Penarth and Cardiff Barrage and Bay is a 10.9 kilometer loop trail located near Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and road biking.

Distance: 10.9 km Elevation Gain: 193 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

road biking

walking

beach

paved

views

city walk

A fascinating circular walk from Victorian Penarth in Glamorgan, with views over its pier and heritage coast all the way around Cardiff Bay. The walk goes around Penarth Marina, then over the River Ely, past the international pool and across the River Taff to Cardiff Bay. Once docklands, the bay is now a huge leisure lagoon. The route leads you past the Millennium Centre (the Welsh opera house with its glowing copper roof), the old ornate pierhead buildings and the Welsh Senedd or parliament building. Continuing, you will follow a lovely walkway lined with sculptures and a pretty Norwegian church, passing the Doctor Who Experience with its TARDIS over the water and along the barrage with beautiful views over the Bristol Channel and Flatholm and Steepholm islands. For the final stretch you will head over the barrage locks and bridges, with its rushing waters, swing bridges and fish ladder before heading back to Penarth. The route is easy-going, following flat tarmac paths, so trainers would be fine. You will need to negotiate two flights of steps and one small bridge (with push open gates) over the marina mouth. The paths are well-marked as the route picks up several trails on the way. If you remember to keep the bay to your right, you won't go far wrong. Allow 3 hours.

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7 days ago

Take my dog down this pretty regularly, great easy walk with nice views and sometimes there’s a food van next to the skatepark so that’s nice

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4 months ago

Another fantastic walk. app froze on Me and crashed my phone for a few minutes but got back on track. amazing city hike! many sites and potential fun detours on the way

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