Trails



With miles and miles of stunning scenic tracks, canal towpaths and historic trails that suit all abilities and ages Merthyr Tydfil is the perfect destination if you love the great outdoors. There's a series of trails running right through the county borough that encapsulates the area's history complemented by the 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!



The Taff Trail - NCN Route 8

The Taff Trail - NCN Route 8

The Taff Trail takes you on a 55-mile journey from the waterfront of Cardiff Bay up to the pretty little market town of Brecon through the heart of Merthyr Tydfil’s historic villages.

The Merthyr Tydf…


The Trevithick Trail - NCN Route 477

The Trevithick Trail - a walk through history surrounded by the beauty of nature

The Trevithick trail, which starts in the heart of Merthyr Tydfil, celebrates the first groundbreaking trip into the ‘A…

The Trevithick Trail - NCN Route 477

Family Friendly Trails

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 fla…

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre Trails

Follow in the footsteps of hometown heroes

A series of short town centre walking trails have been developed through we love merthyr. They combine gentle exercise with learning on themed walks in and a…

Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre Trails

The Celtic Trail - NCN Route 4

The Celtic Trail - NCN Route 4

The Celtic Trail is a dedicated cycle network that covers east, south and west Wales. The 360 mile, largely traffic-free route encompasses some of the country’s most diverse scenery taking in Wales’ e…


Taf Fechan Nature Reserve Circular Walk

Taf Fechan Nature Reserve

This nature reserve is a 2.5km stretch of dramatic wooded limestone gorge cut by the River Taf Fechan, between the bridges of Pontsarn and Cefn Coed to the North of Merthyr T…

Taf Fechan Nature Reserve Circular Walk

The Red Kite Trail - Gelligaer & Merthyr Common

The Red Kite Trail - Gelligaer & Merthyr Common

The Red Kite Trail - Gelligaer & Merthyr Common

The trail starts and finished at the Rock UK Summit Centre between the villages of Trelewis and Bedlinog. There are three circular routes of varying…


Cyfarthfa Leat and Tramroad

URGENT NOTICE: This route is officially currently closed due to ongoing duelling works in the area

 

The Cyfarthfa Leat is an old watercourse, running approximately 1000m from its source on the banks …

Cyfarthfa Leat and Tramroad

Penmoelallt Community Woodland

Penmoelallt Community Woodland

Penmoelallt Community Woodland

This SSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) is one of Wales's most ancient woodlands featuring a circular walk with eye-catching sculptures and information way statio…


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 imp…

Three Parks Trail

Gethin Woodlands & Webbers Pond

Gethin Woodlands & Webbers Pond

Gethin woodlands covers 850 breathtaking hectares and it’s where you’ll find Bike Park Wales.

The Merthyr Tydfil section is part of a much larger woodland area covering 1,364 hectares between Merthyr …


Giant's Bite Circular Walk from Cefn Glas

A circular walk via Pontygwaith and Quaker’s Yard can be made from Cefn Glas utilising the Taff and Trevithick Trails. The ridge leads to a possible cairn at the site of an old trig point. 

High above…

Giant's Bite Circular Walk from Cefn Glas

Nature Reserve - Cilsanws

Nature Reserve - Cilsanws

Cilsanws Nature Reserve

Cilsanws Nature Reserve is owned by the Merthyr & District Naturalists Society and is completely open for you to explore and enjoy.

There are a few ways to access the area,…


Nature Reserve - Penmoelallt

Penmoelallt 

Penmoelallt is managed jointly by the Merthyr Tydfil & District Naturalists Society and Natural Resources Wales.

The area is a natural Limestone woodland of particular importance due …

Nature Reserve - Penmoelallt

Llwyn Onn – Reservoir Walk

Llwyn Onn – Reservoir Walk

Llwyn Onn – Reservoir Walk

This 3.4k circular, shore-lined, walk lets you immerse yourself in the fresh smells of the conifer forest and lapping sounds of the deep blue water.

Llwyn Onn reservoir, bui…


Garwnant Visitor's Centre – Walking Trails, Discovery Trails & Animal Sculpture Trails

Garwnant – Walking Trails, Discovery Trails & Animal Sculpture Trails

Situated just off the A470, five miles north of Merthyr Tydfil, Garwnant Visitor Centre sits in the heart of the beautiful Ffo…

Garwnant Visitor's Centre – Walking Trails, Discovery Trails & Animal Sculpture Trails

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