If you want traffic-free walking and cycling adventures, combined with wildlife-rich country parks, panoramic views, fabulous tourist 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.
Ogmore Valley - 8 miles: Aberkenfig to Nantymoile
Explore this Welsh woodland wonderland and its wildlife on another of the Valleys’ historic railway routes.
Garw Valley - 8 miles: Bryngarw House to Blaengarw
Get deep into the gorgeously green Garw forest following a historic railway path.
Rhondda Fach - 4 miles: Porth to Pontypridd
Tour the old mines of Rhondda Heritage Park or relax in a gorgeously green 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. Here is a little flavour of what you will find. For more detailed information go to Sustrans Routes2ride website: www.routes2ride.org.uk/wales and you can download the network map here.