The River Taff
The Taff Valley has always been a key trade route confirming Cardiff as the largest exporting port in the world in the early 20th century. These days the River Taff is a haven for wildlife, reflecting how much cleaner it is today than a generation ago. Look out for kingfishers, grey heron feeding on the banks of the river and leaping salmon at Blackweir.
Cardiff - Capital of Wales
If you’re after the full urban experience of Wales’ capital and want to sample some of the cultural delights it has to offer, visit the Wales Millennium Centre. And of course, no visit to Cardiff would be complete without a trip to the Principality Stadium, Wales' national stadium and home to the national rugby union team. Take a tour or time your trip for a match. Visit Llandaff Cathedral, which stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain.
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions. Located at the heart of the capital within beautiful parklands, the castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. The castle stands next to the remains of a Roman fort. The castle passed through the hands of many noble families until, in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family.
Bute Park and Arboretum
Get some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to the ‘green heart’ of Cardiff. Flanked by the River Taff, Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens, Cathays Park, Bute Park and Arboretum is full of historic and wildlife interest. At 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches), it is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and is a mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor.
A Victorian castle resting on ancient foundations, the rural retreat of Castell Coch is the product of the vivid imagination of ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges and the wealth of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Multi-sensory resources allow easy exploration of the site using touch screen technology.
Taff Trail's industrial heritage
The former docks in Cardiff Bay, the Melingriffith Water Pump, the Iron Bridge, and the Glamorganshire Canal offer clues to the city’s industrial past. The trail in Rhondda Cynon Taf follows former railway lines with gentle gradients through attractive countryside. Pontypridd is a hub of cycling routes, including the Celtic Trail. Visit the museum and distinctive old bridge, or Rhondda Heritage Park.
Public transport on the Taff Trail
The great thing about the Taff Trail is that if you don’t want to do the whole trail, you can choose a section to explore or use the train to transport yourself and your bike to a start point and cycle from there.
Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code.