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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 Tydfil and Aberdare and where you’ll find Webbers Pond. Testament to the woodlands striking location is that it was once used to film an episode of Doctor Who amongst other things.

 

There are 21 waymarked footpaths and 14 bridleways within the woodlands to explore.  Whether you are on foot, horseback, cycling or taking the dog for a walk there’s plenty to enjoy. With around 21k of tracks, the natural peace of a woodland visit and stunning valleys views right out to the Brecon Beacons, it’s no wonder that it’s so popular with locals, families and visitors alike.

 

Breathe deeply, taking in the sights and sounds of this exquisite woodland setting, or try tree-hugging. It’ll boost your physical and mental well-being.

 

Please note that some trails cross paths with Bike Park Wales cycle tracks.

 

To find out more about BikePark Wales please click here

Webber’s Pond

 

On the outskirts of Gethin Woodland Park lies the reserve of Webber's Pond. Webbers Pond is owned and managed by the Merthyr Tydfil & District Naturalists Society.

 

During Spring and Summer, the pond teems with life - dragonflies, amphibians and wildflowers are in abundance. Bird watchers can see warblers, finches, woodpeckers and kingfishers.  In winter, redpoll and siskin can be seen in the area.

 

Child friendly dipping platforms and fishing areas make the area great for a day out for the family, and parking can be accessed nearby by following the turning for Gethin from the A470 in Merthyr Tydfil.

 

The woodland is managed by the Forestry Commission who strive to protect the under threat rhos pasture (rough and marshy grassland).

 

This area was once part of Gethin Colliery which was owned by the Cyfarthfa Iron Company.  The pond was built to provide water to the Gethin Pit No 2 with its own pond.

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Information

 

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 Wellness and Hikinga

Enjoy Nature Responsibly

Hiking Safely

Mental Wellness and Hikinga

Enjoy Nature Responsibly

Hiking Safely

Maps - choose and download your map today

To find out more about the BikePark Wales trails please download the map below:

Bikepark Wales Trails Map BikePark Wales Trails Map

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.

Apps

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 Taff Trail route and much much more.

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

Apps for Android

Apps for Apple

Apps for Android

Apps for Apple

Videos

Our latest video captures the essence of the majestic Cefn Coed and Pontsarn Viaducts, both on the Taff Trail. See what else is on offer in the splendour of Southern Wales.

Links

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.
 

You can find more information and guidance by following the links below:

Countryside Code

Sustrans Cycle Route Network

Ramblers Cymru

Countryside Code

Sustrans Cycle Route Network

Ramblers Cymru

Gethin Woodlands & Webbers Pond 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.

© Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council 2024