Cardiff to Castell Coch

A great ride for families and novice cyclists, this route takes you on a traffic free path from Bute Park in Cardiff all the way out to the fairytale Castell Coch.

The Taff Trail runs for 55 miles between Cardiff and Brecon along a mixture of riverside paths, railway paths and forest roads. This section between Cardiff and Castell Coch begins at Bute Park, passing the Millennium stadium as it follows the River Taff through the heart of the city. Bute Park is a fantastic green space which is well worth exploring. Originally created as the private garden to Cardiff Castle, its Victorian layout still exists but it has been extensively planted with trees to form the Bute Park Arboretum. 

The wildlife and history make it a great way to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Between Llandaff and Tongwynlais you pass the Melingriffith Water Pump, a water-powered beam engine erected in 1807 to lift water 11 feet up from the river to the Glamorganshire Canal. The pump, considered to be one of the most important industrial monuments in Europe, worked for 140 years until 1948 when the canal was closed and filled in. In Tongwynlais you can visit Castell Coch, a 19th-century castle built on medieval remains. Situated on a hillside surrounded by beech woodland, its conical turrets rising about the trees give it a ‘fairy-tale' appearance.

The nearest train stations to access the route are Cardiff Central, Cardiff Bay, and Radyr.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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