Coryton to Tongwynlais station, Cardiff Railway, south Wales
Report by urban75 editor, 19th August 2007
The trackbed west of Coryton has been officially inaccessible to walkers for decades, but I was delighted to discover that a sizeable stretch was now open as part of the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve.
We took a walk on a very wet August afternoon.
Satellite view of route.
The first of two road bridges crossing the abandoned railway walk after Coryton. Both were in excellent condition.
The line completes a long curve, leaving Coryton in an westerly direction before arcing north towards Tongwylais.
A view of the bridge, looking east towards Coryton.
A path has been laid down on the trackbed, although it was getting a bit muddy after a truly dreadful summer of rain. It rained the whole time for our walk!
Walking along the trackbed, which lies in a deep, wooded valley for most of its route. We didn't pass anyone else on the walk.
1950s view of a short freight train heading towards Coryton.
An impressive three arch, brick-built bridge carrying a foot path over the line.
The path ends a short distance past the bridge.
Looking through the southern arch.
The trackbed is cut in half by the M4, although there is another small section of the line open to walkers north of the motorway.
The remainder of the line into Tongwynlais has long-since vanished under the A470.