The Valleys
Get on your Bike

Get on your Bike

If you want traffic-free walking and cycling adventures, combined with wildlife-rich country parks, panoramic views, fabulous attractions, fascinating heritage sites, and lovely café and pub stops then get out onto the cycle tracks of The Valleys.

The very same railways, tram roads and tow paths that once transported the raw materials of the industrial revolution are now beautiful walking and cycling trails, transporting people to the most wonderful parts of the Valleys. 

There are plenty of traffic-free trails to choose from, perfect if you’re looking for 2-wheel adventures with family and friends. And the Network isn’t just for cyclists - it’s great for those of you who just want a leisurely walk or somewhere to let the little ones scoot around.  

Some Ideas

Porthcawl Seafront

A new section of Route 88 runs along the seafront at Porthcawl - flat and safe.

Garw Valley - 8 miles: Bryngarw House to Blaengarw

Get deep into the gorgeously green Garw forest following a historic railway path.

Rhondda Fach - 12 miles: Lluest-Wen Reservoir to Pontypridd 

Great views and then a tour the old mines of Rhondda Heritage Park and a stop off at Barry Sidings Country Park, from where steam trains once took coal to the world.

Taff Trail - 55 miles: Cardiff to Brecon

Our showcase trail, linking the bustling capital city to the brilliant Brecon Beacons – taking in more parks, castles, pubs and communities than you can ring your bell at! 

Trevithick Trail - 9 miles: Merthyr to Abercynon

Where a famous engineer once bet a steam powered locomotive could pull 10 tons of iron, you can now travel the people powered way!

Darran Valley Trail - 5 miles: Bargoed to Fochriw

Cycle, walk or scoot through the heart of Parc Cwm Darran, with its fabulous lake and visitor’s centre.

Pontypool/Blaenavon Trail - 7 miles: Pontypool to Blaenavon 

Travel up this stunning trail and down into the magnificent mines of Blaenavon’s Big Pit – a World Heritage Site that’s well worth the trip. 

Journeying through Wales’ fascinating industrial past and diverse present - each Valleys route has its own story to tell and unique adventure to offer. For more ideas check out the Sustrans map