The Taff Trail
The River Taff in Wales
The river that runs through the town of Pontypridd in South Wales is called the Taff. Pontypridd is actually the point where the Taff river and the Rhondda river join - it is at the confluence of the two rivers. The river Taff rises in the Brecknock Beacons (mountains) and runs down to the Bristol Channel. And that last sentence is one we had to learn off rote in primary school. The Taff river is famous. "Taffy" is a nickname for a Welshman and is included in an old nursery rhyme, "Taffy was a Welshman, Taffy was a thief, Taffy came to my house and stole a side of beef. I went to Taffy's house, Taffy wasn't in, so I jumped upon his Sunday hat and poked it with a pin." There are a great many more verses to this. In school we were taught that it was a song about the Welsh raiding the English over the borders hundreds of years before and the English trying to retaliate. Nowadays it is seen as an anti Welsh rhyme from a couple of hundred years ago.
The Taff walking and cycling trail
The Taff Trail runs beside the River Taff for about 55 miles, from the Brecon Beacons to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. It wasn't open in my day and I only heard about it when I went to the school reunion. I had already planned to walk into the town of Pontypridd after the reunion and one of my friends from then said she would walk with me along the trail. It was just as well because I would not have known about it. The trail went through Ynysangharad Park past the cricket ground, the bowling green and the children's park. I am posting a selection of photos from the trail.
Image Credit » my own photo (c) MegL