Day 1: Arrival in Brecon.
Day 2: Brecon to Talybont-on-Usk - 8 miles (13 miles)
The route begins in the Canal Basin in Brecon, following the tranquil Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, passing colourful barges and flower-filled cottage gardens. Then it's on through the landscape beloved by Henry Vaughan, the 18th Century poet who lived near Talybont-on-Usk, where you will spend the night.
Day 3: Talybont-on-Usk to Pontsticill - 11 miles (18 km)
Today's walk begins with a climb alongside the Talybont Reservoir, following the route of the old Brecon and Merthyr Railway, which once transported goods through the mountains. The views from the top, at Torpantau, are magnificent and the hardest part of the trail is now over!
Day 4: Pontsticill to Merthyr Vale - 10 miles (16 km). Following the Brecon Mountain Railway, the route now leaves the National Park, joining the Taff Valley and crossing the impressive viaduct at Cefn Coed.
Day 5: Merthyr Vale to Pontypridd - 10 miles (16 km)
There is plenty of industrial heritage to interest the walker today, from the Pont y Gwaith bridge to the tramway which once carried iron from the Pendarren ironworks to the Glamorgan canal. Richard Trevithick, 19th century inventor and engineer, tested his steam locomotive here in 1804, 25 years before Stephenson's Rocket
Day 6: Pontypridd to Castell Coch - 7 miles (11 km)
The walk continues down the Taff Vale towards the capital to Castell Coch, where an unexpected fairytale castle awaits. The Victorian fantasy castle we see today hides the complex history of Castell Coch fortresses at the head of the Taff gorge, the earliest of which was probably Norman - and wooden.
Day 7: Castell Coch to Cardiff Bay - 8 miles (13 km). A final day through the capital to journey's end on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay.
- Duration: 6 days hiking
- Distance: 54 miles (86 km)
- Grading: Moderate.
The price is 395 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.
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