The trail begins at Sandy Water Park, a lake created on the site of a former steelworks. Once past Old Castle Pond, you’ll quickly leave behind the rows of Welsh terraced houses and views up to the splendid mansion and grounds of Parc Howard. The route climbs through a rural landscape into deeper woodland, but you will catch glimpses of the Lliedi reservoirs through the trees. If you need a rest after this first half of the ride, there is a clearing in the woods at Horeb, with picnic benches.
On your bike again you will continue to climb, riding along the edge of the steel hillside close to the village of Tumble, providing sweeping views across the Gwendraeth Valley. From Tumble, the route continues past the Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park to Cross Hands, where it finishes by the beautiful Art Deco public hall and cinema.
At the end of your ride, you can choose to continue to the National Botanic Garden of Wales (which offers half-price admission for those arriving by bike). The link is an additional four-mile ride following Route 47, and is a mixture of on-road and traffic-free paths, but well worth the journey. The beautifully designed gardens house every known species of plant unique to Wales, as well as rare plants from all over the world. Check their website beforehand for a list of events and workshops.
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.