Visit the Trevithick Trail and follow the route taken by the
first steam engine locomotive to travel on rails pulling a load of
10 tons of iron - and 70 passengers - on February 21st,
This was the precursor of the Railway Age which changed the
world economy in the 19th century.
Richard Trevithick, working in Merthyr Tydfil at the time on
stationary engines, was doing his own research into engine travel
on rails, and used the railway line to experiment with his design,
making Merthyr Tydfil a World First in steam engine travel.
The nine-mile walking and cycling heritage path runs from
Penydarren in Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon and offers opportunities
for circular links with the Taff Trail through numerous village
Ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding, the Trevithick Trail
is clearly signposted and runs down the valley alongside the River
Reminders of the Age of Iron, when Merthyr Tydfil was the
undisputed Iron Capital of the World, may be seen along the length
of the trail and are highlighted by special plaques.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and many other bodies have
delivered extensive engineering works, landscaping enhancements and
community artwork projects to create a high standard attraction for
the area. Features include prominent points of interest such as the
Trevithick Tunnel in Pentrebach and the bridge at Pontygwaith, rich
history referenced at each village and evidence of the achievement
with the original stone sleepers still apparent for your
The trail also passes through a variety of habitats ranging from
ancient deciduous woodland to grasslands and wetland. Such
diversity of habitats provides ideal conditions for a wide variety
of plants, animals, birds and insects.
Watch out for some interesting artwork which has been sited
along the course of the trail including wildlife stone
The Trevithick Trail offers visitors and residents alike an
interesting day in the country surrounded by the remnants of a
bygone age and the beauties of nature.
Check out the routes to ride page on the Trevithick Trail
provided by Sustrans
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