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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 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.

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The Trevithick Trail - NCN Route 477

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

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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 -    ...

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Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre Trails

Follow in the footsteps of hometown heroes.

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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...

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Taf Fechan Nature Reserve Circular Walk

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 Tydfil. 

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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 distances to choose from, all of which enter Gellig...

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Cyfarthfa Leat and Tramroad

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

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Penmoelallt Community Woodland, SSSI and circular walk

This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) is one of Wales's most ancient woodlands featuring a circular walk with eye-catching sculptures and information way stations that tell the story of its n...

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Three Parks Trail

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

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Gethin Woodlands & Webbers Pond

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

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Giant's Bite Circular Walk

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. 

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Nature Reserve - Cilsanws

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

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Nature Reserve - Penmoelallt

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

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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.

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Garwnant Visitor's Centre

Situated just off the A470, five miles north of Merthyr Tydfil, Garwnant Visitor Centre sits in the heart of the beautiful Fforest Fawr and is the starting point for walking trails, mountain biking ro...

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Gethin Woodlands & Webbers Pond

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

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Giant's Bite Circular Walk

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. 

Learn More

Nature Reserve - Cilsanws

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

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Nature Reserve - Penmoelallt

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

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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.

Learn More

Garwnant Visitor's Centre

Situated just off the A470, five miles north of Merthyr Tydfil, Garwnant Visitor Centre sits in the heart of the beautiful Fforest Fawr and is the starting point for walking trails, mountain biking ro...

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