Junction 32

Shot from the bridge that crosses high above the M4, this photograph embodies much of what my Merthyr Road project means to me.

You’ve got the junction offering two choices: head north towards Merthyr Tydfil, or head south towards Cardiff. Both routes take you along the A470, today’s Merthyr Road. But in the past, your choice would have been the same, but the routes you would have travelled would have been so very different.

And whilst some of the sights you’d have seen back then would still be familiar today, most would not …

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Crossing Under The A472

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My idea of escapism is often as simple as walking down places that most people never see because they’re in too much of a hurry to get out of their cars and wander about. The Taff Trail north of Navigation (modern-day Abercynon; the original administrative centre of the Glamorganshire Canal) is one such place.

Running along the Penydarren Tramroad, the route of the world’s first steam engine railway journey in 1804, this section of the cycle trail leads up under modern road bridges like this one before breaking out into the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve. Beautiful all year round, this is a wonderful place to talk a quiet and contemplative walk.

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