This 16.5 mile (26.5km) section of the Taff Trail offers a fun and scenic way to explore Cardiff and travel through the city’s pretty parks and green spaces.

The River Taff

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 Taff 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.

A view of the Taff Trail, and the River Taff in Bute Park.

Water taxi on the River Taff

Cardiff - Capital of Wales

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 Principality StadiumWales' national stadium and home to the national rugby union team. Take a tour or time your trip for a match. Visit Llandaff Cathedralwhich stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain.  

Outside the Principality Stadium.

The impressive Principality Stadium, Cardiff, South Wales

Cardiff Castle

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.

A view of The Keep tower on a grass mound taken from the cobbled footpath,.
A view of the clock on the tower at Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle's Norman keep and highly-decorative clock tower

Bute Park and Arboretum

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 GardensCathays ParkBute 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.

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Three people cycling along the Taff Trail under the trees

Signposts and cycling along the Taff Trail in Bute Park, Cardiff

Castell Coch

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.

The turrets of Castell Coch among the trees in Cardiff, South Wales

The turrets of Castell Coch emerging from the trees in Cardiff, South Wales

Taff Trail's industrial heritage

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.

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Public transport on the Taff Trail

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.

Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code.

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