Three Parks Trail

Discover Three Parks Trail

Part of the mighty Celtic Trail, the ‘Three Parks Trail’ takes in three of Wales’ picturesque parks.

Starting from the Sirhowy Valley Country Park near Crosskeys, the route takes you over Hengoed’s impressive 16 arch listed viaduct. Look out for ‘The Wheel of Drams’ on your way - an 8m high artwork and well known landmark that represents an industrial age gone by.

Continuing along the valley you pass through Parc Penallta, carved from a former coal pit. From the High Point Observatory you can enjoy spectacular views across Caerphilly county borough. Make sure to look out for Sultan the Pit Pony, the UK’s largest figurative earth sculpture.

At Trelewis you leave National Route 47 and follow 476 to Parc Taff Bargoed, formally a large coal mining area but now it's one of Merthyr's little known gems.  Parc Taf Bargoed. The once black river is now a haven for dippers and wagtails, and the green riverbanks provide the perfect picnicking spot. The route also passes Trelewis Climbing Centre, which offers a range of activities from indoor climbing to kayaking and orienteering.  Alternatively, follow route 47 to Quakers Yard where you will join the fabulous Taff Trail.  


The three Parks Trail is 13 miles long and takes about an hour to complete cycling.

The Celtic Trail

It’s a uniquely varied route. The railway paths of the Valleys give way to the winding lanes of Carmarthenshire. At one end is the city of Newport; at the other, tiny St David’s.

The industry of the valleys, the castles of Chepstow and Caerphilly, or the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast? The Celtic Trail offers all this – and much more that you’ve never heard of.


If you're travelling through Merthyr Tydfil on the Taff Trail (South to North), then why not download the latest directions map to help you on your way.


Taff Trail Directions Map


Alongside Treasuring our Trails we have a responsibility to ensure we, as custodians, maintain them for generations to come. Please respect the countryside and each other.

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

 Natural Resources Wales Countryside Code

Sustrans Cycle Route Network - Route 47 & 476 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 Three Parks 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.


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