This route is for those who would like to get into the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, but it starts from possibly the most famous of South Wales’ former mining towns, ending in the picturesque rural town of Brecon.
The contrasts don’t just stop there. The route utilises many path types, from old railway line converted to a dust cycle path, to forest roads, undulating forest paths, minor roads and canal towpath. There are conifer and deciduous woodland, open heath-land and agricultural hedge-lined fields.
Very few routes can offer such a wide range of scenery types and points of interest.
Due to the range of path surface types, a road bike is probably not suitable.
Please be advised that Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has closed the Cwm Car bridge on the Taff Trail due to safety reasons. The bridge is on National Cycle Route 8, near Pontsticill Reservoir, north of Merthyr. The route will now follow the public road alongside the reservoir, instead of the forest road. It's anticipated that the diversion will be in place for at least six months (starting February 2020).
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.