Start: The Iron Bridge
End: Taffs Well Roundabout
Distance: 1.01 miles (approx)
Tongwynlais is a small village on the northern outskirts of Cardiff. It falls between the Radyr and Taffs Well parts of the Taff Trail and is a popular stopping point for ramblers and cyclists due to the small range of shops and pubs. Those of you who are brave enough to climb or ride up the steep Mill Road/Castle Road will be rewarded with the sights of the beautiful gothic castle - Castell Coch.
The Lewis Arms, on the corner of Merthyr Road and Castle Road, has a small beer garden and is an ideal place to have a refreshing drink or a bite to eat. You'll also find a convenience store, a fruit and veg shop and a chip shop.
A recent addition to the range of eateries is a new tea room just across the road from the Lewis Arms which does a good range of sandwiches, rolls and other tasty snacks.
The Tongwynlais part of the Taff Trail begins around the Ironbridge Road area, where you'll find the iron bridge that takes you across to Radyr, and continues up through Merthyr Road towards Taffs Well.
You can discover more about this village at Tongwynlais.com.
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The Lewis Arms is a pub and restaurant on the corner of Merthyr Road, the main road running through Tongwynlais, and Mill Road which leads up to Castell Coch. It is a popular resting point for users of the Taff Trail and you will often see ramblers and cyclists sitting in the small beer garden.
You can find out more about the Lewis Arms on the Brains website.Google Map
Leading across the River Taff to Gelynis Farm and Radyr, the Iron Bridge offers great views across Tongwynlais and Castell Coch to the north. Gelynis Farm has a tea room that is open most days, although this is a slight diversion from the Taff Trail. Continuing a short distance further, safely crossing the railway and then either by means of the sports field or climbing the steep steps you can reach the Ty Nant pub which has larger beer garden than the Lewis Arms.
The Ty Nant is also a Brains pub and you can find more information here.Google Map
Castell Coch (Red Castle) was designed by William Burgess in 1871 and built between 1875 and 1891 for the third marquess of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, whose main residence was Cardiff Castle.
The Gothic Revival castle is built on the remains of a thirteenth century fortification and is impressive in its medieval design and appearance. It has a working portcullis and drawbridge and interiors that rival those of Cardiff Castle. It has been stated that it is 'the most spectacular example of (Burgess') translation from High Gothic into High Victorian'.Google Map
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