This Saturday it’s Trevithick Day – the 211th anniversary of Trevithick’s world first steam engine journey for nine and a half miles along the iron rails of the Merthyr Tramroad.
We have helped organise informal and fun cycling and heritage walk opportunities at three points on the Trevithick Trail – one of Wales’ premiere cycle, riding and walking routes.
At 10am on Saturday cyclists will set off from Puddlers’ Bridge and the Trevithick artwork at Pentrebach for Abercynon – following the route of Trevithick’s steam locomotive along the Merthyr Tramroad for much of the way.
Also at 10am, Huw Williams of Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Regeneration Trust will lead a short heritage walk along the section of the Trevithick Trail (and Taff Trail) from Quakers Yard to Goitre Coed and back.
At 10.45am, the cyclists and walkers will make their way to Navigation, Abercynon, where a heritage information board will be unveiled.
Trevithick supporters will then make the short walk to Abercynon railway station to unveile more heritage boards and a blue plaque in memory of John Ewington of Abercynon whose stand against his railway bosses sparked off the historic Taff Vale Railway strike of 1900.
The Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil Cllr Brian Mansfield and the Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Cllr John Watts will lead the event – signing a joint declaration of support for the Trevithick Day celebrations.