The River Taff
The River Taff is a large river in South Wales. It is known as the Afon Tāf in Welsh. It is one of the ten major rivers in the United Kingdom.
It rises as two rivers in the Brecon Beacons - the Taff Fechan (Little Taff) and the Taff Mawr (Big Taff), before joining to form the Taff north of Merthyr Tydfil. At Abercynon, it is joined by the Cynon river, and at Pontypridd it is joined by the Rhondda river. From Pontypridd, it runs roughly south, through Taff's Well and Radyr, before arriving at the city of Cardiff in Llandaff.
In Cardiff, the river runs through Bute Park and next to the Cardiff Arms Park and the former National Stadium, now the Millennium Stadium, and into Cardiff Bay, an artificial lake created by the construction of a barrage across the mouth of the river. It then flows out into the Bristol Channel.
The term "Taffy", used as a nickname to people from Cardiff and by extension to all of Wales, is sometimes thought to originate from the name of the river. It may be seen as slightly derogatory. However, it may also be from the name "Dafydd" (David) which is popular amongst the Welsh.
The River Taff is a popular place for the migration of certain fish, including the salmon, river trout and elver.