Merthyr Tydfil in Wales is a haven for outdoor lovers. There is a wide range of leisure, recreational, and adventure activities to enjoy. Walking is one of the best ways to explore and admire the scenery. There are several trails to choose from. Some routes are short that stretch to less than three miles while others may require some moderate walking through more rugged trails. Cyfarthfa Castle is an excellent spot for a leisurely stroll or a starting point for long meanders. The castle which was built in the 1800’s used to be a private residence of one of the ironmasters that amassed their fortune back when the iron business was at its peak. It now serves as a as a museum.
Strolling around the Cyfarthfa Castle grounds
Indulge in a relaxing stroll while exploring the grounds of Cyfarthfa Castle. This trail is a great choice for a short walking tour that reveals picturesque views. This route will take you from a tarmac footpath to a bit rougher terrain. Overall, it is an easy trail to navigate with slight inclines and descents. Prepare to be charmed not just by the castle grounds but by meadows and lush trees in the woods where the path leads.
Meandering along the river
Take a walk along the river by taking another trail that starts from the Cyfarthfa Castle grounds. The route which stretches to almost five miles can be more rugged with its more uneven footpaths. This trail takes you from the paths along the river near the castle, across a bridge, and on to the Taff Fechan nature reserve. This scenic route offers more glimpses of verdant forest that is home a wide array of wildlife.
Exploring the Brecon Beacons
Cyfarthfa Castle also serves as a jump-off point for those who want to explore the Brecon Beacons. The route takes you along a path that intersects a portion of the Taff Trail. The paths meander through the woods and meadows passing by the rivers in the area. The moors are also part of the many sights that greet hikers. Over twelve miles long, the trail is not difficult to follow even for less adventurous trekkers.