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Cycle the Taff Trail through the Welsh countryside from the Brecon Beacons down to the capital city of Cardiff on this two-day cycling holiday. With the option for a guided or self-guided trip, you’ll spend most of your time on bike-friendly, traffic-free routes, travelling along former tram and railway lines – so it’s great for families with young kids.
The Taff Trail traces a mostly traffic free 55 mile (88km) route from the waterfront in Cadriff to the historic market town of Brecon in the North. In many sections the Taff Trail uses traffic free canal towpaths and abandoned railways, tramways and canals along the narrow Taff Valley.
You’ll coast along beside the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal, and then follow the old Brecon and Merthyr railway before climbing up to Talybont reservoir. Then on the second day you’ll speed along the Taff Valley towards the coast. As well as wonderful rambling countryside you’ll see spectacular feats of engineering from Wales’ industrial past like the Cefn Coed Viaduct that looks like something straight from Harry Potter. And if that wasn’t awe-inspiring enough, there’s also Cyfarthfa Castle and the romantic folly, Castell Coch near Cardiff.
You have two options for this trip, to go on a guided, or self-guided ride. If you prefer to be master of your own destiny then the self-guided option will suit you best. The route’s already mapped out for you and it’s up to you how fast or slow you take things. If you would rather cycle in a group, then choose the guided option. The group size tends to be 4 - 8 people.
As this is a relatively short two-day trip it would suit families with young kids, or anyone who fancies a bit of cycling but doesn’t want a mammoth hundred-mile adventure. Over the two days you’ll cover 54 miles so you’ll have to be fairly happy in the saddle but you don’t need to have the stamina of Mr Motivator.
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