Walk or cycle from Cardiff to Pontypridd and back This 16.5 mile section of the Taff Trail offers a fun and scenic way to explore Cardiff and travel through the city’s pretty parks and green open spaces. The River Taff River Taff, Cardiff by Owen Mathias The Taff Valley has always been a key trade route confirming Cardiff as the largest exporting port in the world in the early 20th century. These days the River Taf is a haven for wildlife, reflecting how much cleaner it is today than a generation ago. Look out for kingfishers, grey heron feeding on the banks of the river and leaping salmon at Blackweir. Cardiff - Capital of Wales Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff If you’re after the full urban experience of Wales’ capital and want to sample some of the cultural delights it has to offer, visit the Wales Millennium Centre. And of course no visit to Cardiff would be complete without a trip to the Principality Stadium, Wales' national stadium and home to the national rugby union team. Take a tour or time your trip for a match. Visit Llandaff Cathedral, which stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. Cardiff Castle Cardiff Castle's Norman keep, Cardiff Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions. Located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, the castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. The castle stands next to the remains of a Roman fort. The castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. Bute Park and Arboretum Bute Park, Cardiff by Visit Wales Get some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city with a visit to the ‘green heart’ of Cardiff. Flanked by the River Taff, Pontcanna Fields and Sophia Gardens, Cathays Park, Bute Park and Arboretum is full of historic and wildlife interest. At 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches), it is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and is a mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. Castell Coch Castell Coch, Cardiff by Paula J James A Victorian castle resting on ancient foundations, the rural retreat of Castell Coch is the product of the vivid imagination of ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges and the wealth of the 3rd marquess of Bute. Multi-sensory resources allow easy exploration of the site using touch screen technology. Taff Trail's industrial heritage Rhondda Heritage Park, Trehafod The former docks in Cardiff Bay, the Melingriffith Water Pump, the Iron Bridge, and the Glamorganshire Canal offer clues to the city’s industrial past. The trail in Rhondda Cynon Taf follows former railway lines with gentle gradients through attractive countryside. Pontypridd is a hub of cycling routes, including the Celtic Trail. Visit the museum and distinctive old bridge, or Rhondda Heritage Park. Public transport on the Taff Trail Castell Coch, near Tongwynlais The great thing about the Taff Trail is that if you don’t want to do the whole trail, you can choose a section to explore or use the train to transport yourself and your bike to a start point and cycle from there. Forgotten to bring your bike? There's cycle hire facilities at both the Cardiff and Brecon ends of the trail. Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code. Try the routes on Natural Resources Wales’ interactive map Outdoor Wales onLine or you can download this route via the ViewRanger app. You can also discover more heritage trails in Llantrisant, Pontypridd and Aberdare. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items South Wales walks South Wales has some great walks and scenery, all within a stones throw of the major cities. Pre festive fun outside Pre-Christmas fatigue? Stop, rewind and get outside with these great history and wildlife spots. Top autumn walks in Wales Enjoy these awesome autumnal walks in Wales Cardiff Half Marathon #FindYourEpic and run with Olympic Champion, Mo Farah Faith in South Wales Your guide to some of the special sites of faith heritage across South Wales. South Wales' wildlife Peregrines on City Hall, bats in old coal mines – the wildlife is taking South Wales back.