Sports - Walking and Cycling

Whatever your activity of choice, you will be guaranteed to enjoy an action-packed stay in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

There are many activities available from walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing. Within the acres of the borough’s nature reserves and country parks you are guaranteed an inspiring and creative experience, whether you choose an organised tour, seasonal event, or visit with your friends and family.

Montage of various scenes from Rhondda Cynon Taf.


Walking & CyclingPhotograph of Autumn trees.

Rhondda Cynon Taf has miles of beautiful countryside for cyclists and walkers to enjoy and is well-served by the National Cycle Network. Pontypridd is the ‘hub’ of the NCN in South Wales and is where the east–west Celtic Trail crosses the Taff Trail. It is also the start of the challenging High Level Route over Llanwonno and the Maerdy and Rhigos mountains.

Waymarked footpaths give access to the most beautiful places of our area.

Enjoy the impressive waterfalls like Penpych or Scwd Yr Eira in the ‘Waterfall World’.

Penpych Waterfall, Blaencwm

Relax at the lakes situated within the Country parks of Dare Valley, Glyncornel, Garwnant or Barry Sidings.

 Photograph of Penpych Waterfall in Blaencwm.  Photogprah of person walking the footpaths of Trehafod.

Barry Sidings Countryside Park, Trehafod

The country parks of our area give easy access to the countryside.

Waymarked networks of footpaths allow flexible route planning, which is ideal for families and older people.

Cycling lessons for beginners are held at Barry Sidings Countryside Park, Trehafod on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm. There are short rides to improve confidence and longer rides to Nantgarw, Pontygwaith and Abercynon.

Trikes, side-by-side tandem, tandems, baby seats and baby trailers are available to hire for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-3pm through Sustrans' Mentro Allan project. Bike recycling and bike servicing and maintenance is also on offer. Free hot drinks and biscuits are provided in the visitor centre and all are welcome.

Nordic walking- great exercise for the whole body - is on Fridays from 1-3pm at Barry Sidings Countryside Park. Choose from longer, uphill walks or gentler walks on the flat, led by experienced leaders and instructors. Walking poles and refreshments are provided free.

Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare

Mountain Biking for beginners is held around Dare Valley on Wednesdays from 11am-3pm. Meet at unit 39, Aberaman Industrial Estate for ides around the Country Park and local area. For more information, contact Eleanor Rothwell on 0788 755 1303 or email:

Photogprah of person walking the footpaths at Aberdare.

Taff Trail

The Taff Trail, at 55 miles in length, takes you through some of the South Wales Valleys’ most scenic and historic countryside.

Stretching from Cardiff, the capital city to the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Taff Trail is a network of linking paths, alternative routes and circular walks which allow plenty of opportunity to explore many sites of interest and heritage.


Photograph of the High Level route.

The ‘High Level’ route (Route 47)

Explore 24 miles (38km) of countryside between Pontypridd and Neath.

The route is one braid of the National Cycle Network and spans the high forested ground between Neath and Pontypridd. It is using mainly forest roads and single tracks and has several steep gradients and rough surfaces in parts.Photograph of views experienced on High Level route (Route 47).


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