Taff Trail improvements
Cyclists and walkers taking a ride or stroll along the Taff Trail through Rhondda Cynon Taf this winter will see a number of improvements to the route.
Sections of the Taff Trail have been enhanced with new directional signage to help walkers and cyclists on their way, whilst a section of the trail near Cilfynydd has been improved.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council worked with Sustrans on the project within the county borough and received funding from Capital Region Tourism for the improvements.
Councillor Paul Cannon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism & Heritage, said: “Our county borough has so much to offer walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with a range of great trails, including the Taff Trail. This project improves the signage along the route and better links Pontypridd and its facilities to walkers and cyclists.
“Many of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s most popular visitor attractions are within easy reach of the Taff Trail and I hope many people will get out and about and enjoy all that’s on offer this winter.”
Some of the attractions near the Taff Trail in Rhondda Cynon Taf include:
Nantgarw Chinaworks Museum, the only surviving 19th Century porcelain works in Great Britain, situated soon after the Taff Trail enters the county boundary. The Friends of Nantgarw have formed a charitable trust to promote and to preserve the house and ruins of the pottery at Tyla Gwyn, Nantgarw, which once produced some of the finest porcelain the world has known.
One of Wales’s most unusual natural wonders, the 5,000-year-old Taff’s Well Thermal Spring is in Taff’s Well Park and is open to the public. It is the only thermal spring in Wales, travelling to depths of over 400 metres and rising to a temperature of 21 degrees.
Umber & Sienna Arts Café in The Old Forge, Parish Road, Taff’s Well shows work by local artists and craftspeople. Hungry cyclists or walkers can also enjoy a great meal and drinks.
Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, a few miles north of Taff’s Well along the Taff Trail, is a perfect place to stop and unwind. The story of Pontypridd is told at the nearby Pontypridd Museum, which stands on the banks of the River Taff next to the town's famous Old Bridge.
The Taff Trail also has links to the Treforest and Church Village Community Route – with plenty of opportunities for walking and cycling in lovely surroundings.
For more information on Rhondda Cynon Taf's trails, attractions, history and heritage and places to stay, go to our Tourism pages
For more information on events in Rhondda Cynon Taf this autumn, please go to our Events pages