The Taff Trail runs for 55 miles between Cardiff and Brecon along a mixture of riverside paths, railway paths and forest roads.
In Cardiff, the Taff Trail starts in Cardiff Bay and follows the river through Grangetown, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields, Hailey Park, Forest Farm to Tongwynlais near Castell Coch. The Trail continues North ending in Brecon.
Just a short ride away and you’re transported from cosmopolitan Cardiff to rural heaven. Cycle eight relatively gentle miles along the Taff corridor, to a land of crashing weirs rich with wildlife, impressive mountain backdrops and the picturesque Castell Coch perched on the mountainside. On the trail, there are plenty of pretty places to stop and picnic before arriving at the industrial heritage town of Pontypridd. Here you will find a museum, historic old bridge and the tranquil Ynysangharad War Memorial Park. Back on the trail, head for Merthyr Tydfil, a town built on iron and coal, and home to the magnificent Cyfarthfa Castle. Visit the Castle’s museum and art gallery before climbing steadily up the Torpantau Pass where you’ll discover the old Merthyr Railway. Ride on to Brecon through picture perfect mountain landscapes, majestic waterfalls and crystal clear reservoirs, before arriving into Brecon town – home to a Cathedral, plenty of places to eat and drink, and quaint shops to browse in.
Along the route, there are plenty of opportunities to stop to picnic while enjoying the scenery and wildlife. The trail is suitable for walking and cycling with links to local shops and cafes along the way.
Heron, Cormorants, Grey Wagtail and Kingfishers are just some of the birds that can be seen along the trail. Otters have also become established on the river. During the autumn, you can sometimes see the salmon jumping upstream by the weirs.
Check out the route on www.sustrans.org.uk for Route No.8 Taff Trail. You can then decide the best option for you to get there using public transport, on foot or cycling.
Next Bike – If you don’t have a bike, there are plenty of Next Bike stands to explore the Cardiff section of the trail. Make sure you return your bike to a designated location when you are finished exploring the trail.