To access the route from Pontypridd train station, go left from the station, past Stardust Bingo and down to the roundabout. Follow National Cycle Network Route 4 signs left from the roundabout.
At the meeting of paths, take a right turn onto Route 881 which will take you into Barry Sidings, a beautiful country park based in Trehafod. The park has two small fishing lakes and loads of places to picnic or barbeque. Families can also take advantage of the children's play area and stock up on refreshments at the cafe located in the visitor centre.
Continuing along the route, the old pit workings at Trehafod in the Rhondda Valley Heritage Park is well worth a visit. The centre is an indoor reconstruction of a period Village Street displaying the domestic and commercial life of the valleys.
There is also an art gallery with a regularly changing programme of exhibitions from both local and national artists, a cafe and the renowned Black Gold Tour, led by bona fide ex-miners. Continue your traffic-free adventure onto Porth, home to The Bicycle Doctor should you need one, where you can jump on a train back to Pontypridd / Cardiff.
For experienced cyclists, there is an option to continue up the Valley along the Rhondda Fach towards Meardy where the trail meets Route 47, which drops back down to Ynysybwl and Pontypridd on forestry tracks. This is a hilly rough ride so a mountain bike is recommended.
You can also start your traffic-free journey at Porth train station and head in the opposite direction along the Rhondda Fach direction towards Pontypridd where you can continue your traffic-free adventure along the fabulous Taff Trail.
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.