Cycling is a fun and enjoyable way to stay physically active. In Rhondda Cynon Taf we are fortunate to have a wide range of trails and paths, that form part of the national cycle network. Sections of some trails are on the road, but many of them are off road and traffic free. There are plenty of off road, tarmac paths perfect for family bike rides. There are also plenty of more challenging rides for confident cyclists which include on-road sections, gravel paths and steep climbs. Below are route videos and maps, which will help to familiarise you with the route and hopefully encourage you to try it.
Use the Taff Trail to journey from Abercynon to Pontypridd, winding your way south, following the River Taf. Pop out in Trallwn, navigate the one way system and arrive at the beautiful Ynysangharad War Memorial Park.
Abercynon to Taff Bargoed Lakes and Rock UK Summit Centre. 90 min leisurely ride / 14km return. Mostly flat, one short switchback climb
Starting from Aberdare town centre, this 15km circular route around the Cynon Valley is mostly on tarmac cycle paths although there is one section from Cwmaman to Abercwmboi on gravel paths that could be quite challenging to less experienced riders.
Aberdare to Dare Valley Country Park
Family trail from Aberdare Town Centre to the stunning Dare Valley Country Park. Parking available at the start location and refreshments at Dare Valley to finish.
Cycling to work is great exercise and it is fantastic for the environment. Our video shows how to travel between: Aberdare Train Station and Hirwaun Industrial Estate. With access to lots of workplaces!
Starting from Aberdare Leisure Centre. The trail ride follows Sustrans route 478 north, winding its way alongside the River Cynon following the old mineral lines of the areas industrial past. The ride finishes outside the famous Penderyn Whisky factory before retracing the route back to Aberdare.
It’s never been easier to commute within the Cynon Valley. Leave your car at home, get some exercise and save the environment. Use this route to connect between Aberdare Train Station, Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, Mountain Ash Train Station, Cwm Cynon Business Park, Pontycynon Industrial Estate, Abercynon Sport Centre and Navigation Park in Abercynon.
Pontypridd to Barry Sidings Countryside Park
A short out and back route from Pontypridd to Barry Sidings Country Park a hidden gem located at the foot of the Rhondda Valleys. A popular location for families and mountain bikers.
Using Route 8 and Route 4. 24km return - great for confident cyclists. Visit the second largest Medieval fortress in Britain
Using Route 8 and Route 47. 25km return - some steep climbs up to 10%
Using the Trevithick Trail & Taff Trail (route 8). 43km loop. A great ride for confident cyclists
3 Community Routes used: Treforest, Church Village & Llantrisant. 16km one way / 32km return. 3 hour ride in total.
Using the Taff Trail (route 8). 11km one way / 22km return. Good surface, great for confident cyclists.
Cycling to work is great exercise and fantastic for the environment. Our video shows how to travel between: Taffs Well Train Station, Parc Nantgarw (Coleg Y Cymoedd), Treforest Industrial Estate and USW Sports Park. With access to hundreds of workplaces!
Talbot Green to Tonyrefail
Using National Cycle Network Route 4. 17km / 60-90 minutes (return). Passing Ynysmaerdy, Coedely and Thomastown.
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