The Valleys
The Valleys - great for walking

The Valleys - great for walking

If you like to stretch you legs and get out for a walk – then The Valleys is the ideal place. We have walk routes for everybody – hill top challenges, canalside strolls, circular routes picking out historic sites, trails that pick up the stories of some of our “Heroes” and a brilliant Walking Festival each September where the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides give all walkers an extra insight into area.

The Valleys are fortunate to have a brilliant network of over 400 kms of off road tracks - many created along railways, tramways or canal towpaths - so they have nice gentle gradients - they are all great for walking with the whole family as well as for taking a journey on your bike - check out the Sustrans website for many more ideas. 

The Taff Trail is probably one of the best known routes in the Valleys - running all the way from Brecon to Cardiff it links together loads of really interesting historic sites - you even end up following some of the Glamorgan Canal that was the "motorway" of the industrial revolution taking iron and other good between Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff. There's also the Trevithick Trail that follows the route of the first journey by a steam locomotive to pull a load on rails in 1804.

Below are a few of the brilliant walk routes across The Valleys  - we hope you enjoy getting out and about this summer. You can find many more routes to download on these sites:

A walk around the Llynfi Valley
Heritage Walk in Llantrisant
  • Explore Llantrisant Castle, the Parish Workhouse, Castle Green and the amazing story of Dr William Price.

    Explore Llantrisant
Blaenavon Town Walk
Crawshay Bailey Trail
  • Follow the tramways and railroads that brought materials to the early ironworks of Nantyglo.

    Crawshay Bailey Trail
Escape to Caerphilly Mountain
  • Enjoy superb views from Caerphilly Common of Caerphilly Castle, down to Cardiff and up to Merthyr Tydfil and the Brecon Beacons.

    Escape to Caerphilly Mountain