This is one of my favourite solo rides, and just right for when you want to go for a ride but cant be bothered to think of a new route.
There's a variety of scenery and places to stop off if you want to.
The embanked river Taf flowing through Treforest with Taffs Well behind the trees in the distance.
The old Grammar School in Treforest. I would guess that in 1875 in this industrial area not many children were able to attend this school.
But Treforest did produce a world wide name....Tom Jones.... who was born here.
Because of the nature of the landscape and the need to accommodate both passenger and coal trains passing through, Pontypridd had the longest island platform in the world.
On this ride not only do you get the Taf river but also the Rhonnda Fawr river which joins the Taf at Pontypridd.
There are none of these working now and these are part of the Rhondda Heritage Museum.
Finally a view from the trail looking down the valley towards the Tongwynlais gap.
Here's the route.