GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cardiff Cycle Routes

There's several signed National Cycle Network routes running through the Cardiff area. One of the highlights is the tremendous Taff Trail which you can follow into the Brecon Beacons.
There's also a number of country parks and the lovely Fforest Fawr nearby. These all have some nice traffic free cycle paths to try.
Afan Forest Park is a little further afield but still reachable from the city. It's got a selection of fine mountain bike trails including the well known Penhydd Trail and Skyline Trail.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Cardiff Cycle Map>>

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Afan Forest Park Country Park11 miles (17 km)Set in the beautiful Afan Valley in Neath Port Talbot, this 48-square-mile forest park has miles of cycling trails, walking trails and several fantastic mountain bike trails. View Full Details>>
Bryngarw Country Park2 miles (3.6 km)This 120 acre country park is situated on the River Garw just north of Bridgend. There are lovely woodland trails withmature sweet chestnuts, ancient oaks and towering beeches. Look out for foxes, squirrels and wood peckers as you make your way through this section of the park. View Full Details>>
Bute Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in this beautiful park in Cardiff. The park consists of an arboretum, flower gardens, grassland, woodland and tree-lined avenues. The River Taff also runs through the park so there is a lovely waterside walking and cycling section to enjoy. View Full Details>>
Cardiff to Bridgend32 miles (52 km)This lovely largely off road ride follows National Cycle routes 8, 4 and the Taff trail from Cardiff to Bridgend. View Full Details>>
Cardiff to Caerphilly12 miles (20 km)This is a lovely ride that follows National Cycle route 8 and the Taff trail from Cardiff to Caerphilly. View Full Details>>
Cardiff to Newport28 miles (45 km)This is a lovely ride that follows National Cycle routes 8 and 47 between these two major Welsh cities. View Full Details>>
Cardiff to Pontypridd16 miles (25 km)This lovely largely off road ride follows National Cycle route 8 and the Taff trail from Cardiff to Pontypridd. View Full Details>>
Fforest Fawr2 miles (4 km)This large area of woodland has some lovely waymarked footpaths including the delightful Fforest Fawr sculpture trail. It's a lovely, peaceful area with well laid out paths, pretty streams, old mining caves and lots of woodland wildlife to look out for. In the spring months you can also see carpets of bluebells, wood anemone and wild garlic flowers. View Full Details>>
Forest Farm Country Park3 miles (4.5 km)This lovely country park and nature reserve in Cardiff is a great place for a peaceful cycle or walk. There are 150 acres to explore with a section of the Taff Trail running through the park alongside the River Taff. The Cardiff Merthyr canal also runs through the site - look out for Kingfishers and Herons on the water. There is also a peaceful woodland section. View Full Details>>
Parc Penallta4 miles (6 km)Explore three way-marked trails in this country park created on a former colliery site. There's a delightful wetlands area with boardwalks, peaceful woodland trails, pretty lakes and open grassland. You can climb the High Point Observatory for spectacular views across the county and admire the park's sculptures which include the 'Sultan' pit pony - one of the UK’s largest figurative earth sculptures. View Full Details>>
Porthkerry Country Park4 miles (6.5 km)Explore 220 acres of woodland, meadows and coast in this super country park near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. The route starts at the car park on the coast and takes you along the pretty pebble beach before turning inland into the woodland on nature trails. You will pass through the pretty grassland with its wildflower meadow and calming stream. You will also pass Viaduct wood with super views of the impressive Porthkerry Viaduct. The route below is designed for walkers but a nice easy cycle track runs through the centre of the park just up from the coast. It makes for a nice, safe ride for families. View Full Details>>
Taff Trail55 miles (88 km)Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route. View Full Details>>

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