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Trevithick Trail

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, 1804.

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 cores.

Ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding, the Trevithick Trail is clearly signposted and runs down the valley alongside the River Taff.

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 viewing.

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 carvings.

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




Tel: 01685 727474
Last updated: 08.02.2013
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