A new £335,000 shared use path for cycling and walking has been officially opened in Ystradgynlais.

The route, known locally as the Tawe Uchaf Trail, is a traffic free path for walkers, Cyclists and people with disabilities. The path was officially opened on Tuesday 16 June 2009.

Developed by Powys County Council, in partnership with mining company Celtic Energy Limited, the path is just over 4km in length and stretches from Penrhos to Coelbren in town. Funding for the route has come from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Safer Routes in Communities Fund.

A long-term aspiration of the community, the route utilises a section of the disused railway line in the ownership of Celtic Energy. The route can currently be accessed from Penrhos but the future aspiration of the community is that access will be available from other parts of the town.

Cllr Gwilym Evans, Board Member for Cycling and Road Safety, said: “We’re pleased that this route has been constructed to such high standards and local people are already out using the path on a regular basis. It is an excellent local resource to promote physical activity and regeneration.”