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  • Stuart's Photography - » Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes
    industrial estate I used to think that this was a surviving relic of the old Cardiff Railway but sadly that just isn t true Cardiff Railway remained on the eastern bank of the River Taff with a station where the Focus DIY store now is at Upper Boat before finally crossing the Taff over the impressive but sadly doomed Rhydefelin Viaduct Even so this bridge is one of the most impressive survivors in the area and it definitely deserves a feature all of its own The Photos This is how most people see the bridge as an essential short cut across the Taff to and from the nearby railway station If you do find yourself crossing this bridge I urge you to stop for a few moments to admire it It is one of the few surviving structures from its time The railway siding that it carried and the power station and factories that used to sit at either end of this siding are long gone As this close up of the bridge s structure shows it could do with a lick of paint to preserve it from the elements for a bit longer The old trackbed is long gone replaced by this wooden boarding Be careful in wet and icy weather I ve slipped and slided my way from one end of the bridge to the other on more than one occasion Taken from upstream looking south west along the River Taff to the bridge Doesn t it just look fine I don t think you ll find another one like it anywhere else along the length of the Taff Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 3 comments Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Modern
    St David s 2 Shopping Centre in the background of this photo and the CCTV camera hoisted up above the throngs of people heading to and from the new shops It s a dirty job as we can see by the condition of this camera which might only be a couple of years old but someone has to do it Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Desktop Wallpaper Gates In Silhouette Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 11th 2011 in Cardiff Desktop Wallpaper Modern Single Shot Series My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff Europe s youngest capital city Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient the Victorian and Georgian and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years To the north of Cardiff s Old Library now the home of the Cardiff Story museum sits a little garden that is popular with both the lunch time crowds and passing shoppers as a pleasant place to sit and pass the time It is part of the Cemetery Gardens of St John the Baptist s Church believed to be the second oldest building in Cardiff after the Norman castle just to the north A major thoroughfare runs through the middle of the gardens linking the Indoor Market to the west with the St Davids Shopping Centre and Queens Arcade to the immediate east The gardens are ringed with a simple presumably wrought iron fence complete with three sets of gates facing east west and north which allows them to be closed on an evening presumably to prevent vandalism as the shoppers give way to Cardiff s infamous drinking culture Copyright c Stuart Herbert Blog Twitter Facebook Photography Merthyr Road Daily Desktop Wallpaper 25 9 Twitter If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Merthyr Road Footpath Sign Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 18th 2011 in A473 Barry Railway Church Village Leisure Modern Tonteg Seen during a recent visit to Tonteg Junction a former railway route converted into the Church Village bypass At the time of publishing Google Maps still shows Tonteg Junction as it was before

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Morganstown
    Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry Be the first to leave a comment Latest Photos Categories A4054 Merthyr Road A469 A470 Trunk Road A473 A48 Abercanaid Administrative Articles Opinion Post Production Barry Barry Docks Barry Railway Brecon and Merthyr Railway Bristol Channel Bute Dock Feeder Bute Docks Caerphilly Cardiff Cardiff Railway Church Village Coal Education Edwardsville Egwlysilan Equipment Financial Font y gary Forest Farm Glamorganshire Canal Great Western Railway Gwaelod y Garth Hawthorn and Upper Boat Historical Iron Steel Junction Canal Leisure Llwyn Onn Local Sites South Wales M4 Motorway Manufacturing Margam Maritime Media Medical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road By Era By Water Merthyr Tydfil Merthyr Vale Miscellaneous Sidings And Other Routes Modern Morganstown Nantgarw Navigation Modern day Abercynon News Penarth Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Photos 25 9 Caught My Eye Desktop Wallpaper Favourites Other Shots Recommendations Single Shot Series Tablet Wallpaper The Year In Review Travel Photography Pontygwaith Pontypridd Pontypridd Caerphilly and Newport Railway Quakers Yard Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway Quarrying Radyr Rhymney Railway River Ely River Rhondda River Taff Shoot Shopping Taff Trail Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Taffs Well Technique Tin Works Tongwynlais Tonteg Tramroad Treforest Treforest Industrial Estate Turnpike Old Road Uncategorized Walking Routes Archives August 2015 October 2014 April 2014 March 2014 August 2013 July 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 September 2012 August 2012 February 2012 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Nantgarw
    up towards the sun these strange streaks of purple light appeared on the image I think it looks better as black and white but if anyone really wants me to I ll upload the colour original for you to see for yourself A little saner than my last shot here s the bridge at Penrhos Cutting that the Taff Trail goes under before its climb up Nantgarw Hill It doesn t take a lot to imagine local boys standing up on the bridge waiting to be engulfed as a steam train huffs and puffs its way up the valley from Walnut Tree Junction Maybe the driver blew the train s whistle for them as his train passed by It s a romanticism that our modern railways with their sealed carriages and grumbling motors simply can t compete with Who knows when oil finally starts to run out maybe we ll all be forced back to a second age of steam At the foot of Penrhos Cutting the intrepid explorer has a choice He can continue along the Taff Trail cycle route 8 to Nantgarw and on to Pontypridd or he can continue to follow the old Rhymney Railway line up Nantgarw Hill and into Penrhos Cutting If you leave the Taff Trail and decide to continue to follow the Rhymney Railway route up Nantgarw Hill instead this takes you into Penrhos Cutting and on to Caerphilly At the far end of the cutting approx 2 miles stands Penrhos Junction which I ll cover at a later date Copyright c Stuart Herbert blog twitter photography all facebook Merthyr Road project all If you re reading this in the RSS feed my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken Unfortunately I haven t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed so for now you ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map Sorry 3 comments The View From The Garth Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 2nd 2007 in A470 Trunk Road Barry Railway Cardiff Church Village Egwlysilan Gwaelod y Garth Historical Iron Steel Manufacturing Melingriffith Modern Nantgarw Quarrying Shoot Taff Vale Railway Modern day Valley Lines Taffs Well Tin Works Walking Routes Enjoy The View From The Garth as part of my Merthyr Road series on Flickr If there s one part of the landscape that dominates views of both Taff Vale and Cardiff it has to be the Garth But what can you see from up on the Garth That s what I went up there to find out Thoughts On The Day The day was a tale of two directions To the south towards the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff conditions were very difficult for landscape photography with the sun reflecting off the Bristol Channel beyond the South Wales coastline The photos shot facing that way all suffered from limited contrast and colour I ended up converting those to black

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Navigation (Modern-day Abercynon)
    This shoot consists of more photos than previous ones and the Merthyr Tramroad touches so much of the history of the valley that it travels through that there s simply so much more to see and learn about I ve added a new section to the article listing all of the resources used to compile both this article and the write ups for the individual photos on Flickr I highly recommend that you visit all of referenced websites they contain far more information than I can include here and there are also many old photos from a time when the Merthyr Tramroad was still in use Although the history is such a major part of this project looking through the photo set one last time before making it public I m happy that the photography hasn t been lost this time out Found on Flickr I can understand a shortage of photos on Flickr about the Glamorganshire Canal but I was surprised by the lack of photos covering the Trevithick Tramroad and the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve Practically every other walker I passed on the day was carrying a camera Maybe there s something wrong with the way I search Flickr for photos Mmm I did manage to find these two photos which I liked Pont Y Gwaith by locus imagination Trevithick Tramroad by locus imagination They both make me want to go back at the height of summer when everything will be much greener than now Sources If you d like to learn more about Richard Trevithick the Merthyr Tramroad or the areas that the Tramroad runs through the sources used for this article and the photo write ups on Flickr include The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canal Volume 1 by Rowson and Wright Richard Trevithick Cornwall s Pioneer of Steam by the South Western Electricity Historical Society ENGINEERS Richard Trevithick the Cornish genius by Cotton Times Trevithick 2004 a joint public private voluntary sector partnership to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Penydarren Locomotive the first steam locomotive in the world to haul a load on rails Cynon Culture a website dedicated to the history and culture of the Cynon Valley Victoria Bridge Quakers Yard Restoration Works Contract Payment a report to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Our Woods in Focus a website by the Woodland Trust Taff Vale Railway entry on Wikipedia Map of the Taff Vale Railway on the GWR modellers website Isambard Kingdom Brunel 200th Anniversary Exhibitions from the Heritage In Action Herian website Discover South Wales a map of heritage sites from the Heritage In Action Herian website The Taff Vale Railway Volume 1 by John Hutton ISBN 1 85794 249 3 Newsletter 110 June 2006 PDF from the Institution of Civil Engineers Merthyr Tydfil Tramroads and their Locomotives by Gordon Rattenbury and M J T Lewis ISBN 090146152 0 Pontygwaith entry on Wikipedia Bringing the people of Merthyr closer to nature the Forestry Commission press release from 29 August 2003 announcing the plan to create the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve Pontygwaith on Alan George s website Cefn Glas Tunnel on the excellent Cardiff Rail website Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway on the excellent RAILSCOT website The Taff Vale Railway by D S M Barrie published on the Trackbed website The Edwardsville Viaducts on Alan George s website Building Control Regulations for Merthyr County Borough Council which includes a list of listed buildings in the borough Trevithick and the Penydarren Tramroad on Deryck Lewis WalesRails website ST0799 on the Geograph org uk website 3 comments First Visit To Navigation Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 5th 2007 in Glamorganshire Canal Historical Merthyr Road Navigation Modern day Abercynon Shoot North of Pontypridd the Taff Vale gives way to three separate valleys known after the three rivers that flow through them To the north west runs the Rhondda Valley up to Treherbert Tramroads and later railways carried coal down the Rhondda Valley through Pontypridd or Newbridge as it was then known across the River Taff at Machine Bridge to the Glamorganshire Canal just south of Glyntaff To the best of my knowledge no one ever tried to build a canal down the Rhondda Valley the topology was discouraging at best Instead Clause 57 of the Glamorganshire Canal Act granted permission for mine owners whose mines were within four miles of the Canal to lay roads or railways between their mines and the Canal The most famous of these was the Doctor s Tramroad which will be covered in a later article To the north east runs the Taff Valley up to Merthyr the head of the Glamorganshire Canal From its origins at Cyfarthfa the Canal ran down the valley to the west of the River Taff before crossing the Taff on an aquaduct less than a mile to the north of the River Cynon From there the Canal remained to the east of the River Taff through the Taff Vale past Cardiff and down to Sea Lock in what is now Cardiff Bay At the foot of the third valley the Cynon Valley stands modern Abercynon where the River Cynon empties out into the River Taff From 1812 to 1900 the Aberdare Canal brought iron and coal down the Cynon Valley from Aberdare and Hirwaun home of Tower Colliery which was the last deep mine in the whole of Wales and along the Glamorganshire Canal to the docks at Cardiff Such was the importance of this junction that a small village grew up here although it didn t take the name Abercynon until 1893 and it didn t become a parish until 1908 Before becoming Abercynon it was known to the Taff Valley Railway as Aberdare Junction and to those who worked the Canal it was known as Y Basin The Basin and Navigation Navigation House which still stands today was the original headquarters of the Glamorganshire Canal company With the purchase of both Canals by the Butes in the late 1800 s administration of the Canal was

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  • Stuart's Photography - » News
    views can t all be my Dad they would have laughed you out of the building It certainly gives me the confidence to keep clicking away So thank you to all of my readers I hope you ve enjoyed looking at my photos to date as much as I ve enjoyed taking them Be the first to leave a comment New Feature Desktop Wallpaper Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 27th 2010 in Desktop Wallpaper News I like to change my desktop wallpaper regularly and recently I ve been sharing my choice with my followers on Flickr Judging by the Flickr stats it s been quite popular so I ve decided to start sharing these choices with my blog readers too I m also going to expand my choices to include great photos on Flickr by other photographers that I think deserve a wider audience If you come across any Creative Commons licensed photos on Flickr that you d like to see me feature please let me know by leaving a comment here or dropping me an email or a message on Twitter Be the first to leave a comment A Trial Publishing Schedule Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 21st 2010 in News How often would you like to see photos and articles published on this blog Let me know in the comments below For now I m aiming to publish every Monday Wednesday and Friday Larger articles will be on Fridays because they always make me think of the weekend to come and any other photos or articles will be Mondays and Wednesdays That gives me Tuesdays and Thursdays for T ai Chi articles And any photography news and thoughts will appear under the photography tag in my Twitter feed as and when they occur to me If that doesn t work for you I upload the photos for the articles to my Flickr feed in advance each weekend you can go grab them straight from there and bypass the blog articles altogether But I always recommend the blog of course Be the first to leave a comment Photos Still Being Taken Queue Getting Longer Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 15th 2009 in News After 12 months of relative quiet I thought it about time to post some news on what I ve been up to with my photography Even if it just acts as a note to self to remind me what I want to blog about next Although I haven t been posting new articles on here for some time now new job and my Tai Chi school have had to come first sorry I ve still been getting out and about with my camera taking new photos for future articles Redevelopment at both ends of the Merthyr Road area Cardiff City Centre and the land to the south of Dowlais make it more important than ever to capture this area s industrial history before it s gone forever I ve updated the list of

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Penarth
    comment 4am At Penarth Pier Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 4th 2010 in Bristol Channel By Water Modern Penarth Photos Shoot Mrs H and I went out this morning to shoot photos as part of the 4amproject blog twitter Our original destination was Cardiff but it was so busy with staggering drunks that instead we headed off to the quieter location of Penarth and its pier The Photos To try and cut down on the amount of light from the street lights I headed down onto the beach itself where it was much darker Whilst I was waiting for Mrs H to finish using the remote cable release I turned my camera around to take this shot looking up the stairs back to street level Turning the camera around the other way the English coast across the Bristol Channel was lit up by the tobacco stain of street lights both near and far With it being almost low tide I managed to get some great reflective effects in the wet sand out towards the estuary This is what we came to photograph Penarth Pier at 4am lighting up the sands below as it juts out into the Bristol Channel This is Mrs H s shot of the beach with Penarth Pier beyond Mrs H s shot of the promenade at Penarth looking east towards the pier Mrs H s shot across the sands towards the lights of the English coast Mrs H went down onto the pebble beach for this one using the foreground to add detail and a focal point to her second shot across the Bristol Channel Thoughts On The Day I d come across the 4am project by accident on Twitter and although I m about as far from being a morning person as you can get I liked the idea of trying to take photos at a time of day that I normally don t even see never mind shoot at With the cats giving us very strange looks we grabbed our gear and headed out towards Cardiff to find somewhere interesting to photograph Our first choice was the Hayes in Cardiff but at 4am on Easter Sunday it was just far too busy to do any photography The city centre was teeming with parties of people and supervising police after a bit of discussion we decided to go and find somewhere quieter and Penarth and its pier seemed much more likely to be nice and quiet We were very lucky with the weather nice and dry and not too cold This was our first time out with the wireless remote cable release I bought in Bath on Thursday and although it s really great that both of us can share the same cable release in practice when you re doing 4 minute exposures you need your own cable release Oh and wireless cable releases are well worth the extra that they cost Our first time out doing early morning photography was a lot of

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  • Stuart's Photography - » Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway
    the shoot using the new desaturated presets this is the first colour shoot in the Merthyr Road collection that I m happy with I m planning to re publish each of these articles as a free to download PDF ebook I ll need to reprocess all the colour photos that I ve already published before I do The write up for this shoot has taken me a lot longer than any of the previous articles in the Merthyr Road series This shoot consists of more photos than previous ones and the Merthyr Tramroad touches so much of the history of the valley that it travels through that there s simply so much more to see and learn about I ve added a new section to the article listing all of the resources used to compile both this article and the write ups for the individual photos on Flickr I highly recommend that you visit all of referenced websites they contain far more information than I can include here and there are also many old photos from a time when the Merthyr Tramroad was still in use Although the history is such a major part of this project looking through the photo set one last time before making it public I m happy that the photography hasn t been lost this time out Found on Flickr I can understand a shortage of photos on Flickr about the Glamorganshire Canal but I was surprised by the lack of photos covering the Trevithick Tramroad and the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve Practically every other walker I passed on the day was carrying a camera Maybe there s something wrong with the way I search Flickr for photos Mmm I did manage to find these two photos which I liked Pont Y Gwaith by locus imagination Trevithick Tramroad by locus imagination They both make me want to go back at the height of summer when everything will be much greener than now Sources If you d like to learn more about Richard Trevithick the Merthyr Tramroad or the areas that the Tramroad runs through the sources used for this article and the photo write ups on Flickr include The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canal Volume 1 by Rowson and Wright Richard Trevithick Cornwall s Pioneer of Steam by the South Western Electricity Historical Society ENGINEERS Richard Trevithick the Cornish genius by Cotton Times Trevithick 2004 a joint public private voluntary sector partnership to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Penydarren Locomotive the first steam locomotive in the world to haul a load on rails Cynon Culture a website dedicated to the history and culture of the Cynon Valley Victoria Bridge Quakers Yard Restoration Works Contract Payment a report to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Our Woods in Focus a website by the Woodland Trust Taff Vale Railway entry on Wikipedia Map of the Taff Vale Railway on the GWR modellers website Isambard Kingdom Brunel 200th Anniversary Exhibitions from the Heritage In Action Herian website Discover South Wales a map of heritage sites from the Heritage In Action Herian website The Taff Vale Railway Volume 1 by John Hutton ISBN 1 85794 249 3 Newsletter 110 June 2006 PDF from the Institution of Civil Engineers Merthyr Tydfil Tramroads and their Locomotives by Gordon Rattenbury and M J T Lewis ISBN 090146152 0 Pontygwaith entry on Wikipedia Bringing the people of Merthyr closer to nature the Forestry Commission press release from 29 August 2003 announcing the plan to create the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve Pontygwaith on Alan George s website Cefn Glas Tunnel on the excellent Cardiff Rail website Quakers Yard and Merthyr Joint Railway on the excellent RAILSCOT website The Taff Vale Railway by D S M Barrie published on the Trackbed website The Edwardsville Viaducts on Alan George s website Building Control Regulations for Merthyr County Borough Council which includes a list of listed buildings in the borough Trevithick and the Penydarren Tramroad on Deryck Lewis WalesRails website ST0799 on the Geograph org uk website 3 comments Melingriffith The Other Tin Works Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 28th 2007 in Glamorganshire Canal Historical Melingriffith Melingriffith Feeder Merthyr Road Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway River Taff Shoot Taff Trail Tin Works Walking Routes View the photos from this shoot as part of my Merthyr Road collection on Flickr When it came to working tin in South Wales Treforrest was the undisputed King But if Treforrest was King further south down in the Vale of Glamorgan above Cardiff the works at Melingriffith were certainly the Crown Prince Built in 1749 the Melingriffith Tinplate Works sat on or near the site of an old corn mill that had existed as far back as the twelfth century It was once the largest tin works in the UK until the construction of the Treforrest Tin Works The works closed in 1957 and today the only obvious traces that the works ever existed at all are the Melingriffith Feeder that runs down from the River Taff and the restored Water Pump standing opposite Oak Cottage The works themselves appear to have been completely cleared and the site today is a modern housing estate Its mills were powered by water taken from the River Taff by the Melingriffith Feeder a water course that doubled as a canal carrying iron from Pentrych Works until around 1815 when the Pentrych tramroad was completed The tramroad crossed the River Taff over Iron Bridge The Feeder lock was permanently closed in 1871 when it was bridged over but traces of it remain if you don t mind walking out into the mostly dry bed of the Feeder to look The Melingriffith Feeder makes its way to the old Glamorganshire Canal where they run in parallel down to the Tin Works and out the other side at Melingriffith Lock Where they come together to the north of the Tin Works any overflow from the Canal was designed to flow into the Feeder This is now the southern end of the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve at Forest Farm and all the water from the Canal now runs into the Feeder before disappearing into a water course that runs underneath the housing estate that has replaced the Tin Works At the southern end of the housing estate the Feeder re emerges from underground where the Melingriffith Water Pump stands The Pump was originally designed to pump water from the Feeder into the Canal at Melingriffith Lock Rowson Wright s The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals Volume II has an entire chapter devoted to the many disputes between the Tin Works and the Canal over the supply of water As I understand it the Tin Works ran entirely on water throughout its history water that the Canal itself also needed as Melingriffith was the last point where the Canal could gather additional water needed for the section down to Sea Lock Today the Canal has been totally obliterated Ty Mawr Road has replaced the Canal here down into Whitchurch and the Feeder just empties back into the Taff beside the Valley Lines railway bridge just south of Radyr Station Melingriffith is a great example of the huge contrast that exists between Cardiff and the Taff Vale in the regeneration of the former industrial sites Most of the route of the Canal through Cardiff was industrialised but today you wouldn t know it The Canal has gone and the industry has been replaced by the housing estates of Melingriffith Gabalfa and Talybont plus the regeneration of Cardiff Bay In the Taff Vale the Canal has mostly disappeared under the A470 trunk road but where it hasn t the land has mostly just been left unused until you reach Rhydycar at Merthyr Tydfil and the site of the local Welsh Assembly Government office It s a story that mirrors the growth of Cardiff against the decline of Merthyr Thoughts On The Day I d travelled through the Melingriffith housing estate a couple of years ago cycling the Taff Trail but back then I d never heard of the Tin Works or the Feeder or really of the Canal itself I d stopped at the Water Pump and read the excellent tourist sign that goes with it but without any background knowledge I didn t really understand what I was looking at I didn t know that Oak Cottage on the other side of the road was the old lockkeeper s cottage from Melingriffith Lock or that the road itself is where Melingriffith Lock once stood I didn t know that the Water Pump stands in the Melingriffith Feeder whose route can be traced back up to the River Taff at Radyr Weir And I didn t know that the Feeder was also used as a canal with its own lock on the River Taff itself years before the Glamorganshire Canal was constructed If you want to explore this area for yourself I recommend parking at the southern end of the Glamorganshire Canal Local Nature Reserve There s a small car park there Head north into the Reserve cross the Canal overflow bridge and follow both the Feeder and Canal until the Feeder starts to veer off to the left Follow the Feeder all the way up to the River Taff Here you can see the sluice gate mechanism that once regulated the flow of water into the Feeder and the remains of the lock Turn south past Radyr Weir and its picnic area and follow the Taff Trail down until it threads its way through the Melingriffith housing estate to Oak Cottage and the Water Pump If you wish there s a muddy footpath down the Feeder s east bankside that you can follow down to the River Taff and beyond but that s really a walk for another day At the Water Pump turn north and follow the road which lies on top of the old canal bed back up to the car park The whole walk will take an hour or two and should be suitable for most people The Feeder is just one of the delights to explore in this area There s the Canal itself which can be followed up to Longwood Drive and further north up to Tongwynlais as covered in another article From Longwood Drive there s the disused Cardiff Railway route down to Coryton which also makes for a great walk And all of these walks are set in the Local Nature Reserve which includes two purpose built hides for watching the local wildlife without disturbing it Favourite Photo From The Shoot From the two visits I made to Melingriffith I came away with 305 photos according to Aperture Even allowing for the fact I now bracket every shot so divide that number by 3 that s still a lot of photos It was a tough challenge cutting it down to the 26 photos I finally uploaded to Flickr Picking just one photo as a favourite was harder still In the end this photo showing the Glamorganshire Canal flowing down into the Melingriffith Feeder is my favourite photo from this shoot It s a photo that s a bit different for a start I m willing to wager there aren t too many other shots of this scene currently around I love the colours too I think it s a great advert for what my new Nikon 18 135mm lens can do more on that lens in a dedicated article later in the year Post Production The photos for this shoot come from two separate visits to the area Because you have the Canal the Cardiff Railway the River Taff and the Taff Trail all in the same area some of the shots are going to be included in other shoots in the future Rather than lump all these shots into a single folder I decided to spend a lot of Mother s Day tagging my photos in Aperture with a view to building a set of Smart Albums based on the tags Aperture is a great tool but if there s one thing that Apple has overlooked it s the very simple operation of being able to add one keyword to a group of selected photos I can use the excellent Lift Stamp tool to copy keywords from one photo to others but I can t drag and drop a keyword onto a group of selected photos When you try the keyword gets applied to just one photo in the selection the photo that you drop the keyword onto It would be such a time saver to be able to do this simple task it would save me up to an hour a week Found On Flickr A search for the term melingriffith turned up two great shots of the Water Pump but no shots of the Feeder at all and no old photographs showing the Tin Works during their existence Melingriffith Tinplate Works by locus imagination castlecoch3 by Mr Karanka Maybe my search foo just isn t good enough I m really surprised that there aren t more photos up on Flickr covering the same subjects as my articles These places are part of the Welsh heritage as well as being historically important both to Wales and the UK 7 comments Circular Walk From Tongwynlais To The Old Glamorganshire Canal Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 27th 2007 in Cardiff Railway Glamorganshire Canal Historical M4 Motorway Merthyr Road Pentyrch and Melingriffith Light Railway Shoot Taff Trail Tongwynlais Walking Routes View these photos as part of my Merthyr Road set on Flickr Or if you prefer view a map with everyone s photos taken in the same area Although many folks around here know about the remains of the old Glamorganshire Canal preserved at Forest Farm I doubt that many folks know that there s still a small stretch of the canal still in existence by Tongwynlais cut in half by the M4 motorway as it heads west from Junction 32 and the Coryton Roundabout The route down from Tongywnlais along the Taff Trail and then back to Tongwynlais via the Coryton Roundabout makes for an enjoyable if very muddy circular walk that can be done in an hour or two Aim Of The Shoot Page 144 of the award winning The Glamorganshire and Aberdare Canals Volume 2 by Stephen Rowson Ian I Wright ISBN 1 903 59912 1 has a photograph of a steam train crossing a bridge at Middle Lock The note accompanying the photograph states that the remains of the bridge still exists beside a section of the canal cut off by the M4 to the north and the Forest Farm Industrial Estate access road to the south I was out to find and photograph this section of the canal Thoughts On The Day Either last year or the year before Kristi and I cycled the Taff Trail from Taffs Well down to Cardiff and back At no time did we realise that there were any remains of the old canal nearby we certainly didn t know that at one point our path took us to within 100 yards of a surviving stretch You can actually see the stretch on this Google map The Taff Trail comes south down Iron Bridge Road under the A470 and then turns north west right as you look at things following Iron Bridge Road around a local playing field However after emerging from under the A470 if you turn south east left as you look instead the path beside the picnic area leads straight to a section of the canal I d say no more than 200 yards from where you emerge from under the A470 This section runs maybe 3 400 yards in length before disappearing underneath one of the slip roads for Junction 32 of the M4 At that point you re forced to turn west and follow the embankment down to the River Taff and back to the Taff Trail When you get to the Taff Trail it s well worth turning right and heading north up the Taff Trail a short distance to the Iron Bridge Alas there s no plaque that I could find to provide any details about the bridge but it does afford a good view of Castle Coch in sunny weather The section of the canal to the north of the M4 seems to be completely invisible on the satellite view on Google Maps But what is still visible is the clear outline of a railway embankment running north west beside the canal If I have my bearings right this is part of the old Cardiff Railway which once ran up to the coking plant at Nantgarw and is just to the north of the bridge and canal section that I was out to track down on this shoot The old railway line is at first impossible to trace on Google Maps as you move south of the M4 The trick is to go to the other end Coryton Station in Cardiff where the line ends in this day and age and then follow the route of the old railway west by north west back up to Long Wood Drive The old railway line makes for a nice walk too I ll be covering it in a shoot later in the year when we have blue skies once more Between Long Wood Drive and the M4 lies the remains of the railway bridge that once crossed the Glamorganshire Canal at Middle Lock the railway bridge from the photograph in the book How to find it As you head south on the Taff Trail from Iron Bridge you pass under the M4 The Taff Trail continues straight ahead almost due south along the bank of the River Taff There s another path immediately heading off to the left Take the path to the left and follow it along until it ends at another path which runs west east along the

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