A traffic free route taking in the Brecon canal, Taff Trail & an old Tramroad combined with a long descent and superb scenery

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Exposure

Exposure

The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.

Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Description

Public pay vehicle parking is available at Henderson Hall in Talybont on Usk (opposite the black & white canal swing bridge).

After exiting the car park go up to the swing bridge, then turn left onto the canal.

You will shortly reach the White Hart pub where you exit the canal, turn right and up and over a hump back bridge over the canal following a dirt track.

You will then reach the start of the Brinmore Tramroad where there are various displays describing its history and usage which are well worth stopping to read.

The track at the start is flat but can be bumpy, and is walled by hedges either side, and after passing through a few gates (make sure you close them) enter the forest where you will start to gradually climb (the surface can be looser in places).

See if you can spot evidence of where the tram tracks used to be.

After exiting the forest you will come to a junction which is signposted Tramroad straight on to your left or Taff trail to your right.

At this point there are numerous routes and distances that can be chosen (see other Talybont on Usk tramroad routes). Take the Tramroad sign to your left and continue climbing on a sometimes rough & loose track through the forest.

Upon exiting the forest cross straight over a forest road and continue into the forest, again climbing where the track gets narrower.

Pass through a gate with the reservoir still on your right and just as you exit the forest there is a short, steep and very rocky ascent to negotiate.

Select a low gear, get your speed up and keep pedaling, choosing your line wisely. As you reach the top and just before you meet the forest road turn right onto a grassy descent which quickly becomes steeper, rockier & looser with some small drop offs and ruts waiting to catch you out.

Make sure you look far enough ahead and keep that bike rolling.

After being shaken on the descent you will reach a metal gate.

Go through this and continue to the end of the descent where you will reach a wide gravel track (Taff trail); turn left and follow this all the way back to the start, with the reservoir now on your left