Penderyn Quarry Line

A railway which formerly ran from Hirwaun to the limestone quarries at Penderyn has now been converted into a cycleway.

OS grid ref SN 951085 (Penderyn) to SN 959061 (Hirwaun)

The route makes for a pleasant walk or cycle. The Penderyn Welsh Whisky distillery visitor centre is situated at the northern end of the line.


  • Carboniferous: Twrch Sandstone (Basal Grit), Lower Coal Measures


  • OS Landranger 160, Explorer map OL12
  • Geological — BGS 1:50,000 sheet: 231 ‘Merthyr Tydfil’


  • A free booklet is published by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council; ‘Penderyn & Hirwaun Walking Trail’ describing this trail and a walk to Sgwd yr Eira and Dinas Rock.


  • Interpretive signs
  • Benches & picnic tables
  • Entry: free


  • Flat

Transport links

  • By car — off the A4059 at Penderyn
  • By train — nearest stations at Neath and Merthyr Tydfil — see Traveline Cymru
  • By bus — see Traveline Cymru

Other attractions nearby