.
Talybont Reservoir to Llanfrynach
Arriving from Torpantau, cross over the dam, then follow the lane through Aber Village and down, taking the left turn to Cross Oaks, then another left to Pencelli.
After the Caravan site, and immediately before the canal, turn left into the narrow lane which runs through to Llanfrynach.
Walker's Route: Talybont Reservoir to Talybont-on-Usk
From Torpantau, do not cross the dam, but follow the unsurfaced path which joins the former Brinore Tramway. There are much more lose stones on the surface which it is not recommended for cyclists. Walkers can follow the Canal Towpath from Talybont-on-Usk to Brynich Lock.