Cardiff, Wales

River Ely Paths & St. Fagans Castle

The River Taff tends to hog all the attention when it comes to running in Cardiff, but residents of the city’s west end know there is plenty of great running to be found along the River Ely as well. There are two notable routes here:

Grangemoor Park to Sanatorium Park. Starts just north of the Cardiff Bay Trail, in Grangemoor Park. In addition to a 1.5 km loop around the park, runners can continue north 4 km to Sanatorium Park. Nice combination of river and park paths.

River Ely Paths to St. Fagan’s. A couple of miles north of Sanatorium Park, this is a pretty route along the River Ely west to St. Fagans. The affluent town of St. Fagans is known for its high-end homes, historic center, and St. Fagans Castle and grounds. Our 7 km loop includes the river paths, village, and castle grounds.

  • Grangemoor Park to Sanatorium Park: 4 km (2.5 mile) one-way; St. Fagans Loop: 7 km (4.5 miles)
  • 21 meters or 55 meters
  • Grangemoor Park or St. Fagans Road
  • Ferry Road or St. Fagans Road