Wales Cycle Routes
Wales is a fantastic place to cycle with some of the UK's most awe inspiring scenery to enjoy. The National Cycle Network has been hard at work in Wales, with a multitude of fabulous signed routes now running through the hills and valleys. Many of the routes are challenging with some substantial climbs to experience, but the rider is always rewarded with spectacular views.
Highlights include the wonderful Taff trail which runs from Cardiff Bay into the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. Much of this fabulous trail is off road making for a really splendid experience for the cyclist.
Another must see is the fabulous Snowdonia National Park with yet more jaw dropping scenery to enjoy. The park is also well served by many signed cycle rides which are mapped below.
Other popular destinations include the capital city of Cardiff with the wonderful Taff Trail running through it. See our Cardiff Cycle Routes page for a selection of rides in and around the city.
Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Wales Cycle Map>>
|Aberaeron Cycle Path||3 miles (5 km)||This pleasant route follows a traffic free path from Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron. It runs along a signed National Cycle Network route on a disused railway line with nice views of the River Aeron along the way. The path runs for just under 3 miles finishing at Llanerchaeron. There's some nice trails to follow around the grounds of the attractive Georgian villa. Features include a working farm, an ornamental lake and walled gardens. You can return the same way or follow country lane to Henfynyw to turn it into a circular route. View Full Details>>|
|Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||This lovely circular walk takes you around the pretty meadows surrounding Abergavenny Castle. You'll also enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Usk and a visit to the delightful Linda Vista Gardens. |
The route starts near the tourist information centre in Abergavenny and takes you along the River Usk on a good path which is also open to cyclists. The path then heads to Linda Vista gardens, which is a well laid out public park with a variety of plants and flowers. You then pass the ruins of the 11th century Abergavenny Castle where there is a good museum detailing the history of the castle.
Please note, only the first section of the route along the river is open to cyclists.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could pick up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal for more waterside footpaths. View Full Details>>
|Abergavenny to Hay-On-Wye||22 miles (36 km)||Follow National Cycle route 42 through the wonderful Brecon Beacons National Park and enjoy fabulous views of the Black Mountains.|
The ride starts in Abergavenny, heading north into the Beacons towards Cwmyoy with wonderful views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. You then join the River Honddu taking you towards Capel Y-Ffin, passing the Augustinian Llanthony Priory as you go. The final stretch takes you through Gospel Pass and on to Hay-on-Wye where you finish by the lovely River Wye. View Full Details>>
|Abergavenny to Hereford||27 miles (43 km)||This route follows National Cycle route 46 from the Welsh town of Abergavenny to the splendid cathedral city of Hereford in England. View Full Details>>|
|Aberystwyth to Newtown||50 miles (80 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 81 on this challenging ride. You start by following the beautiful Ystwyth trail from Aberystwyth to Llanafan. This section of the ride is mostly traffic free, following a disused railway line with views of the River Ystwyth. From Llanafan the ride continues along the river to Cwmystwyth before heading into the Wye Valley towards Llanidloes. The ride then follows the River Severn to Newtown where you finish near the train station. View Full Details>>|
|Aberystwyth to Tregaron||21 miles (34 km)||This lovely ride follows National Cycle route 82 and the beautiful Ystwyth trail from Aberystwyth to Tregaron.|
The trail mostly follows off road tracks which are made up of the tracked of a disused railway line. The ride begins by following the River Ystwyth before passing through the splendid Cors Caron with its variety of wildlife. You finish in the pretty village of Tregaron. View Full Details>>
|Afan Forest Park Country Park||11 miles (17 km)||Set in the beautiful Afan Valley in Neath Port Talbot, this 48-square-mile forest park has miles of cycling trails, walking trails and several fantastic mountain bike trails. View Full Details>>|
|Along the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay||6 miles (10 km)||Follow the River Dee from England into Wales on this easy waterside walk or cycle. The route starts on the England and Wales border at Chester and follows a good riverside path to Connah's Quay in Wales. You'll pass Saltney Bridge and Queensferry Bridge before finishing at Hawarden Bridge at Connah's Quay.|
It's a good surfaced path which is great for cyclists looking for a safe, traffic free ride. It runs along National Cycle Network Route 568 with nice views of the surrounding countryside.
Near the end of the route you'll find the delightful Wepre Park. You could extend your exercise by exploring the 160 acre country park with its river, waterfall and the 12th century ruins of Ewloe Castle. Also nearby is the fascinating ruins of Flint Castle with views over the Dee Estuary.
In Chester you can explore the city on the Chester Walls Walk. There's much to enjoy with more views of the River Dee and a visit to a number of interesting historical sites. View Full Details>>
|Alwen Trail||7 miles (12 km)||This is a circular cycling and walking trail around the delightful Alwen Reservoir in Conwy, North Wales.
You will pass through forest plantations and up onto Mynydd Hiraethog where there are splendid views of the surrounding area. The route can be started at the car park at the south eastern end of the water at postcode LL21 9TT.|
The route is decorated with six interpretation panels with information about local history, culture and folklore. Wildlife lovers should look out for curlew, the rare Black Grouse and Red Squirrels.
The route is well way-marked with blue posts.
To continue your reservoir walking in the area, just head east to the larger Llyn Brenig. View Full Details>>
|Alyn Waters Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Enjoy peaceful walking and cycling in this lovely country park in the Alyn Valley, Wrexham. The Park is split into two sections either side of the River Alyn which runs through the centre of the park. As such there are delightful riverside walks to enjoy and other well surfaced paths taking you through woodland and grassland. |
Alyn Waters also contains a visitor centre with a cafe and gift shop, a Local Nature Reserve and a Trim Trail with a selection of different simple exercise equipment. Look out for a variety of wildlife including kingfishers, buzzards, kestrels, foxes, adders, grass snakes, smooth newts and a variety of bats.
Alyn Waters is located 3 miles North of Wrexham between Gwersyllt, Bradley and Llay. The Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail runs through the park so you could follow this walking route if you would like to continue your walk. Also nearby is Waun-y-llyn Country Park where you can climb to the top of Hope Mountain for wonderful views of the region. View Full Details>>
|Bala Lake||6 miles (9 km)||Enjoy a cycle ride along the beautiful Bala Lake. The route starts on the foreshore in Bala by the visitor centre. It then runs along the southern side of the lake to Llanuwchllyn where you can catch the splendid Bala Lake railway back to Bala. There are super views of the crystal clear lake and of the surrounding Welsh Mountains. View Full Details>>|
|Bangor to Holyhead||37 miles (60 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 5 and 8 through the Isle of Anglesey.
You start in Bangor by crossing the Menai Bridge into Anglesey with splendid views of the Menai Strait. The route then heads through the beautiful Anglesey countryside with views of the stunning Mynydd Bodafon - the highest point on Anglesey. You finish with a lovely run through Penrhos Coastal Park before finishing in Holyhead by the harbour. View Full Details>>
|Barmouth to Machynlleth||25 miles (40 km)||Travel from Barmouth to Machynlleth along National Cycle 8 route through the Snowdonia National Park|
You start in Barmouth on the sea front and then cross the Barmouth Bridge over the Afon Mawddach river. The route then joins the traffic free Mawddach Trail taking you along the Mawddach estuary to Dolgellau. You then head south through Snowdonia passing through the villages of Aberllefenni and Corris and enjoying some wonderful scenery as you go. The first part of this section takes place on off road trails before you join an on road section that runs along the River Dulas and into Machynlleth. View Full Details>>
|Barmouth to Tywyn||31 miles (50 km)||Travel from Barmouth to Tywyn along National Cycle 8 route through the incredible Snowdonia National Park and enjoy some stunning views. |
You start in Barmouth crossing the Barmouth Bridge over the Afon Mawddach river. You then join the traffic free Mawddach Trail taking you along the Mawddach estuary to Dolgellau. The route then turns south on country roads and traffic free paths through the Snowdonia National Park. Highlights on this section are the wonderful views of the Cader Idris mountain and Bird's rock. You finish with an on road section into the coastal town of Tywyn, finishing near the train station. View Full Details>>
|Beddgelert Forest||3 miles (5 km)||This large forest is located near the village of Beddgelert in the Snowdonia National Park. In it you will find miles of walking paths and great mountain bike trails. There are great views towards Snowdon and a nice path around the lovely Llyn Llewellyn. The Welsh Highland Railway also runs through the forest so look out for the fine steam trains as you go.|
This circular route starts from the car park just off the A4085 but you could also start from the nearby village. You can hire bikes there at Beddgelert Bikes. You can also pick up trail maps. The cycle routes are all waymarked so you can find your way easily.
The forest is also great for walkers with miles of good tracks taking you through the attractive conifer woodland. View Full Details>>
|Brechfa Forest||7 miles (12 km)||Enjoy miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails in this super forest in Carmarthenshire. There are three colour coded mountain bike trails of varying difficulty. The green/blue Derwen trail is great for novices looking for an introduction to the sport. The red Gorlech trail is a hard, fast, all weather surface suitable for the more experienced rider. The black Raven trail is a real test of your skills and is receiving great reviews from experienced enthusiasts of the sport.|
Walkers are catered for with a number of well laid out circular walks taking you through the peaceful forest and into the wider countryside.
The forest is located near to Abergorlech, Brechfa, and Llanybydder. View Full Details>>
|Brecon to Hay-on-Wye||17 miles (28 km)||This ride follows National Cycle routes 8 and 42 from Brecon to Hay-on-Wye through the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. |
The ride takes place mostly on quiet roads though there is a traffic free section near Talgarth. The main attraction on this route are the fabulous views of the Black Mountains which lie just to the east. View Full Details>>
|Bryngarw Country Park||2 miles (3.6 km)||This 120 acre country park is situated on the River Garw just north of Bridgend. There are lovely woodland trails with mature sweet chestnuts, ancient oaks and towering beeches. View Full Details>>|
|Builth Wells to Rhayader||17 miles (28 km)||Travel through Powys along National Cycle route 8 on this picturesque ride from Builth Wells to Rhayader. |
The route follows the lovely River Wye on quiet roads and traffic free paths, passing through the villages of Llanwrthwl and Newbridge on Wye. View Full Details>>
|Bute Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland in this beautiful park in Cardiff. The park consists of an arboretum, flower gardens, grassland, woodland and tree-lined avenues. The River Taff also runs through the park so there is a lovely waterside walking and cycling section to enjoy.|
The Taff Trail runs past the park so you could continue your cycle or walk along this excellent route. View Full Details>>
|Canaston Woods||5 miles (8 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle around these pretty woodlands in Pembrokeshire. There's 420 acres to explore with a good mountain bike track running through the centre of the woods. It's a fairly easy path so it's suitable for families. There are also numerous footpaths to follow through the ancient mixed woodland.|
The route begins near Canaston Bridge next to Blackpool Mill. There is a lay-by immediately south of Canaston Bridge where you can park. You then pick up the Knight's Way into the forest and follow various waymarked paths around the heart of the woods.
If you would like to continue your outing then you could head to the nearby Picton Castle Gardens and Slebech Park where you will find more excellent walking trails. View Full Details>>
|Cardiff to Bridgend||32 miles (52 km)||This lovely largely off road ride follows National Cycle routes 8, 4 and the Taff Trail from Cardiff to Bridgend. |
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. There are also views of the attractive riverside Bute park and the Weir on the Taff near Maindy as you leave the centre of Cardiff. You soon come to Radyr and then onto Castle Coch (the red castle) before passing through the village of Nantgarw. The ride continues along the river through Glyntaff and on to Pontypridd where you cross the River Taff.
From Pontypridd you continue on road to Tonyrefail before joining an off road section along the River Ogmore which takes you to Blackmill, and then onto Bridgend. View Full Details>>
|Cardiff to Caerphilly||12 miles (20 km)||This is a lovely ride that follows National Cycle route 8 and the Taff Trail from Cardiff to Caerphilly. View Full Details>>|
|Cardiff to Newport||28 miles (45 km)||This is a lovely ride that follows National Cycle routes 8 and 47 between these two major Welsh cities. View Full Details>>|
|Cardiff to Pontypridd||16 miles (25 km)||This lovely largely off road ride follows National Cycle route 8 and the Taff Trail from Cardiff to
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. There are also views of the attractive riverside Bute park and the Weir on the Taff near Maindy as you leave the centre of Cardiff. You soon come to Radyr and then onto Castle Coch (the red castle) before passing through the village of Nantgarw. The ride continues along the river through Glyntaff and on to Pontypridd where you finish near the train station. View Full Details>>
|Cardigan to Lampeter||40 miles (65 km)||This ride follows National Cycle route 82 from Cardigan to Lampeter. You start in Cardigan and follow the River Teifi to Cilgerran where you can visit National Trust owned Cilgerran Castle which overlooks the spectacular Teifi gorge. The route continues along the Teifi to Cenarth, where you will find the beautiful Cenarth falls, and then on to Newcastle Emlyn with its 13th century Norman castle. More country roads along the Teifi take you onto Llandysul and Llanybydder before the final stretch into Lampeter. View Full Details>>|
|Carmarthen to Fishguard||47 miles (75 km)||Follow National Cycle route 47 on this challenging route through some beautiful countryside and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park The ride starts with a pleasant run along the River Towy in Carmarthen before heading through rural Carmarthenshire and into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Here you'll pass some stunning scenery including the Presili Hills (below) and enjoy a lovely stretch along the river Gwaun taking you into coastal Fishguard where you finish by the docks. View Full Details>>|
|Carmarthen to Llanelli||29 miles (46 km)||This challenging the ride takes you along National Cycle route 47 through the beautiful Welsh Valleys. |
Much of this ride is traffic free with highlights including a lovely stretch along the River Towy at the start and the delightful National Botanic Gardens of Wales. View Full Details>>
|Carmarthen to Tenby||34 miles (55 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 on this attractive ride through Carmarthenshire and along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.|
The ride starts with an attractive on road stretch to Laugharne via St Clears. Here you can enjoy views of the impressive Laugharne Castle and the River Taff Estuary. The ride then continues on more country roads to Amroth where you join the Pembrokeshire coast path. This lovely section takes you through Amroth and Saundersfoot to Tenby with several traffic free sections and wonderful coastal views to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Castle Coch||3 miles (5 km)||Visit this 19th-century Gothic Revival in Tongwynlais and enjoy a walk or cycle in the adjacent Fforest Fawr. |
The route starts in Tongwynlais taking you around the castle and then into the peaceful woodland of Fforest Fawr.
The castle is located next to the Taff Trail so you could extend your cycle/walk by heading along the River Taff. View Full Details>>
|Chepstow to Abergavenny||30 miles (48 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 4 and 42 on this challenging ride. The first section of the ride takes you to Usk on quiet roads and through some lovely wooded areas. You then follow the River Usk towards Abergavenny on more country roads.|
There are a few challenging climbs on this route but with the reward of some beautiful scenery. View Full Details>>
|Chester to Llandudno||50 miles (80 km)||This super cycle ride takes you from England into Wales along National Cycle Route 5. The route runs for about 50 miles with long coastal runs and traffic free sections.|
The ride starts in Chester and begins with a nice waterside run along the Shropshire Union Canal to Abbot Meads. Here you pick up the trackbed of an old disused railway to take you west through Blacon. The traffic free path takes you all the way to Connah's Quay with views of the River Dee.
The next section follows quiet roads to Bagillt, where you leave the river to head inland to Holywell Common and Brynford. You continue west to Whitford and Gronant where you pick up the coastal trail. There's a nice traffic free path to follow through Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay before passing Little Orme and finishing in Llandudno. View Full Details>>
|Chester to Rhyl||34 miles (55 km)||Travel from England to Wales along National Cycle route 5 on this attractive and fairly flat ride. |
You start off in Chester with a lovely long traffic free section which takes you along the Shropshire Union Canal to Blacon where you join a dismantled railway line taking you to Connah's Quay on the River Dee. You then follow the river to Bagilt where you'll pass Flint Castle and the Dee Estuary, before heading through the North Wales countryside to Gronant on the coast. The ride finishes with a lovely traffic free section along the coast passing through Prestatyn and finishing at Rhyl on the seafront.
The ride is easily accessible with train stations at either end of the route. View Full Details>>
|Chirk Castle||2 miles (4 km)||Explore the gardens an wider estate surrounding this 13th century castle in Wrexham. View Full Details>>|
|Claerwen Reservoir||11 miles (18 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk along this large reservoir in the Cambrian Mountains. There is a good track running along the northern shore of the lake which makes for a nice traffic free cycle or walk. It runs for about 6 miles starting at the Claerwen Dam car park. There are lovely views across the water to the surrounding hills and countryside. |
If you would like to extend your exercise in the area then you could visit the other reservoirs in the Elan Valley by heading south along the River Claerwen to Caban Coch Reservoir where you can pick up the cycling and walking trails. You could also try the Teifi Pools Walk which starts from the nearby Strata Florida Abbey near Pontrhydfendigaid. View Full Details>>
|Clyne Valley Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Explore 700 acres of wooded hillsides, steep gorges, meadows and wet valley floor in this country park in Swansea. The park is great for walking and cycling with the trackbed of the old London Midland Scottish Railway forming the park's main footpath and cycleway. There are a number of water features in the park with the Clyne River, streams, old footbridges and a number of lakes and ponds to enjoy. Look out for birdlife that includes wagtails, wrens, nuthatches, robins and woodpeckers.|
If you would like to continue your walk/cycle you can follow the traffic free Swansea bike path along the coast into Swansea, or north to Gowerton. The nearby Singleton Park with its beautiful botanical gardens is also well worth visiting. View Full Details>>
|Coed Y Brenin Forest Park||5 miles (8 km)||This large forest in Snowdonia is fantastic for both cycling and walking. For walkers there are 4 well devised, all ability trails taking place on wide well maintained paths. The trails take you along the Afon Eden on a sculpture lined riverside path and along a disused tramway to the old Copper processing mill. If you're looking for more strenuous walking then you can pick up one of the 3 difficult routes. The waterfall trail takes you to the confluence of the Afon Gain and Mawddach with their twin waterfalls. The mountain trail climbs to the Mynydd Penrhos ridge with spectacular views of the surrounding area.|
Cyclists can follow a National Cycle Network trail which runs through the park. There are also a number of graded mountain bike trails. Depending on your ability and experience you can follow the blue moderate trail for a good introduction to singletrack mountain biking. The red trails are more difficult while the black (severe) trails are for the experienced mountain biker. There are 7 trails in all plus an easy forest road trail that follows the Mawddach river valley. This one is good for families looking for a more relaxing ride!
The circular route below starts near the visitor centre and takes you along the National Cycle Network trail and a riverside track. It's suitable for both walkers and cyclists. View Full Details>>
|Copper Trail Anglesey||33 miles (53 km)||This splendid circular cycle route takes you on a tour of the wonderful Isle of Anglesey in Wales. The route follows National Cycle Network route 566 on a series of quiet country lanes.|
The route starts at Llynnon Mill, near Llanddeusant and heads to Llanerchymedd. You continue to Penysarn where you pass the disused copper mines of Parys Mountain after which the route takes its name. The mines are an extraordinary sight, rich with various ores and minerals and well worth a short detour.
You continue to Llaneilian and then on to the town of Amlwch Port before heading to Llanfechell. The route then heads to the coast and the delightful ,Cemlyn Bay Nature Reserve where you can look out for a variety of coastal birds.
The route continues around Mynydd Y Garn with great views of Holyhead Bay. The final section runs south through Llanrhyddlad to the finish point at Llanddeusant.
It's a fantastic ride with lots of interesting villages, coastal views and some challenging climbs. View Full Details>>
|Cwmcarn Forest||6 miles (10 km)||This large country park has miles of fantastic walking and cycling trails to explore. There are 2 fabulous singletrack mountain bike trails with testing climbs, swooping descents and demanding technical sections. There are 6 walks of varying lengths and difficulty - more information can be found from the visitor centre.|
The route below starts at the visitor centre and follows a series of peaceful woodland trails through the park. View Full Details>>
|Dare Valley Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a cycle or walk around this large country park in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are 500 acres of woodlands, pasture and moorland mountainside to explore on a number of different waymarked trails. There's some climbing involved but you are rewarded with some truly fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and mountains.|
The Coed Morgannwg Way runs past the park so you could follow this trail if you'd like to continue your walk. View Full Details>>
|Elan Valley Reservoirs||11 miles (17 km)||This waterside cycling and walking route takes you through the beautiful Elan Valley in Powys. View Full Details>>|
|Epynt Way||40 miles (64 km)||A circular cycling and walking route on lanes and bridleways within the boundary of the MOD's busy Sennybridge Army Training Area. View Full Details>>|
|Erddig Hall and Country Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||Explore the 1,200-acre country park surrounding the 18th century Erddig Hall in Wrexham. You can enjoy a riverside stroll along the River Clywedog, visit the 13.5-acre walled garden with fruit trees and water features before exploring the huge parkland, rolling farmland and woodland areas. Cyclists can also enjoy the park with a particularly lovely trail running along the river.|
You can also tour the impressive Erddig Hall with its grand rooms, furniture and gallery. There are a number of interesting outbuildings with stables, a smithy, a joiners' shop and a sawmill too. View Full Details>>
|Fforest Fawr||2 miles (4 km)||This large area of woodland has some lovely waymarked footpaths including the delightful Fforest Fawr sculpture trail. It's a lovely, peaceful area with well laid out paths, pretty streams, old mining caves and lots of woodland wildlife to look out for. In the spring months you can also see carpets of bluebells, wood anemone and wild garlic flowers.|
You can pick up the trails from the Castle Coch car park in Tongwynlais. There are several waymarked trails including the sculpture trail with a number of beautifully carved wooden pieces including a dragon, a wizard and other mythical creatures. After your walk you can enjoy refreshments at the tea room.
The Taff Trail cycling and walking trail also passes through the forest so mountain bikers can pick up the trails too.
To extend your walking in the area you can head a mile to the west and climb Garth Hill. From the summit you can enjoy fantastic views of Cardiff, the Bristol Channel and the Taff Valley.
Also round here you can pick up the long distance Taff Ely Ridgeway Walk and visit the beautiful Ely Valley and Taff Vale. View Full Details>>
|Fishguard to Cardigan||25 miles (40 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 47 and 82 from Fishguard to Cardigan through the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.|
You start in Fishguard and follow the River Gwaun and country roads to Newport, passing the Mynydd Carningli mountain and some stunning scenery as you go. The route continues to Nevern where you cross the River Nevern and then head north to St Dogmaels via the fascinating Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort. At St Dogmaels you join the River Teifi following it to the finish point at Cardigan. View Full Details>>
|Forest Farm Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||This lovely country park and nature reserve in Cardiff is a great place for a peaceful cycle or walk. There are 150 acres to explore with a section of the Taff Trail running through the park alongside the River Taff. The Cardiff Merthyr canal also runs through the site - look out for Kingfishers and Herons on the water. There is also a peaceful woodland section. View Full Details>>|
|Glyncorrwg Ponds||3 miles (5 km)||Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this country park set within the Afan Forest. The Glyncorrwg Ponds are a series of small, beatiful lakes set along a narrow valley. You can follow a number of way-marked walks which run past the ponds, along the River Corrwg and through the surrounding hills and woodland. The walks are of varying difficulty with some gentle waterside strolls and more strenuous hill climbing. With the latter you are rewarded with fabulous views of the Afan Valley, the Gower Peninsular, the Brecon Beacons and Somerset. |
Cyclists will find a world class centre for mountain bikers. There is a technical singletrack route to challenge you plus miles of comfortable family cycling trails.
The circular route below takes you past the ponds and along the River Corrwg before returning to the start point through peaceful woodland trails. You can find more details about all the different walks and cycle rides at the visitor centre. If you would like to extend your outing you could head deeper into the fabulous Afan Forest Park Country Park where you will find more mountain bike tracks and walking trails. View Full Details>>
|Gwydyr Forest||7 miles (11.2 km)||This large area of woodland encircles the popular village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. There's miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails with lots of pretty streams, rivers, waterfalls, hills and lakes to see.|
This long circular route takes you around the area immediately surrounding Betws-y-Coed, following a series of trails to Llyn Elsi, Rhiwddolion, Pentre Du, the Miners Bridge over the River Llugwy and the Clogwyn Cyrau Nature Reserve to the north of the village.
The forest stretches for miles so there's huge scope for extending your exercise. Just off this route there is the option of visiting Swallow Falls and Fairy Glen. There's lovely waterside walking here with lots of pretty waterfalls to see.
If you head to the northern end of the forest there's several beautiful reservoirs to visit including Llyn Cowlyd, Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd. These reservoirs have some lovely circular walking trails with wonderful views of the Carneddau mountains.
Near Llyn Geirionydd there's also the delightful Fairy Falls in the village of Trefriw. View Full Details>>
|Hafren Forest||4 miles (6 km)||This large woodland area near Llanidloes has miles of walking paths and mountain bike trails to try. In the forest you will find the source of the River Severn, pretty waterfalls and a wide variety of wildlife. Look out for ospreys, buzzards, goshawks and red kites on your way through the woods.|
You can start your exercise from the Hafren Forest car park. Here you'll find an information point, toilets and a picnic area. It's located near the centre of the forest and gives direct access to the trails.
The long distance Severn Way passes through the forest so you can pick this up to extend your walk. If you head north west along the path through the woods you will come to the start of the trail at the Source of the River Severn on the slopes of Plynlimon. If you follow the trail south east it will take you into Llanidloes.
You could also head east and visit the nearby Llyn Clywedog. The large lake has nice cycling and walking trails including the long distance Glyndwr's Way which runs along the western side of the water. The lake can be found on the eastern fringe of the forest. View Full Details>>
|Haverfordwest to Fishguard||40 miles (65 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 through the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.|
The ride starts in Haverfordwest and heads west to the coastal Broad Haven on a mixture of quiet roads and off road tracks. You then head north along the coast through Druidston Haven and Nolton Haven to the village of Newgale. This stretch has some really stunning coastal scenery to enjoy.
The ride then heads to St Davids on quiet roads before a long coastal stretch takes you through Trefin and Abercastle to Fishguard. View Full Details>>
|Haverfordwest to St Davids||22 miles (36 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 through the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.|
The ride starts in Haverfordwest and heads west to the coastal Broad Haven on a mixture of quiet roads and off road tracks. View Full Details>>
|Hay-on-Wye to Builth-Wells||22 miles (35 km)||This lovely waterside ride follows the River Wye and National Cycle routes 42 and 8 through Powys, with wonderful views of the Black Mountains.|
You start in Hay-on-Wye following National Cycle route 42 towards Tregoyd where you join National Cycle route 8 to Glasbury. There are then splendid views of the beautiful Wye river as you follow it north through Erwood to Builth Wells. Most of the route is on road, though there is a pleasant traffic free section along the Wye at the end of the route, taking you over the Wye bridge and into Builth Wells. View Full Details>>
|Holyhead to Caernarfon||39 miles (62 km)||Follow National Cycle route 8 through Anglesey and over the Menai bridge into Wales.|
You start in Holyhead passing through Penrhos Coastal Park and the village of Valley before heading through Anglesey to the Menai Bridge on quiet country roads. Here you cross the beautiful Menai Strait into mainland Wales. The route then heads south along the Menai Strait, passing through the pretty village of Y Felinheli, before joining the traffic free Lon Las Menai cycle route which takes you into Caernarfon. View Full Details>>
|Kerry Ridgeway||15 miles (24 km)||This is an exceptionally beautiful walk or cycle through Powys and then into Shropshire.|
The route runs along a ridge top overlooking Wales on the one side and England on the other with spectacular views for the duration of the ride. It runs for about 15 miles with a gradual descent when going from west to east.
You start at Cider House Farm near Kerry and head east to Bishop's Castle passing through Ceri Forest on the way. You will pass through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry rich heaths with fabulous views of the Welsh and Shropshire Hills. View Full Details>>
|Lake Vyrnwy||11 miles (18 km)||Follow the lakeside cycle lanes around this lovely reservoir on this circular ride in Powys. The country lanes around the water are flat and well maintained so this is a farily easy waterside ride. It's a lovely area with the lake surrounded by hills and attractive woodland. You can hire bikes at Llandwddyn at the southern end of the water.|
This route starts from the visitor centre near the village of Llanwddyn and the impressive Vyrnwy Dam. You then follow the B4393 around the water for about 12 miles.
The whole of this route is probably more suitable for cyclists but walkers can enjoy the reserve too. There's nice paths at the southern end of the water near the visitor centre, including a sculpture trail. There's also woodland trails on both the western and eastern side of the lake. At the northern end of the lake you will find the beautiful Rhiwargor Waterfall. There's a nice track running along the Afon Eiddew to the spectacular waterfall. At the southern end you can pick up the Glyndwr's Way long distance footpath. The waymarked trail can be used to explore the nearby Dyfnant Forest. View Full Details>>
|Lampeter to Aberystwyth||31 miles (50 km)||This lovely ride follows National Cycle route 82 and the beautiful Ystwyth trail from Lampeter to the coastal Aberystwyth. View Full Details>>|
|Llanberis Pass||3 miles (5 km)||This challenging climb in the Snowdonia National Park passes between the mountain ranges of the Glyderau and the Snowdon massif. The ride starts from the car park at Nant Peris and follows the A4086 to Pen-y-Pass. It's about a 3 mile ride (6 miles return journey) with stunning views and a high point of about 1180ft (359 metres). At Pen-y-Pass you can enjoy refreshment at the cafe before turning round and descending back to Nant Peris.|
You can follow the route by using the google street view link below. It'll give you a good idea of the climbing involved and the scenery you can enjoy on the route. View Full Details>>
|Llandegla Forest||7 miles (12 km)||This large forest near Wrexham is a fantastic place for walking and cycling. There are 50km of graded, waymarked mountain bike trails. The trails range from nice easy family trails to more exhilarating downhill tracks. The Green Route is a leisurely ride around the pretty Pendinas Reservoir with views of the Clwydian Range. At the other end of the scale is the challenging Black Route with steep descents, large steps, gaps and drop-offs. The Blue route is a good one to try for people new to mountain bikers while the Red Route is for Intermediate riders.|
Walkers are also well catered for with a series of waymarked walks. Easy trail include one around the reservoir with views of Moel Famau. There's also a nice trail across the Ruabon moors where you can look out for the Black Grouse from the bird hides.
The forest has an excellent visitor centre with bike hire and a cafe.
The Offa's Dyke Path runs through the forest so you could pick this up to extend your exercise. If you follow the trail south for a couple of miles you will come to the lovely wooded gorge at World's End. View Full Details>>
|Llanelli to Carmarthen||27 miles (43 km)||This ride follows National Cycle Route 4 and the splendid Millennium Coastal Path from Llanelli to Carmarthen.|
You start by heading west towards Burry Port along the Llanelli sea front on the off road Millennium Coastal path. The route then heads through Pembrey Country Park and Pembrey Forest on more traffic free paths before reaching the town of Kidwelly with its striking castle. From here you join a long on road section which takes you along the River Towy to Carmarthen.
This is an attractive route with spectacular views of the Gower Peninsula and several traffic free sections to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Llangollen Canal||49 miles (79 km)||Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Llangollen Canal. The canal runs from Llangollen in Wales to Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich in Cheshire. You can walk along the canal towpath from start to finish, while cyclists can enjoy the section from Llangollen to Chirk using National Cycle Network routes 85 and 84. This first section starts at the wonderful Horseshoe Falls just to the west of Llangollen. You then head through Llangollen to the wonderful Pontcysyllte Aqueduct where the canal is carried over the valley of the River Dee. The magnificent structure is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and a World Heritage Site. There are wonderful views of the Dee valley and up to the medieval Castell Dinas Bran from this major highlight on the route. You can explore the Aqueduct by clicking on the google street view link below.|
You continue to Chirk where you will pass the National Trust owned Chirk Castle. The castle has award-winning gardens and a 460 acre estate to explore so is well worth the small detour from the canal.
The next section runs to Ellesmere passing Hindford and the pretty Frankton Locks on the way. At Frankton Junction you can pick up the Montgomery Canal which runs to Newton. When you reach Ellesmere you will pass close to the lovely Ellesmere Lake where you can enjoy lakeside and woodland walks.
You continue east to Whitchurch passing the delightful Colmere Country Park, the Ellesmere Canal and Bettisfield on the way. View Full Details>>
|Llwybr Ceiriog Trail||23 miles (37 km)||A circular walk or cycle through the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. The trail visits the pretty villages of Bronygarth and Pandy and contains some challenging climbs. The views of the River Ceiriog and the hills of the Ceiriog Valley are a stunning reward for your efforts though.|
The route is well waymarked with a black and white disc. View Full Details>>
|Llyn Brianne||14 miles (22 km)||Enjoy a walk or cycle along this beautiful reservoir in central Wales. The reservoir sits at the head of the River Towy with a dam 299 feet high and 951 feet long. There's a lovely country lane running along the eastern side of the water. It climbs high above the reservoir with wonderful views over the water to the surrounding countryside and hills. The lane is ideal for a quiet cycle ride in beautiful surroundings. |
The route starts from the car park at the southern end of the water and follows the track through the Tywi Forest before finishing at the bridge at the northern end of the reservoir. Look out for red squirrels as you pass through the forest. You can view the scenery and follow the route using the google street view link below.
To extend your walking in the area you could head to the Gwenffrwd-dinas RSPB Nature Reserve which is just to the south of the reservoir. Here you can enjoy great views of the River Towy and look out for red kites and a variety of butterflies.
Just to the north west of the lake you will find Soar y mynydd a Calvinist Methodist Church sitting in the valley of the river Camddwr in the Cambrian Mountains. It's claim to fame is that it is the remotest chapel in all Wales.
To the north east of the lake you will find the village of Abergwesyn, Vicarage Meadows and the pretty Nant Irfon National Nature Reserve. There's some nice woodland trails here with lots of bluebells in the spring. View Full Details>>
|Llyn Clywedog||4 miles (7 km)||The scenery surrounding this large reservoir near Llanidloes is truly wonderful. This walk takes you along the western side of the reservoir along the Glyndwr's Way long distance footpath. You start at the car park at south western end of the water with views of the Afon Clywedog. You then head past the spectacular dam which is the tallest concrete dam in the UK, with a height of 72 metres and a length of 230 metres. The walk continues to the north western edge of the reservoir with a mixture of lakeside sections and woodland trails. It's a splendid area for bird watching too. Look out for ospreys, red kites, buzzards and ravens on your walk. |
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the second half of the route where there is a splendid trail along the lakeside. For the first half you can follow country lanes to the west of the lake.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area you could continue along the Glyndwr's Way or the Sabrina Way into the adjacent Hafren Forest. View Full Details>>
|Llyn Cwm Bychan||1 miles (2 km)||Enjoy a short walk or cycle along this pretty lake in the Rhinogs. The lake is one of the sources of the River Artro which flows south westwards through Llanbedr and onwards to the sea. |
There is a car park at the eastern end of the lake where you can pick up the lakeside trail. It's a good surfaced track, ideal for an easy walk or cycle. The lake is surrounded by hills, rocky outscrops and interesting flora and fauna.
If you would like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Rhinog Fawr for great views over Snowdonia. View Full Details>>
|Llyn Llech Owain||2 miles (2.5 km)||Enjoy waterside paths and woodland trails in this 158-acre country park in Carmarthenshire. The well surfaced paths take you alongside the large lake and then into the surrounding woodland. The park is also open to cyclists with an easy forest track and a more challenging mountain bike trail to try. View Full Details>>|
|Llys y Fran Reservoir Country Park||6 miles (9 km)||This 350 acre country park contains a beautiful 212 acre reservoir with a waterside cycling and walking path. The park includes grassland and woodland with cycle hire available in the park. As well as the 6.5 mile reservoir perimeter track, there is also a 1.5 mile trail suitable for families.|
In 2020 the site has been extensivley redeveloped with a new visitor centre refurbishment, new outdoor activity centre and waterside cabin, bike pump skills area and new cycle tracks offering over 14km of trails to explore. Check the link below for opening times. View Full Details>>
|Lon Eifion||11 miles (18 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail runs along a disused railway path from Caernarfon to Bryncir on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It's a good surfaced traffic free path making it ideal for a safe family cycle or a leisurely walk. There are lovely views of the surrounding Welsh Countryside and mountains such as Yr Eifl (or the Rivals) and Snowdon. The route runs alongside the Welsh Highland Railway so you should also see some wonderful steam trains as you go.|
The route starts at Caernarfon at the impressive Caernarfon Castle, and heads south through the town, crossing the River Seiont on the way. You continue to Llanwnda and Groeslon where you pass the lovely Glynllifon Country Park. It's well worth taking a short detour from the path and visiting the park with its woodland, gardens, parkland and river. There is also a cafe, a maze and exhibits such as steam power pistons restored by Fred Dibnah.
The route continues through Penygroes before the final stretch takes you to the finish point at the little village of Bryncir. View Full Details>>
|Ludlow to Shrewsbury||51 miles (82 km)||This challenging ride takes you through the Shropshire countryside and along the Welsh - English border with splendid views of the Shropshire Hills AONB for most of the ride. |
The route starts at Ludlow train station and follows National Cycle route 44 and the River Onny into the countryside passing Ludlow Racecourse on the way. You then continue on road to Bishop's castle and Church Stoke on the Welsh border before passing through the lovely village of Pontesbury. The ride finishes with a pleasant stretch along the River Severn in Shrewsbury before finishing at the train station. View Full Details>>
|Machynlleth to Llanidloes||25 miles (40 km)||Follow National Cycle route 8 from Machynlleth to Llanidloes and enjoy some splendid scenery.|
You start off with a lovely run along the River Dulas and some beautiful mountainous scenery around Dylife and Aberhosan. The ride then passes the stunning Clywedog Reservoir as you head into Hafren Forest for a pleasant wooded section. The final stretch takes you along the River Severn into Llanidloes. View Full Details>>
|Margam Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||This large country park includes the magnificent Margam Castle, an 18th Century Orangery with ornamental gardens and a Deer Park, all set within 1000 acres of beautiful countryside. |
The park is excellent for cycling with miles of tarmac roads and rough tracks. A section of the National Cycle Network known as the Celtic Trail Route 4 runs through the northern end of the park. The only place that you are not allowed to cycle is the Orangery Gardens.
There is also a splendid, 5 mile mountain Bike Trail. It is waymarked with yellow markers and takes place on tracks, paths and rough ground. The Margam Activity Centre offers guided rides for families.
Margam is also great for walking with several different colour coded waymarked trails taking you to the different sections of the park. View Full Details>>
|Mawddach Trail||9 miles (14 km)||This splendid cycling and walking trail takes you along the old Ruabon to Barmouth railway line on excellent paths. The route runs for about 9 miles from the coastal town of Barmouth to Dolgellau, through the Snowdonia National Park. You start by crossing the Barmouth Bridge over the lovely River Mawddach estuary on the coast of Cardigan Bay. The route then runs right alongside the estuary to Penmaenpool Bridge where you can stop for some riverside refreshments. The final stretch continues along the river to the historic town of Dolgellau. It's a beautiful trail with lots of bird watching opportunities around the estuary. The nearby Cadair Idris makes for a wonderful backdrop for the whole of the route. It's also a very flat trail so it's perfect for people of all abilities.|
Highlights on the route include the little village of Arthog where you could take a small detour to visit the Arthog Waterfalls. The series of pretty falls run along a stream to the south east of the trail, just before you cross the estuary into Barmouth.
To extend your walking in the Barmouth area try the Panorama Walk. View Full Details>>
|Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon||25 miles (40 km)||This spectacular ride follows National Cycle route 8 through the Brecon Beacons National Park. The scenery is truly stunning as you follow a series of traffic free paths and the Taff trail through this beautiful region.
The ride includes a lovely stretch along the River Taff at the start before following the trail around the striking Pontsticill Reservoir, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs. The final run along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal takes you into Brecon. View Full Details>>
|Millennium Coastal Park Llanelli||14 miles (22 km)||This fabulous country park in Carmarthenshire has miles of coastal cycling and walking paths to enjoy. You can follow National Cycle Route 4 along a super traffic free path which passes along the beautiful Loughor estuary and the Gower peninsula. The route takes you past Llanelli beach and Tywyn beach to Burry Port where you will find a pretty harbour, beach and the newest marina in Wales. You then head back east passing Sandy Water Park and Machynys beach before coming to the National Wetlands Centre where you can look out for a variety of birdlife. Look out for flocks of dunlin, ringed plover, sanderling and redshank along the coast whilst shelduck, oystercatcher and curlew can be seen further out on the mudflats. |
Other highlights in the park include the excellent Discovery Centre where you will find a wealth of information about the area in a fabulous modern building.
If you would like to continue your outing you could head west along the coast to the fabulous Pembrey Country Park where you will find more lovely coastal scenery, woodland wildlife trails and bike hire from the Ski Pembrey centre. View Full Details>>
|Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal||37 miles (60 km)||Follow the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Brecon to Newport on this super waterside walking and cycling route. Walkers can enjoy the whole route along canal towpaths while cyclists can follow National Cycle Network routes 4, 47 and 49 from Newport to Pontypool. The cycle path is wide and well surfaced so it's a lovely, safe ride. The cycle section runs for about 12 miles. |
The whole route runs from Brecon to Newport passing through the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The first section runs from Brecon to Talybont-On-Usk via Pencelli. It's a 6.5 mile walk with views of the River Usk and the pretty Brynich Lock.
The canal continues to the delightful Llangynidr locks and then on to Crickhowell and Abergavenny. There's an opportunity here to visit Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens with a small detour from the canal.
The next section runs from Abergavenny to Pontypool, passing the noteworthy Goytre Wharf, with its historic limekilns, boat hire, informative heritage centre and on site cafe.
The final section runs from Pontypool to Newport via Cwmbran. This section is open to cyclists. On the way you'll pass the noteworthy Fourteen Locks. The impressive flight of locks date from the 18th century and includes an excellent visitor centre with a wealth of information about the area. The route finishes shortly after in Newport near the castle. View Full Details>>
|Montgomery Canal||35 miles (56 km)||Enjoy easy waterside cycling and walking along the Montgomery Canal through Powys and Shropshire. The whole of the route can be walked while cyclists can enjoy the section from Newtown to Welshpool along National Cycle Network route 81. It's a great ride and suitable for families and people of all abilities. |
Starting in Newtown you follow the River Severn towards Llanllwchaiarn and the start of the canal. You then follow the towpath north passing the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve and a series of pretty villages including Abermule and Berriew where the canal is carried over the River Rhiw aqueduct. The route continues to Welshpool passing Powis Castle and the Llyn Coed y Dinas Nature Reserve. It's a super section of the canal with wildlife such as otters and water voles to look out for.
From Welshpool you continue north to Arddleen and Four Crosses where you cross the Vyrnwy Aqueduct. It's a highlight of the route with splendid views of the River Vyrnwy to enjoy.
The route continues through Pant and Maesbury Marsh before finishing at Frankton Locks in Shropshire. Here you can pick up the Llangollen Canal and enjoy more waterside walking. View Full Details>>
|Mynydd Du Forest||8 miles (13 km)||This large area of woodland in the Black Mountains has miles of forest tracks suitable for walking and mountain biking. The waters of the Grwyne Fawr run through the woods so there is the option of a waterside walk to the nearby Grwyne Fawr Reservoir along the river. You can start your exercise from the Mynydd Du car park at the northern end of the woods, a few miles west of the splendid Llanthony Priory. It's situated in a nice spot at the end of a country lane just next to the river. From here you can pick up the forest trails through the western side of the woods before crossing the river at Pont Cadgwan and returning on the eastern side of the river. There's lots of attractive trees and plants and some steep climbs with great views of the surrounding hills. The riverside sections are lovely too with lots of pretty waterfalls to enjoy. View Full Details>>|
|Nant Y Arian||3 miles (4.5 km)||This large forest near Aberystwyth has a series of good mountain bike trails and miles of good footpaths for walkers.|
The forest has a good sized car park and visitor centre just off the A44 between Goginan and Ponterwyd. From here you can pick up the mtb trails heading north into the forest. There's two red grade and two black grade trails of varying lengths. These include technical singletrack descents and long climbs with more details on the open street map link and more information link below.
If you're on foot then there's nice paths around the two ponds located just to the east of the car park. There's also miles of bridleways and footpaths to the north of the car park. Some of the trails are quite challenging with a climb to Mynydd March in the northern section. From the high points there are stunning views to the Welsh Mountains. There's also a number of large ponds which are in really lovely remote spots.
The forest has a number of bird hides and is well known as a great place to watch red kites. There's also a nice cafe where you can refresh yourself after your exercise.
To extend your walking in the area you could head to the nearby Devil's Bridge Falls. The spectacular falls include the imposing Jacob's Ladder stone steps and some wonderful scenery. A few miles north you'll find Nant-y-moch Reservoir where there's a nice waterside trail to try. View Full Details>>
|Neath Canal||3 miles (5 km)||This section of the Neath Canal makes for a lovely waterside cycle or walk. It runs along the National Cycle Network route from the parking area at Craig Nedd, Resolven to Glynneath. You'll pass pretty locks and bridges with views of the River Neath along the way.|
St Illtyd's Walk runs through Resolven so you could pick this up and head to the nearby Melincourt Falls to extend your walk. View Full Details>>
|Newborough Forest||8 miles (13 km)||Explore this fabulous coastal forest in Anglesey on this walking route in Wales. There are miles of cycling and walking trails through the peaceful woodland leading you to the stunning Llanddwyn Bay and Newborough Warren Nature Reserve. This large dune, mudflat, saltmarsh and beach system attracts a large lumber of coastal birds including oystercatchers, lapwings, curlew, skylarks and meadow pipits.|
This circular walk starts from the Newborough Warren car park near to the coast (postcode for sat navs:LL61 6SG). It runs for about 8 miles on a series of good footpaths.
The forest is attached to the wonderful Llanddwyn Island. The island has nice footpaths leading to the ruins of St Dwynwen's Church and the Twr Mawr lighthouse. From the island there are wonderful views of the Menai Strait to Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula.
Most of this route is designed for walkers but there are plenty of cycle tracks in the area to try as well.
The Anglesey Coast Path runs past the site so you could pick this trail up and continue your exercise. Heading east will take you along the Menai Strait to Menai Bridge while heading north will take you along Malltreath Sands to Malltreath. View Full Details>>
|Newport to Abergavenny||28 miles (45 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 47, 49, 492 and 46 from Newport to Abergavenny.|
You start on the river Usk in Newport and follow National Cycle routes 47 and 49 along the river and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal to Cwmbran and then onto Pontypool. Here you join another traffic free section along National Cycle route 492 which takes you towards Brynmawr via Blaenavon, with splendid views of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway. Near Brynmawr you'll join National Cycle route 46, with views of Cwm Clydach gorge and another run along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal taking you to Abergavenny. View Full Details>>
|Newport to Caerphilly||17 miles (28 km)||This ride follows National Cycle routes 47 and 8 from Newport to Caerphilly. View Full Details>>|
|Newport to Chepstow||31 miles (50 km)||Follow National Cycle routes 47 and 4 from Newport to Chepstow on this fairly flat and pleasant route.|
The ride first follows the River Usk to Uskmouth before heading east along the Mouth of the Severn to Caldicot and then onto Chepstow. View Full Details>>
|Newport to Pontypridd||25 miles (40 km)||This ride follows National Cycle routes 47 and 8 from Newport Canal Walk to Pontypridd. Much of this ride is traffic free with spells along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, River Ebbw and the River Taff to enjoy. There are also terrific views of the surrounding countryside as you pass through Risca and Ystrad Mynach as well as the lovely Sirhowy Valley Country Park. The ride finishes with a spell along the River Taff taking you into Pontrypridd. View Full Details>>|
|Newport Wetlands||2 miles (4 km)||This circular walk takes you around the beautiful Gwent Levels near Newport. The reserve covers 1,080 acres of the Caldicot Levels attracting a wide variety of wildlife. These include Cetti's warblers, Bearded Tits, Little Egrets and Little Grebes. View Full Details>>|
|Newtown to Llanidloes||16 miles (25 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 81 on this pleasant route through Powys. The ride starts on the River Severn in Newtown and follows quiet country roads to Llanidloes via Caersws. View Full Details>>|
|Parc Bryn Bach||2 miles (3.5 km)||Enjoy waterside cycling and walking in this lovely country park in Tredegar. In the park you can enjoy a 2.2km scenic lakeside cycle/walking trail, a 2km single woodland cycle track and a National Standard BMX Track. Cycle hire is available within the park. View Full Details>>|
|Parc Cwm Darran||3 miles (5 km)||This cycling and walking route takes you along an abandoned rail track and under a number of historic bridges used to transport coal from nearby collieries dotted around the surrounding countryside. You then head through the delightful Parc Cwm Darran. This country park was built on the site of the former Ogilvie Colliery. It features one of Wales' last remaining Powder Stores and an interactive learning centre which tells the story of the area's great industrial past. In the park you will find peaceful woodland trails, lakeside paths and sunny wildflower meadows in the Cwmllwydrew Meadows Local Nature Reserve. At the end of your exercise you can refresh yourself in the Lakeside Coffee Shop.|
The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk runs past the park so you could pick up this long distance trail if you wanted to extend your walk. View Full Details>>
|Parc Penallta||4 miles (6 km)||Explore three way-marked trails in this country park created on a former colliery site. There's a delightful wetlands area with boardwalks, peaceful woodland trails, pretty lakes and open grassland. You can climb the High Point Observatory for spectacular views across the county and admire the park's sculptures which include the 'Sultan' pit pony - one of the UK’s largest figurative earth sculptures.|
For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 47 runs through the park. You could pick this up and head east to the lovely Sirhowy Valley Country Park on the safe off road track. The Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk also runs through the park so this is a good way of extending your walk.
The park is located close to Ystrad Mynach rail station and not far from Hengoed. View Full Details>>
|Pembrey Country Park||7 miles (12 km)||With stunning views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay this coastal country park is one of the most popular in the UK. It is perfect for a long cycle or walk with numerous well laid trails, National Cycle Network route 4 and St Illtyd's Walk all running through the park and the adjacent Pembrey Forest.|
Highlights include the gorgeous Cefn Sidan beach with 8 miles of golden sand and extensive dunes. There are also 8 Wildlife trails, the beautiful Corsican pine forest and a Conservation pond with bird hides.
The off road cycle trail is perfect for a family cycle ride - you can bring your own bike or hire one from the Ski Pembrey centre. Here you could also hire some skis and try the dry sky slope in the park! It's a top class facility with an Alpine Ski Lodge, Cafe and a floodlit 130m main slope. There's also a fantastic toboggan run, crazy golf and pony trekking on offer.
If you'd like to continue your walk/cycle then you could head further into the adjacent Pembrey Forest - it covers nearly 2500 acres with several lovely woodland trails and interesting wildlife including sparrowhawk and goshawk. You could also follow National Cycle Route 4 along the coast to Llanelli where you will find the splendid Millennium Coastal Park or follow St Illtyd's Walk to the lovely Swiss Valley Reservoirs. View Full Details>>
|Pembroke to Haverfordwest||15 miles (24 km)||This cycle ride follows National Cycle Route 4 between these two Pembrokeshire towns. View Full Details>>|
|Pembroke to St Davids||34 miles (55 km)||This cycle ride follows National Cycle Route 4 between these two Pembrokeshire towns. View Full Details>>|
|Penrhos Coastal Park||2 miles (3.5 km)||This lovely coastal park consists of woodland trails and nice coastal views. The area is a country park and nature reserve with waymarked nature trails and lots of wildlife to look out for. Highlights are the resident red squirrels, badgers and various wildfowl around the two large ponds. You can also enjoy a stroll to Penrhos beach. Here you can enjoy splendid views across the bay and study some interesting rock formations.|
Cyclists can visit the reserve by following National Cycle Route 8 from Holyhead. It's a lovely ride passing Penrhos beach before arriving at the park.
This route starts at the car park at Penrhos beach and follows a cycling and walking trail through the park to Beddmanarch Bay.
The Anglesey Coast Path runs through the park so you can pick this up to extend your walk. If you follow it along the coast you will come to Breakwater Country Park where you can climb Holyhead Mountain for wonderful views over Anglesey, the Isle of Man, the Skerries and the mountains of Ireland. View Full Details>>
|Pontypridd to Merthyr Tydfil||14 miles (23 km)||Follow the Taff Trail and National Cycle route 8 on this short pleasant route. The route mainly follows the trackbed of a disused railway line along the River Taff, making for a fairly easy traffic free ride. It's also very accessible with several train stations running along the course of the route. View Full Details>>|
|Porthkerry Country Park||4 miles (6.5 km)||Explore 220 acres of woodland, meadows and coast in this super country park near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. View Full Details>>|
|Porthmadog to Barmouth||24 miles (38 km)||Follow National Cycle route 8 on this lovely coastal ride that passes through the breathtaking Snowdonia National Park. View Full Details>>|
|Radnor Forest Ride||62 miles (100 km)||A long distance shared walking and cycle path that runs from Llanfair Waterdine on the English-Welsh border to the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre. It will take you through the expansive area of the Radnor Forest located to the north of the Black Mountains and to the east of the Cambrian Mountains. The forest is noted for its photogenic geology and a wide variety of interesting flora and fauna.|
The path follows a series of bridleways and minor country roads through some wonderful scenery including the beautiful Wye Valley and the spectacular Brecon Beacons. View Full Details>>
|Rhyl to Llandudno||17 miles (27 km)||Follow National Cycle route 5 along the beautiful North Wales coast on this nice easy ride.|
The route is almost entirely traffic free following the North Wales path along the coast. You will pass through the seaside towns of Abergele, Rhos on Sea and Colwyn Bay on the way with some delightful views to enjoy at them all.
The ride is easily accessible with train stations at either end of the route. View Full Details>>
|Shrewsbury to Welshpool||28 miles (45 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 81 on this challenging route which takes you from Shropshire and over the border into Wales. The route starts near the train station in Shrewsbury and begins with a short pleasant stretch along the River Severn passing through The Quarry park and crossing Porthill Bridge. You then follow National Cycle route 81 to Montford Bridge where you'll cross the river again, continuing along the Severn Way to Breidden Forest and Breidden Hill. Shortly after you cross the border into Wales, finishing in Welshpool town centre. View Full Details>>|
|Sirhowy Valley Country Park||2 miles (4 km)||Explore 1000 acres of woodland and meadows in this beautiful country park in Risca. You can follow the waterside path along the Sirhowy River and climb to Graig Goch Woods for wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. |
For cyclists National Cycle Network Route 47 runs through the park. You could pick this up and head west to Parc Penallta. If you're on foot you could extend your walk along the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk or the Sirhowy Valley Ridgeway Walk which run past the park. View Full Details>>
|Swansea Canal||4 miles (5.7 km)||Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe. The route runs from Clydach to Pontardawe along route number 43 of the National Cycle Network. The route uses the canal towpath and a riverside trail, passing locks and bridges on the way. Look out for a variety of wildlife including otters, kingfishers, dippers, ducks, moths, butterflies and beetles.|
To extend the walk head into the lovely Cwm Clydach National Nature Reserve in Clydach. There's some lovely riverside trails through a beautiful gorge here. View Full Details>>
|Swansea to Bridgend||30 miles (48 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 on this lovely ride which has splendid views of the South Wales coast and a fantastic stretch through Margam Country Park. View Full Details>>|
|Swansea to Carmarthen||43 miles (70 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 from Swansea to Carmathen with wonderful coastal views of the beautiful Gower Peninsula and several long traffic free sections to enjoy.|
You start by the marina in Swansea and head west along the front with super views of Swansea Bay and Mumbles Bay. The ride then heads inland through the wooded Clyne Valley Country Park and on to Gowerton before joining a lovely stretch along the River Loughor which takes you to Llanelli.
From Llanelli you head west towards Burry Port along the Llanelli sea front on the off road Coastal path. The route then heads through Pembrey Country Park and Pembrey Forest on more traffic free paths before reaching the town of Kidwelly with its striking castle. From here you join a long on road section which takes you along the River Towy to Carmarthen. View Full Details>>
|Swansea to Llanelli||19 miles (30 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 from Swansea to Llanelli with wonderful coastal views of the beautiful Gower Peninsula and several long traffic free sections to enjoy.|
You start by the marina in Swansea and head west along the front with super views of Swansea Bay and Mumbles Bay. The ride then heads inland through the wooded Clyne Valley Country Park and on to Gowerton before joining a lovely stretch along the River Loughor which takes you to Llanelli.
Nearly all of this route is traffic free and fairly flat making for a wonderful and rewarding cycle ride. View Full Details>>
|Swansea to Pontypridd||42 miles (68 km)||Travel through the beautiful Rhondda Valley along National Cycle route 47 and enjoy fabulous views of the Brecon Beacons.|
This is a challenging but rewarding ride with several traffic free sections and some spectacular scenery. View Full Details>>
|Swansea to Port Talbot||12 miles (20 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 on this easy ride along the South Wales coast. View Full Details>>|
|Taf Fechan Forest||6 miles (9 km)||Enjoy a series of beautiful waterfalls and delightful woodland trails on this walk in the Brecon Beacons National Park. |
The walk begins at the Taf Fechan Forest car park near the northern end of Pentwyn Reservoir. You then head to Lower and Upper Neuadd Reservoirs on peaceful woodland trails. You'll pass along the Taf Fechan River which is dotted with a number of picturesque waterfalls. The trail then passes along the lovely Lower and Upper Neuadd Reservoirs with the imposing Pen Y Fan making a wonderful backdrop. The route returns to the car park on alternative woodland trails.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but the eastern leg takes place on a super track which is suitable for walkers and cyclists.
The route can be extended by following the Taff Trail to the nearby Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls. View Full Details>>
|Taff Trail||55 miles (88 km)||Follow the River Taff, from Cardiff to Brecon, on this fantastic waterside cycling and walking route.|
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head along the river northwards passing the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle. There are also views of the attractive riverside Bute park and the Weir on the Taff near Maindy as you leave the centre of Cardiff. You soon come to Radyr where you will pass the splendid Forest Farm Country Park and Castle Coch (the red castle) before passing through the village of Nantgarw. The route continues along the river through Glyntaff and on to Pontypridd where you join the trackbed of a disused railway to Merthyr Tydfil. The final section runs from Merthyr to Brecon passing the beautiful Pontsticill, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs. You'll also pass the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls before joining the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal taking you into Brecon. There are splendid views of the Brecon Beacon mountains as you approach Brecon. View Full Details>>
|Talybont Reservoir||6 miles (10 km)||This circular cycling and walking route takes you around the lovely Talybont Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route makes use of National Cycle Route 8 and the Taff Trail to take you around the 318 acres (1.29 km2) reservoir. |
You start off at the northern end of the reservoir, near the dam, where roadside parking is available. You then climb through the woodland area on the eastern side of the water, along the Taff Trail. There are splendid views over the water to the surrounding hills and beautiful waterfalls near Abercynafon at the southern end of the reservoir.
The return leg follows a country lane along the western side of the water and Talybont Forest. View Full Details>>
|Tenby to Pembroke||15 miles (24 km)||Follow National Cycle Route 4 on this pleasant cycle route through Pembrokeshire. View Full Details>>|
|Upper Ceiriog Valley Walk||14 miles (22 km)||This is a circular cycling or walking trail through the countryside around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Wrexham. View Full Details>>|
|Usk Reservoir||5 miles (8 km)||Follow the circular cycling and walking trail around the beautiful Usk Reservoir on this route in the Brecon Beacons National Park. View Full Details>>|
|Welshpool to Newtown||19 miles (30 km)||Travel through Powys along National Cycle Route 81 on this pretty ride. |
You start in Welshpool with a pleasant run along the Shropshire Union Canal before following country roads to the delightful village of Berriew, where there are views of the Montgomeryshire canal and the River Rhiw. More country lanes take you onto Bettws, before joining the River Severn at Aberchan for a lovely traffic free waterside stretch that takes you into Newtown.
This ride is easily accessible with train stations at either end of the route. View Full Details>>