Are you new to cycling? Do you wonder where you can cycle safely and what the conditions are like? Why not try one of our routes? We specialise in short, mainly traffic-free excursions that utilise The National Cycle Network in the Southeast Valleys of Wales.

Bute Park Ride

Including: Caerphilly to Cardiff
Distance: 21.9 miles (round-trip)
Travel Time: 3.5 - 4 hours
Ride Level: Intermediate

This ride begins and ends at the Caerphilly Visitor Centre. The first section is a short distance on NCN Route 4 (The Celtic Trail) down to Nantgarw where you join the popular Taff Trail (NCN Route 8). At Nantgarw the route then runs to Taff's Well, Tongwynlais, past Whitchurch and Llandaf, into Hailey Park, and then directly into Bute Park in Cardiff.

Special Note: This route is mostly ALL traffic-free.

Just after leaving the castle in Caerphilly, the route follows a combination of quiet roads and shared use paths as you navigate through several estates to the outskirts of town. Once you cross the A469, the path runs uninterrupted downhill for 2 1/2 miles to Taff's Well.

Entering Taff's Well and through Tongwynlais, however, there are several junctions and busy traffic circles that must be circumnavigated with caution as you weave around the A470. Use the dropped curbs and shared use pavements into Tongwynlais where you then must cycle with care down the High Street to Iron Bridge Road (approximately .5 mi.).

At the end of Iron Bridge Road bear right onto the narrow lane going past several private homes where you will then re-enter the traffic-free path. This path will lead you into a thick wooded area called "Longwood" which follows closely along side of the Taff River. The route soon opens up into Hailey Park and then finally into Bute Park. The ride ends on the western side of Bute Castle and Cowbridge Road.

The return trip is exactly as you came.

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ROUTE COLOUR KEY:  Traffic-free  Shared Use  Quiet Road  Steep Hill

Bute Park Ride
Location: Caerphilly to Cardiff
Distance: 21.9 mi. (round-trip)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Approx. Time: 3.5 - 4 hrs.
Elevation: +1098 / - 1098 ft.
Max. Grade: 15.7%
Avg. Grade: 0.0%

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