Barry Sidings is an attractive park of approximately 3.5 hectares. Located on the main B4753 close to Trehafod, Pontypridd.
It was developed during the late 1980s on the original railway sidings where, in the past, coal was loaded from the adjacent pit to be transported down to the port of Barry. Situated on the lower slopes of the Mynydd Gelliwion, the park stretches for about 1.5 kilometres along the southern bank of the river Rhondda. There is ample car parking. There is a wildflower bank designated as a wild zone, which supports increasing biodiversity due to its traditional hay meadow management. There are plant species such as black knapweed, meadowsweet and teasel. These attract a variety of butterflies such as meadow brown to this area. There is a short circular walk from the visitor centre that takes you through the park and up into the Forestry above the park, this walk is not suitable for pushchairs as there are steps and uneven surfaces. Unfortunately there was quite a lot of litter around the park and in the ponds, and the visitor centre has a café, and shop (which was closed on my visit during a hot sunny day and on the school holidays!), At least the public toilets were open!
From the south, head up the A470 to Pontypridd and then follow the A4058 valleys road, following the brown signs for the Rhondda Heritage Park or “Rhondda Valleys”. As you head through Hopkinstown, Barry Sidings Countrypark can be found off of a small left hand turning. Over the narrow iron bridge and follow signage into the park.
Barry Sidings Country Park is open all day, every day, to pedestrians and cyclists.
The car park closes during the evening and times vary, depending on the season.
One of the pathways leading into the surrounding forestry,