The Living Taff celebrates all the great things along the river's journey. The Taff starts in a National Park, makes its way through an area famous for its part in the industrial revolution, and has its estuary in Wales' capital city. For a long time, people turned away from the river as it was used by the coal industry to take away waste, but the river has since returned to life. We believe that the river can be seen as a way to link the area's towns, and be a protected place for people to enjoy and connect with nature.

Since starting the project, we have worked to bring attention to the river, by: organising events, walking tours, giving talks to groups, organising participation in the Big Jump, organising for young people to represent the Taff at a European youth network for rivers conference (where they shared knowledge of and the challenges facing their local rivers), and taking part in and supporting the BBC series: The River Taff with Will Millard.

If the river means something to you, and you're happy to share with us why, we'd really like to hear from you!

Our blog:

Tom Johnson & Charlotte James: Merthyr Rising

We’re pleased to feature this series of photographs by photographer Tom Johnson about Merthyr Tydfil. The exhibition aims to challenge common misconceptions about the area by putting a spotlight on Merthyr’s strong community and vibrant characters.

Thu 28 Jan 2016


The Paranormal Taff Valley

Six haunted places to visit along the Taff Valley.

Sun 10 Jan 2016


Indus Films

Indus Films, the Cardiff-based production company that makes films from all over the world, is putting together a series of programmes for the BBC on the River Taff and have been helped by Paul Kent to film canoeing and swimming on the river. 

Tue 17 Nov 2015


Friends of Hailey Park

Just to the North of Western Avenue in Cardiff, the park has mature trees that run along the edge of the River Taff which sit very nicely with the more recently planted ones. Its proximity to the River Taff ensures that the park is rich in wildlife. The Friends group has worked hard to achieve – Read more..

Mon 16 Nov 2015


River Level Monitoring

Paul Kent  has kindly provided us with the link for the river level monitoring, which is:- http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/river-and-sea-levels/default.aspx Use it by selecting the area you want, followed by the monitoring station nearest to your swimming area or river activity spot. The levels do not directly relate to flow rate, but it only takes a few times – Read more..

Sun 15 Nov 2015


Coracles on the Taff

We want to start having coracle races on the Taff next summer. If you’d like to build a coracle and race against us, get in touch and we will give you any advice that we can. Chris Powell, who masterminded the coracle’s construction says, ”Putting the coracle together was a blast. Sometimes it felt as if we were in the same room as the men who built their own coracles on the Taff.”

Sat 14 Nov 2015


Walking Around the Taff

We are planning a series of walks that will start at the source of the Taff, led by Martin Rees, who volunteers for the National Trust in the Brecon Beacons and other seasoned walkers like Gary Richards will be leading walks coming down the valley.

Sat 14 Nov 2015


Llandaff North Autumn Festival

We’ll have a table at this weekend’s Llandaff North Festival in Steiner School. Come along to talk to us about the Taff and our project. There’ll be plenty of other things to do too, including: http://www.llandaffnorthfestival.wales/

Wed 16 Sep 2015


Bute Park Bat Walk

The Cardiff Bat Group are organising a walk in Bute Park this Friday (18.09) at 19.00. It’s free to attend – meet at the National Express office in Sophia Gardens. For more information, contact: secretary@cardiffbats.org.uk

Wed 16 Sep 2015


The Big (river) Jump

On the day the weather was not good – in fact it rained – but the rain was warm and so was the River Taff and the experience was unforgettable. Although I had walked and cycled beside the Taff for many years, I had never swum in it before. 

Tue 21 Jul 2015


Make The Docks Safe To Swim In

I grew up close to the river Ystwyth, near Llanilar, and I knew every place to play. All the streams, rivers, paths, roads, fields, and woodlands. 

A few miles cycling to get sweets or visit friends in Trawsgoed was not uncommon, sometimes twice a day. 

Read More…

Sun 5 Jul 2015


Pedal Power

Situated in beautiful parkland beside the River Taff and a short distance from the Taff Trail.

Pedal Power helps people of all ages and abilities to learn how to cycle and benefit from this wonderful form of transport. Pedal Power has a wide range of specialist bikes with support workers, as well as ordinary bikes for hire.  

Sat 4 Jul 2015


Interview for a Cardiff University Radio Station

Keisha Gitari, a Cardiff University student, interviewed us recently.

Fri 3 Jul 2015


The Big Jump 12.07.15

The Big Jump is a campaign across Europe aimed at improving river quality. We’ll all be celebrating our rivers by swimming in them simultaneously. All swims will happen on Sunday 12.0715 at 14.00 BST. https://unsplash.com/pierreolivierbourgeois

Thu 2 Jul 2015


The Living Taff Launch

We launched The Living Taff on Sunday 21st June – Mid-Summer’s Day – and the weather was good and so was the footfall at the launch.  In three hours we had nearly 400 visitors who came to ask questions and also listen to the music and poetry.  

Sun 28 Jun 2015