After taking on a few different routes with our usual Thursday group, we noticed that two of our usual routes could fit together. So, that’s just what we’ve done here.
About the route
Leaving Cardiff on Albany Road, you head down Newport Road and take a right after TGI Fridays. Head down to the roundabout and across to Lamby Way. Stay on this road for a few miles –it’s a rare opportunity to keep pedalling consistently without having to stop for traffic lights or roundabouts. It’s also completely flat and formed the first part of the Velothon route.
You’ll emerge from this excellent road into Duffryn. Take a left onto Duffryn Way and stay on it until you hit the old A48. Take a right onto the A467 to Bassaleg then left onto the A468. This road boasts an excellent straight descent before taking a left at Lower Machen and onto Draethen. If the sun is out you’ll be treated to stunning scenery here, so perhaps stop for a snack and a photo before climbing Caerphilly mountain and coming down the other side, down Nantgarw hill and into Treforest Estate.
Follow the main drag through the estate to Upper Boat and take the first left off the roundabout to Gwaelod-y-Garth road. Climb up through the pine forests and down through the picturesque village of Gwaelod. There’s a very nice pub here that does good food, so stop and refuel if you like.
Following that, head south through Morganstown, Radyr, Llandaff, cutting through Llandaff fields before heading back through town, Cathays, Roath and back to where you started.
It’s quite a scenic route, with a 607ft climb at the 18 mile marker and should take between two and three hours depending on pace. You can get the GPX file here.