Residents and visitors to Rhondda Cynon Taf are being encouraged to burn off those excess Christmas calories by enjoying one of our fascinating trails through the County Borough.
The Council has as extensive network of walking and cycling trails that thousands of people enjoy per year. So if you want to walk off the turkey dinner or help your children ride their brand new bike on a traffic-free route, then Rhondda Cynon Taf has it all.
In total there are 13 different designated trails on offer which will take you across some of the beautiful landscape scenery that Wales has to offer and help you learn about the County Borough’s fascinating history too.
And you don’t have to be active to enjoy some of the trails either because the Council’s Heritage Services has a variety of driving trails available for the less-mobile.
The three distinct types of trails in Rhondda Cynon Taf are:
Walking / Cycling Trails
Together they allow visitors to the County Borough a fascinating insight into how Rhondda Cynon Taf developed from its early days when it was first populated 10,000 years ago through to the industrial revolution which made it world famous to the present day.
The opportunity to learn more about the history of the County Borough began by following designated trails and walks that will take you to different sites where Blue Plaques have been unveiled to commemorate a famous person, building or event.
But thanks to an innovative audio project, visitors to Pontypridd, Aberdare, Hirwaun or Llantrisant also have the chance to download a bilingual (English / Welsh) audio trail and learn all the fascinating facts from each of the towns, whether it’s about the National Anthem, Guto Nyth Bran or Dr William Price there’s plenty of on offer!
The trails allow you to immerse yourself in local history and culture and are designed to be used by following a prescribed route and listening to the relevant commentary at each numbered point on the map.
Each of the trails has suggested options and detours that the user may decide to take up or not, depending on individual preferences and time available. Some of the routes follow narrow lanes, mountain roads and side streets to uncover the hidden heritage of the area.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism Cllr Robert Bevan said: “Rhondda Cynon Taf is an area with a rich heritage and beautiful landscapes and it is important that both local people and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy them by following one of the many trails on offer.
“Using technology available to us today, the audio trails help to improve the access people have to the stories of our past.
“For those who want to breath in the fresh air of the County Borough and enjoy some exercise then there’s plenty of stimulating walking and cycling trails available to them. Or anyone who wants to cover a large area but aren’t as mobile, then the driving trails are an ideal solution.
“Whatever your interest, one of our trails has something for you.”
For further details visit www.visitrct.co.uk where you will find a variety of trails aimed at walkers and cyclists and drivers! where you will find a variety of trails aimed at walkers and cyclists and drivers!