GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cardiff Bay to Penarth Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This walk takes you from Cardiff Bay to the seafront at Penarth. It runs for about 2.5 miles with nice views of the bay, Cardiff Barrage and Penarth Flats.
The walk starts from Cardiff Bay station in Butewtown, just to the south of the city centre. You can then follow a footpath south past the Roath Basin where there are lots of new housing development around the marina. The path also passes the noteworthy Queen Alexandra Dock. At its peak, the port was one of the largest dock systems in the world. The route then passes the impressive Cardiff Barragethat impounds the Rivers Taff and Ely to create a massive fresh-water lake across toPenarth Head.
The route then heads through Penarth, passing Penarth Head before finishing on the sea front. Here you can enjoy a stroll on the pier and enjoy some refreshments in one of the many pubs and cafes.
You could extend the walk by continuing along the coast path before heading inland to visit Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. There's some nice waterside trails to follow around the two pretty lakes here.

Cardiff Bay to Penarth Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cardiff Bay to Penarth Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To continue your walking in the area try the popular Cardiff Bay Trail. This circular walking and cycling route explores the redeveloped Cardiff Bay with its marinas, shops, cafes and historic buildings.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Developments around Roath Basin Marina - - 507783

Developments around Roath Basin Marina

Queen Alexandra Dock, Cardiff - - 1945927

Queen Alexandra Dock, Cardiff. The Port of Cardiff, with the sea lock prominent, as seen from St. Augustine's church, Penarth.

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Cardiff Bay Barrage - - 961486

Cardiff Bay Barrage. The view to the north along the bay side of the embankment.

Cardiff Bay Barrage Road Train - - 569771

Cardiff Bay Barrage Road Train Cardiff Bay Barrage Road Train that takes sightseers across the Barrage to Cardiff Bay

Penarth Town Clock - - 4829908

The Penarth Town Clock, the hub of Penarth.

Sea at Penarth - - 221426

Sea at Penarth. The road drops down from the cliffs here to end up on the esplanade. Penarth pier can be seen further along

Penarth seafront - - 333336

Penarth seafront and pier

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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