The Taff Trail: Castell Coch
Castell Coch, the fairy tale castle overlooking the valley and with a view of Cardiff right down to the docks, is on the high level route of the Taff Trail from Tongwynlais to Nantgarw. This Victorian castle elaborately furnished and decorated by William Burgess for the Marquis of Bute is well worth a visit.
Castell Coch is on the original route of the Taff Trail now designated the "High Level Route" which is quite strenuous for the novice cyclist.
Castell Coch to Tongwynlais
Starting from the Disabled Car Park in front of the drawbridge to Castell Coch, cycle down the steep castle access road to the gateway at the bottom.
Turn right and follow the road past the Golf Course to Tongwynlais village centre by the Lewis Arms.
At the top of the path from the front of the Castell the route divides. The route ahead is a forest trail through Fforest-fawr to a car park and picnic area at the top. This can be reached by road from Heol-y-Fforest (country road from Tongwynlais to Caerphilly).