Distance: 11.2 miles (round-trip)
Travel Time: 2 - 2.5 hours
Ride Level: Beginner
This is a wonderful ride for beginners and families alike because the entire route is traffic-free AND its practically flat the whole way! The approximate travel time is two hours (round-trip), but you can choose to make it shorter or longer due to the many little places to wander. Also of note: you will be riding through two parts of Sustrans' "Three Park Trail".
The ride begins and ends at the Hengoed Train Station. Follow NCN Route 47 across the front of the Hengoed Community Centre and through the A frame on the opposite side of the yard.
The first mile will wind along through the woods, across a quiet road, under a major road (with a short zig-zag up the other side) and plop you directly into Parc Penalta. You will then follow this path for three miles through the length of Parc Penalta. You will see many lovely ponds and trails to explore.
Leaving the park you will turn through another A frame and ride along side a rail line for two miles (perfectly flat and practically straight... you won't find this often in Wales!) to Trelewis and Parc Taf Bargoed. The path then weaves through the park to a junction at a grand pedestrian suspension bridge (see photo below).
At the junction NCN Route 47 turns left and crosses the bridge, but you should continue straight onto NCN 476. This path will lead you to the Visitor Centre, the lakes, and eventually up to the climbing centre. There are restrooms, a small snack bar, seasonal boat rentals, loads of picnic areas, wild life displays.
The return trip is exactly as you came.
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|ROUTE COLOUR KEY:||Traffic-free||Shared Use||Quiet Road||Steep Hill|
|Parc Taf Bargoed Ride|
|Location:||Hengoed to Trelewis|
|Distance:||11.2 mi. (round-trip)|
|Approx. Time:||2 - 2.5 hrs.|
|Elevation:||+715 ft. / -715 ft.|
Parc Penalta - http://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/countryside/parks/parc-penallta
Parc Taf Bargoed - http://www.thevalleys.org.uk/parctafbargoed.html