Family Friendly Trails

Discover Family Friendly Trails

We've put together some of our favourite tried and tested Family Friendly Trails.  They're trails for you to walk, run, cycle, ride or skip!

They've been chosen as they're - 

  • Short & relatively flat, 
  • Easily accessed
  • Have parking close by
  • Close to facilities
  • Mainly traffic-free on certain routes



We have created new maps and information packs to help explain the landscape you'll be travel through and the benefits it brings. Find out more about the flora and fauna you can expect to see or learn about the history that surrounds the many heritage sites you'll pass on your journey. Download your information leaflets below.


Flora and Fauna                                                                     Heritage & Lost Stories 

      Trailgazers Taff Trail Lost Stories & Heritage Map



We hope you enjoy the Taff Trail by whatever means you've chosen, but please travel responsibly. Take care of yourself, your surroundings and each other. Download your information leaflets below.

 Mental Wellbeing                                  Enjoy Nature Responsibly                Hiking Safely


Map - choose and download your map today

If you fancy giving our four chosen family favourites a go then download the map, grab your gear and head out.



Individual Route Maps - Download below.

1. Cefn Coed to Ffynon Dwn Trail                           2. Aberfan Community Centre to Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre

Fanmily Friendly Map1 Cefn Coed to Ffynon Dwn Trail         Family Friendly Map2 Aberfan Community Centre to Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre

3. Parc Taf Bargoed Lake Trail     4. Parc Taf Bargoed to Summit Centre Trail

Family Friendly Map3 Parc Taf Bargoed Lake Trail                    Family Friendly Map4 Parc Taf Bargoed to Summit Centre Trail




Take a look at the new LOST Stories app we've created to help you learn about the historic monuments you'll be passing on the route and much much more.



Use the QR codes below to download the LOST Stories app.

App for Android                                             App for Apple



Our latest videos help to capture the essence of the majestic ride over the Cefn Viaduct.







Find other Family Friendly Walks by following these links -

Valleys Regional Park - For Families

Follow the Countryside Code.  Find more information and guidance at the link below.

 Natural Resources Wales Countryside Code


Sustrans Cycle Route Network - Route 8 Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon. Click below to find out more about the cycle networks throughout Wales and the UK.

Ramblers Cymru- Find out more about Ramblers Cymru by clicking the link below.

            Wales Ramblers


The Taff Trail is just one of a series of trails running right through the county borough that encapsulates the area's history complemented by miles and miles of natural beauty. So if you want to take time to stop at one of our amazing adventure attractions, learn about our history, shop, eat, sleep or just take a moment to savour the breathtaking scenery. Merthyr has it all.


Trailgazers is a European partnership project established with a common set of economic, social & environmental Key Performance Indicators; it will develop innovative technologies & systems to capture trails activity and develop plans to sustainably manage trails.

Trailgazers will measure socio-economic impacts from investing & promoting trails in areas of rich natural heritage. The project aims to create a trails dashboard, utilise tools to digitally target visitors and boost Tourist numbers.

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Visitors Guide - it's ready!

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Pick it up locally or download from this website.

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