A Loop Around the Graig

If you fancy a reasonably short ride with a stiff climb, you’ll be pleased to know we have one for you.

We’d suggest that this was one for the confident cyclist, as there’s some time spent on the dual carriageway through Talbot Green, but otherwise it is on normal roads.

Once again the start & end point is in Taffs Well. From here you head up through Upper Boat and head towards Treforest. Take a left when you reach Pontypridd Station –signposted The Graig. Settle in for a stiff climb past Sardis Road, over the top and down the other side to Beddau and onto Talbot Green. From here you can take a left and follow the dual carriageway until you reach the turning for Groes-faen.

Stay on this road until you reach the roundabout taking you through Radyr or head back down through Llandaff if you came up from town.

We took a shortcut through Radyr Golf Club, but it’s a little on the muddy side and it’s roughly one car-width, so oncoming traffic may cause a problem!

Options!

This ride does present a few alternative options, should you wish to stay out longer. For example, once you reach the dual carriageway in Talbot Green, you could go straight on and join up with the A4222 and head into the Vale through Talygarn, Maendy and then grab some lunch in Cowbridge, before heading on through the lanes to St Athan, Roose, Porthkerry and Barry. However, today it was very wet and very cold, so we kept it short.

The GPX File

Gavin

Bike commuter, randonneur and cat wrangler

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