Here’s a nice little loop that’s easily accessible from the Taff Trail, but may be of interest to anyone in Radyr, Pentyrch, Fairwater or anywhere else along the route.
It takes in the Museum of Welsh Life, which has bike parking, a cafe & some fine Welshcakes (see where we’re going with this…). However, whilst it may only be 18km long, it has a sting in the tail as you climb up into Pentyrch and onto the Garth, before descending into Gwaelod-y-Garth and back towards Radyr.
From the Taff Trail, you can access the route from either Radyr Station, or the farm in Morganstown by crossing the iron bridge and the level crossing. From there you’ll head towards Fairwater and up to St Fagans, before following Croft-y-Genau Road and Church Road, Heol-y-Pentre and the Mountain Road.
It’s quite a long climb that you have the option to shorten by taking a right turn down Heol Goch. The Heol Goch descent is going to be faster & probably more fun, but less of a challenge…
….and definitely less beautiful..
If you wanted to, you could reverse this route, giving you a shorter but very sharp climb up the mountain, before coming down through Pentyrch. Whichever way you do it, there’s some great scenery to look at and some Welshcakes & coffee along the way.
You can get the GPS files and route sheet from RideWithGPS here.