Cynon Trail

Cynon Trail, Aberdare: Address, Cynon Trail Reviews: 4/5

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Brodie J
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Fab
Aug 2018 • Friends
Worth getting out your walking boots or bike for this incredible trip.
Beautiful views an lots of wildlife, a gem for the valleys.
Written October 30, 2018
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BALeCarpentier
Aberdare, UK6 contributions
For cyclists and walkers, no mention of riding (horses).
Aug 2018 • Solo
A bit of a curate's egg really, as parts of it are excellent, and a little more up to date and modern than the Taff Trail. Of course, it gets neglected and overgrown by the end of summer. I've considered taking a clippers along with me to cut down interfering brambles and stinging nettles. The only trouble with the trail at present is that it is discontinuous with sections on a main road and its whereabouts is rather unclear from Aberdare to Cwmbach. The map of the trail on the internet seems a little vague too. I push my luck a little by riding on the pavement in places where it is not clearly marked for cycling, and though I've been using the trail thus for several years I've had no problem with pedestrians that are very few in any case. I'm always polite and chatty to the ones I meet. Serious long distance cyclists seem to ignore the trail even where the main road and the shared pavement run side by side, as they seem to regard themselves as rather too grand to stoop to riding on a pavement, though some parts of the trail are a little rough for very slim tyres. In summary, I would not be cycling at all if it were not for this trail. I do however hope for some upgrading of the route in the near future to make it clearly continuous.
Written August 28, 2018
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luvgonzo
Cardiff, UK83 contributions
Use it for Cycling
Jul 2017 • Couples
It's handy to get around while avoiding roads, there are some gaps where you have to use the road but not many. I'm mainly using the Aberdare area and it's clean and tidy and dog owners are really helpull if they see you coming.
Written July 10, 2017
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Kelvin M
Aberdare, UK173 contributions
Wonderful Walk of life
Apr 2017 • Family
Must admit although I live in the area never walked this area until recently and have to say I really have missed a beautiful scenic walk. The whole walk is some 9 miles long Abercynon to Hirwaun. I took in the Aberdare section in April as the trees and vegetation was starting to flourish Its a perfect walk for getting away from the hustle bustle of the town centre and enters some really peaceful areas.I found the route clearly marked out so no chance of getting lost with some tarmac paths to walk on. Now that I have found it I am going to take in some of the other areas walks and of course take in the different seasons as well. I personally think winter with a sprinkling of snow would be another wonderful time to walk this relaxing route.
Written May 23, 2017
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WelshDragon2015
Cardiff, UK32 contributions
Riverside walk
Mar 2017 • Couples
A great walk which is mainly flat and enjoys good views of the surrounding countryside.
Some areas can be a bit muddy underfoot if there has been recent rain so appropriate footwear is a must.
Written April 11, 2017
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colin j
29 contributions
Aberdare Sports Centre field
Dec 2016 • Solo
there is nothing to say about this place is absolutely spotless and well looked after now the new school has been built it looks even better over there
Written December 28, 2016
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WelshDragon2015
Cardiff, UK32 contributions
Valley walks
Nov 2016 • Solo
The Cynon Trail is a much improved path that leads you to some very pretty secluded areas of the Cynon Valley.
It is suitable to walk the path at any time of the year as most areas now have tarmac paths.
Each season brings its own reasons for completing the walks and people who enjoy nature or just like the splendid isolation and seclusion of the areas will get a great deal of benefit from following these clearly marked routes.
Written November 24, 2016
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Thomas M
Exeter, England, United Kingdom151 contributions
Slightly disastrous visit but some highlights...
Jan 2016 • Solo
Visited in January to follow the bite trail from Hirwaun to Abercynon.

Weather forecast failed me and the light rain showers turned to heavy prolonged showers. Then got a puncture (possibly from strimmed bramble debris). Was planning to cycle one way and get the train back, but (a) trains terminate at Aberdare (not too much of a problem as it would cover most of the route) and (b) there was a strike and no trains were running.

Eventually did part of the journey to Hirwaun, looked nice and quiet on surfaced tracks, interesting tramroad cast iron bridge near Aberdare. The other way followed the diversion round the old sports centre which is being demolished, signs slightly confusing and went in a circle, then found the right way to go but the bridge under the railway was flooded. Found my own way via roads to the other side of the bridge, the route then goes along a shirt in-water section of the old canal, which is very picturesque (if you are not freezing cold and your knees have not gone completely numb!). After that the route is signed along roads with narrow paths and I turned back. On driving back to Abercynon along most of the route, much of it is on cycle paths alongside the road which are not that interesting, with some potentially nice stretches in the valley park.

All in all there are many better off road cycle paths in South Wales such as the Taff Trail, this one has a few highlights but there is too much on road to recommend it unless you happen to be near one of the more interesting parts.
Written January 12, 2016
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Karenjenkins68
Aberdare, UK7 contributions
Nice dog walk
Oct 2015 • Solo
Lots of building work going on around Michael sobell sports centre. Eventually joined the path near aberdare swimming pool. Walked down to Aberaman along the river then back up through the old canal in Cwmbach. Lovely autumnal stroll with plenty of dog waste bins. Flat well maintained path (though there was a lot of litter strewn around).
Written October 26, 2015
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Josephxx
Aberdare, UK31 contributions
The Cynon Trail, Aberdare
Apr 2015 • Family
The Cynon Trail runs through Aberdare, and links Abercynon (6 miles South), to Hirwaun and Penderyn (of Welsh Whisky fame) about 5 miles North. It is suitable for Walkers and Cyclists, wheelchairs, and pushchairs. The section through Aberdare is a gentle and pleasant countryside ramble. If walking further, there are bus links at each end to return you to Aberdare Town Centre. The easiest place to join the route is opposite the new Sobell Sports complex, at The Ynys, where there is a large Car Park. The trail down to Abercynon runs mostly off-road, alongside the river through attractive countryside. More details and a map can be found on-line.
Written April 13, 2015
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