Cycling in Wales – Ideas – Routes – Advice
There are many many reasons why Wales is a great to get on your bike and ride. From the Lycra clad road racer, the mud covered mountain biker – or the more family orientated trail from country to coast. For Families and gentle rides there literally hundreds of miles of beautiful traffic free routes and many of them connect up with holiday areas, historic attractions, country parks etc thus enabling you mix your traffic-free bike ride with a wonderful Welsh sightseeing experience.
- Cardiff to Castell Coch – follow the Taff Trail start in Cardiff and keep going until you see the fairy tale Castell Coch.
- Elan Valley Trail, Mid Wales – The Elan Valley Trail is a great introduction to off road biking but without the mud
- Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia – The Mawddach Trail from Dolgellau to the beach at Barmouth, on the foothills of Cader Idris and the gorgeous Mawddach estuary.
- Millennium Park, Llanelli – Take the route to Pembrey that hugs the coast, providing views fantastic of sea and hills
- Peregrine Path, Monmouth – Criss Cross the Welsh English border that follows the River Wye all the way from Hay on Wye to Monmouth with castles at Skenfrith and Monmouth.
- Lôn Eifion Cycleway, Caernarfon – With Caernarfon castle and steam trains on the Welsh Highland railway, there is plenty to see from Snowdonia to Caernarfon Bay.
- Port Talbot to Afan Forest Park – a simply stunning route that takes you from the wildlife in Afan Forest to the Afan Valley.
- For more in depth information please take a look the National Cycle Network
Cycling in the Brecon Beacons
Our National Park is a great place for a day out on two wheels, or even a cycle touring or mountain biking holiday.Our bike guides and hire companies can set up anything from a a simple day’s bike hire to a complete package with equipment, accommodation, routes and guides all included.
Cycling and mountain biking is a fabulous way to experience our glorious countryside. It gives you healthy exercise, relieves stress and allows you to spend time in the fresh air with family and friends.
Cycling with family and friends helps you stay motivated. You won’t want to let them down if you’ve arranged to go out together. You can challenge each other to a real workout, or take it easy so that you have plenty of breath for a chat!
We have lots of different terrain to explore, including towpaths, lanes and hillside tracks. And thanks to our public transport network, you can leave the car behind – especially on summer Sundays, when the Bike Bus is running.
If you already have a cycle route that you use – then there is a Cycle Route Planner website – where you can map out your own routes that you have used before and then make it available for others to download and use here .
Cycling on the Wales Coastal path
There are many sections of the Wales Coast Path that have been specially designated as parts of the UK Cycle Network. This is a fantastic chance to discover coastal path and all it has to offer – which is great riding and even greater scenery. Although mainly on the flat, traffic free and on a hard surface it is perfect for everyone. Dont forget though – it’s always to get off your bike and take a look around , visit attractions and engage in seaside activities and, because they pass through major towns and seaside resorts it is easily accessible.
The coastal path follows the coastline all around Wales. So you can always do a tour of the whole country – a ‘Tour De Wales’ if you like. It covers approx 850 miles and would make for a great cycling holiday. Each night a different town in a new B&B , hotel or if you want total independence then there is always a campsite nearby. Personally – a nice warm bed is much better to rest those aching bones and muscles.