National Route 88 of the National Cycle Network is a proposed coastal route between Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend and Margam Country Park. At the moment, only short sections of the route are open.

1. Newport to Caerleon

This seven-mile riverside path alongside the River Usk links Newport and Caerleon and is flat and mainly traffic-free.  The route is a good alternative to the busy Pillmawr Road and connects University campuses, Newport railway station and provides a safe route to several schools. To ensure that the route doesn't flood during high tide, a boardwalk made of recycled material was built across the floodplain. 

2. Cardiff to Penarth

This section of Route 88 has completed the Cardiff Bay Trail and connected Cardiff and the Vale.  A new bridge has been installed which crosses the River Ely between Penarth and the International Sports Village at Cardiff Bay. The route means that people living in the Sports Village are now able to reach Cogan railway station, enabling easy commuting on foot or by bike. On the Vale side, the route provides links into Penarth town centre and residential areas. 

Route development

The route between Cardiff and Newport is being delivered in two sections.  One section has been delivered by Newport City Council and this runs approximately from Marshfield into the Duffryn area of Newport where it links with both Route 4 and Route 47. Construction of this section was completed in 2015.

The other section from Marshfield to the Newport Road retail area and Cardiff City centre is underdevelopment. Local routes in this area are being developed as part of the Cardiff Enfys network. 

However, Cardiff City Council are also developing plans for a Cycle Superhighway running on Newport Road and Cypress Drive, which will connect with route 88 and provide a direct route to the city centre.

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.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us protect this route

Route 88 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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