GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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.

Please use the links below to view full route information including descriptions, 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


Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Abergavenny Castle Meadows and Linda Vista Gardens1 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.
Abergavenny to Hay-On-Wye22 miles (36 km)Follow NCN 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.
Abergavenny to Hereford27 miles (43 km)This route follows NCN route 46 from Abergavenny to Hereford
Aberystwyth to Newtown50 miles (80 km)Follow NCN 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.
Aberystwyth to Tregaron21 miles (34 km)This lovely ride follows NCN 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 Nature Reserve with its variety of wildlife. You finish in the pretty village of Tregaron.
Afan Forest Park Country Park11 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.
For a nice easy cycle the Rheilffordd Trail is a great option. It takes you along the River Afan on a disused railway path.
For mountain bikers there are several well laid out trails. The Penhydd Trail is a 22km loop voted as the trail to ride before you die by What Mountain Bike Magazine in 2004. The 46km Skyline Trail has stunning skyline views of the Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and the South Wales coast.
Walkers will find 14 waymarked circular trails taking you along the River Afan, through the peaceful woodland and up to the Ridgetops where there are fabulous views to enjoy.
If you have time you could continue your outing by heading a couple of miles north east to the nearby Glyncorrwg Ponds where you will find lovely waterside walking and cycling trails.
Along the River Dee from Chester to Connah's Quay6 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.
Alwen Trail7 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 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.
Alyn Waters Country Park2 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.
Bala Lake6 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 Llanuwchllynwhere 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.
Bangor to Holyhead37 miles (60 km)Follow NCN 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.
Barmouth to Machynlleth25 miles (40 km)Travel from Barmouth to Machynlleth along NCN 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.
Barmouth to Tywyn31 miles (50 km)Travel from Barmouth to Tywyn along NCN 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.
Beddgelert Forest3 miles (5 km)This large forest in the Snowdonia National Park has 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.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then you could climb Moel Hebog or visit the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass. Both of these walks can be started from Beddgelert.
Brechfa Forest7 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.
Brecon to Hay-on-Wye17 miles (28 km)This ride follows NCN 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.
Bryngarw Country Park2 miles (3.6 km)This 120 acre country park is situated on the River Garw just north of Bridgend. There are lovely woodland trails withmature sweet chestnuts, ancient oaks and towering beeches. Look out for foxes, squirrels and wood peckers as you make your way through this section of the park.
The park also has large areas of grassland with wildflower meadows and space where children can run and play.
The formal gardens include tranquil oriental style garden with rhododendrons, magnolia, azaleas, an ornamental bridge and tea house.
You can also enjoy riverside trails along the Garw where you can look out for otters, dippers and kingfishers. Herons can be seen around the lovely ornamental lake.
Builth Wells to Rhayader17 miles (28 km)Travel through Powys along NCN route 8 on this picturesque ride.
The route follows the lovely River Wye on quiet roads and traffic free paths, passing through the villages of Llanwrthwl and Newbridge on Wye.
Bute Park2 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.
Canaston Woods5 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.
Cardiff to Bridgend32 miles (52 km)This lovely largely off road ride follows NCN 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.
Cardiff to Caerphilly12 miles (20 km)This is a lovely ride that follows NCN route 8 and the Taff trail from Cardiff to Caerphilly.
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 leaving the river and heading east towards Caerphilly along a dismantled railway line and quiet roads. This final stretch has lovely views of Nantgarw before heading into the centre of Caerphilly and finishing at the castle.
Cardiff to Newport28 miles (45 km)This is a lovely ride that follows NCN routes 8 and 47 between these two major Welsh cities.
You start on the River Taff in Cardiff and head north along the Taff trail 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 leaving the river and heading east towards Caerphilly along a dismantled railway line and quiet roads with splendid views of Nantgarw.
After passing through Caerphilly, with its impressive castle, you soon join a pleasant traffic free section along the River Rhymney taking you to Machen. The ride continues through the beautiful Rhymney Valley and the village of Draethen before joining the River Usk and NCN route 47 for the final traffic free waterside section into Newport.
Cardiff to Pontypridd16 miles (25 km)This lovely largely off road ride follows NCN route 8 and the Taff trail from Cardiff to Pontypridd.
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.
Cardigan to Lampeter40 miles (65 km)This ride follows NCN 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.
Carmarthen to Fishguard47 miles (75 km)Follow NCN 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.
Carmarthen to Llanelli29 miles (46 km)This challenging the ride takes you along NCN 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. There are also views of the Swiss Valley Reservoir and a splendid run along the coastal path at Llanelli.
Carmarthen to Tenby34 miles (55 km)Follow NCN 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.
Castle Coch3 miles (5 km)Visit this 19th-centuryGothic Revival in Tongwynlais and enjoy a walk or cycle in the adjacent Fforest Fawr in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
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.
Chepstow to Abergavenny30 miles (48 km)Follow NCN 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.
Chester to Rhyl34 miles (55 km)Travel from England to Wales along NCN 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 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.
Chirk Castle2 miles (4 km)Explore the gardens an wider estate surrounding this 13th century castle in Wrexham. The estate is a mixture of pasture and woodland and covers 460 acres with a number of well maintained footpaths to follow. The award-winning gardens cover 5.5 acres with lawns, herbaceous borders, rose, shrub and rock gardens, and a wooded pleasure ground. From theterrace overlooking the 18th century ha-ha there are stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.
Clyne Valley Country Park2 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 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.
Coed Y Brenin Forest Park5 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.
Copper Trail Anglesey33 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.
Cwmcarn Forest6 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.
Dare Valley Country Park4 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.
Epynt Way40 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. The establishment of the Epynt Way,has gone some way to compensating for the reduction in public access across this attractive area by the MOD. The village of Llangammarch Wells with its railway station makes a good access point for the route.
The route is waymarked with a disc featuring a white horse.
Erddig Hall and Country Park2 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.
Fishguard to Cardigan25 miles (40 km)Follow NCN 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.
Forest Farm Country Park3 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.
Glyncorrwg Ponds3 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.
Haverfordwest to Fishguard40 miles (65 km)Follow NCN 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. There are some stunning views of Cardigan Bay and several beautiful award winning beaches along this stretch with the beach at Abereiddy particularly lovely. You finish near the harbour in Fishguard where you can catch a ferry to Ireland if you fancy going further afield.
Haverfordwest to St Davids22 miles (36 km)Follow NCN 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 final leg takes you from Newgale to St Davids on quiet roads finishing at St Davids Cathedral.
Hay-on-Wye to Builth-Wells22 miles (35 km)This lovely waterside ride follows the River Wye and NCN routes 42 and 8 through Powys, with wonderful views of the Black Mountains.
You start in Hay-on-Wye following NCN route 42 towards Tregoyd where you join NCN 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.
Holyhead to Caernarfon39 miles (62 km)Follow NCN 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.
Kerry Ridgeway15 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.
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.
Lake Vyrnwy11 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. 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.
The area is also a RSPB nature reserve so you can look out for a variety of birds including great crested grebes, dippers and buzzards. There are bird hides around the lake.
You can follow the trail using the google street view link below.
Lampeter to Aberystwyth31 miles (50 km)This lovely ride follows NCN route 82 and the beautiful Ystwyth trail from Lampeter to the coastal Aberystwyth.
You start by following the River Teifi to Tregaron on quiet country roads. Here you join the Ystwyth trail cycleway which takes you all the way to Aberystwyth on off road tracks which follow a disused railway line. The trail takes you through the splendid Cors Caron Nature Reserve with its variety of wildlife, and then along the River Ystwyth to the finish point on the sea front in Aberystwyth.
Llanberis Pass3 miles (5 km)This challenging climb in the Snowdonia National Park passes between the mountain ranges of theGlyderauand the Snowdonmassif.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.
Llandegla Forest7 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.
Llanelli to Carmarthen27 miles (43 km)This ride follows NCN 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.
Llangollen Canal49 miles (79 km)Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Llangollen Canal. The canal runs from Llangollen in Wales toHurleston 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 canalis carried over the valley of theRiver Dee. The magnificent structure is the longest and highest aqueduct inBritainand aWorld Heritage Site. There are wonderful views of the Dee valley 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 Country Park 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. The final section runs from Whitchurch to Hurleston passing Marbury (with its series of meres) and Wrenbury.
Llwybr Ceiriog Trail23 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.
Llyn Clywedog4 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 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.
Llyn Cwm Bychan1 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.
Llyn Llech Owain2 miles (2.5 km)Enjoy waterside paths and woodland trails in this 158-acrecountry 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 challengingmountain bike trail to try.
Llys y Fran Reservoir Country Park6 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.
Lon Eifion11 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 Railwayso 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 byFred Dibnah.
The route continues through Penygroes before the final stretch takes you to the finish point at the little village of Bryncir.
Ludlow to Shrewsbury51 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 NCN 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.
Machynlleth to Llanidloes25 miles (40 km)Follow NCN 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.
Margam Country Park3 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 within1000 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.
Mawddach Trail9 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 Mawddachestuary on the coast ofCardigan 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 also 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.
Merthyr Tydfil to Brecon25 miles (40 km)This spectacular ride follows NCN 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, Pentwyn and Talybont Reservoirs. The final run along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal takes you into Brecon.
Millennium Coastal Park Llanelli14 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.
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal37 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 Cricklehowell 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.
The final section runs from Pontypool to Newport via Cwmbran. This section is open to cyclists. The route finishes in Newport near the castle.
Montgomery Canal35 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 FranktonLocks in Shropshire. Here you can pick up the Llangollen Canal and enjoy more waterside walking.
Neath Canal3 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.
Newborough Forest8 miles (13 km)Explore this fabulous coastal forest in Anglesey on this cycling and walking route in Wales. There are miles of trails through the peaceful woodland leading you to the stunning Llanddwyn Bay and Newborough WarrenNature Reserve. This large dune, mudflat, saltmarsh and beach system attracts a large lumber of coastal birds including oystercatchers, lapwings, curlew, skylarks and meadow pipits.
The Anglesey Coast Path runs past the site so you could pick this trail up and continue your exercise.
Newport to Abergavenny28 miles (45 km)Follow NCN routes 47, 49, 492 and 46 from Newport to Abergavenny.
You start on the river Usk in Newport and follow NCN 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 NCN route 492 which takes you towards Brynmawr via Blaenavon, with splendid views of the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway. Near Brynmawr you'll join NCN route 46, with views of Clydach gorge and another run along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal taking you to Abergavenny
Newport to Caerphilly17 miles (28 km)This ride follows NCN routes 47 and 8 from Newport to Caerphilly. You begin on the River Usk in Newport and head to the pretty village of Machen passing through the beautiful Rhymney Valley and the village of Draethen. This first section is mainly on road although there is a pleasant off road section along the Usk at the start. From Machen you join a great traffic free section along the River Rhymney which takes you to Lansbury Park and then onto Caerphilly, finishing near the castle.
Newport to Chepstow31 miles (50 km)Follow NCN 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. Most of the route follows quiet roads but there are several short traffic free sections to enjoy with fine views of the Usk Estuary and the mouth of the Severn.
Newport to Pontypridd25 miles (40 km)This ride follows NCN routes 47 and 8 from Newport 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.
Newport Wetlands2 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.
There are well laid out footpaths taking you to ponds, reedbeds, grassland, lagoons and along the lovely Severn Estuary. On the Orchid walk you can look out for beautiful plants and flowers. The RSPB facilities are very good with a visitorcentre, picnic areas, play areas and cafe.
The section along the estuary and past the Usk Power Station is part of the National Cycle Network so you can bring your bike too! It's a lovely traffic free ride, passing the East Usk Lighthouse with views of the River Usk.
The reserve is located just a few miles south of Newport town centre. You can park at the reserve if coming by car or you could follow National Cycle Network Route 4 and other local cycle routes to the reserve.
Newtown to Llanidloes16 miles (25 km)Follow NCN 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.
Parc Bryn Bach2 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.
Parc Cwm Darran3 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.
Parc Penallta4 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.
Pembrey Country Park7 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 Sidanbeach 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 Parkor follow St Illtyd's Walk into the beautiful countryside.
Pembroke to Haverfordwest15 miles (24 km)This cycle ride follows NCN route 4 between these two Pembrokeshire towns.
The ride starts with a lovely traffic free section through Pembroke that takes you around the castle, over the Pembroke river and through the town centre to the Cleddau Bridge. Here you cross the River Cleddau enjoying fantastic views of Milford Haven before joining another long traffic free path that takes you all the way to Haverfordwest, finishing at the train station.
Most of this ride is off road making for a pleasant and relaxing ride through some beautiful scenery.
Pembroke to St Davids34 miles (55 km)This cycle ride follows NCN route 4 between these two Pembrokeshire towns.
The ride starts with a lovely traffic free section through Pembroke that takes you around the castle, over the Pembroke river and through the town centre to the Cleddau Bridge. Here you cross the River Cleddau enjoying fantastic views of Milford Haven before joining another long traffic free path that takes to Haverfordwest.
You then head west to the coastal Broad Haven on a mixture of quiet roads and off road tracks. Here the route turns north through the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with views of Druidston Haven and Nolton Haven before reaching the village of Newgale. This stretch has some really stunning coastal scenery to enjoy.
The final leg takes you from Newgale to St Davids on quiet roads finishing at St Davids Cathedral.
Pontypridd to Merthyr Tydfil14 miles (23 km)Follow the Taff trail and NCN 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.
Porthkerry Country Park4 miles (6.5 km)Explore 220 acres of woodland, meadows and coast in this super country park near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. The route starts at the car park on the coast and takes you along the pretty pebble beach before turning inland into the woodland on nature trails. You will pass through the pretty grassland with its wildflower meadow and calming stream. You will also pass Viaduct wood with super views of the impressive Porthkerry Viaduct. The route below is designed for walkers but a nice easy cycle track runs through the centre of the park just up from the coast. It makes for a nice, safe ride for families.
Facilities in the park include an excellent cafe, chidlren's play area and a 12 hole golf course.
Porthmadog to Barmouth24 miles (38 km)Follow NCN route 8 on this lovely coastal ride that passes through the breathtaking Snowdonia National Park.
Radnor Forest Ride62 miles (100 km)A shared walking and cycle path that runs from Llanfair Waterdine on the English-Welsh border to the Brecon Beacons Visitor Centre.
The path follows a series of bridleways and minor country roads through some wondeful scenery including the beautiful Wye Valley and the spectacular Brecon Beacons.
Rhyl to Llandudno17 miles (27 km)Follow NCN 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.
Shrewsbury to Welshpool28 miles (45 km)Follow NCN 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 NCN 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.
Sirhowy Valley Country Park2 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.
Swansea Canal4 miles (5.7 km)Enjoy an easy waterside cycle or walk along the Swansea Canal and River Tawe. The route runs from ClydachtoPontardawealong route number 43of theNational 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.
Swansea to Bridgend30 miles (48 km)Follow NCN route 4 on this lovely ride which has splendid views of the South Wales coast and a fantastic stretch through Margam Country Park.
You start by the marina in Swansea and head east through the docks towards the village of Briton Ferry. The ride then heads to the Port Talbot sea front where you can enjoy a lovely traffic free section along the prom. A run along the River Avan follows before heading to Margam where you will pass Margam Country Park - this is well worth a visit with its 1000 acres of parkland and Victorian Mansion house.
The ride continues through Pyle before joining a dismantled railway line taking you through the attractive Parc slip nature reserve and then on to Tondu. Here you join the River Ogmore for the pleasant final stretch to Bridgend.
Swansea to Carmarthen43 miles (70 km)Follow NCN 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.
Swansea to Llanelli19 miles (30 km)Follow NCN 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.
Swansea to Pontypridd42 miles (68 km)Travel through the beautiful Rhondda Valley along NCN 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.
Swansea to Port Talbot12 miles (20 km)Follow NCN route 4 on this easy ride along the South Wales coast. You start by the marina in Swansea and head east through the docks towards the village of Briton Ferry. The ride then heads to the Port Talbot sea front where you can enjoy a lovely traffic free section along the prom. The final stretch takes you along the River Avan to the finish point at Port Talbot railway station.
Taf Fechan Forest6 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.
Taff Trail55 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.
The trail is waymarked with a black and yellow disc.
Talybont Reservoir6 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 (1.29km2) 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.
If you would like to extend your walk then you could continue west along the Taff Trail to the beautiful Blaen y Glyn Waterfalls.
Tenby to Pembroke15 miles (24 km)Follow NCN route 4 on this pleasant cycle route through Pembrokeshire.
You start on the coast at Tenby with lovely views of Tenby beach and St Catherine's Island. The ride then takes you around Tenby golf course on the way to the pretty village of St Florence. More quiet country roads take you to Lamphey before joining a lovely traffic free section through Pembroke that takes you around the castle, over the Pembroke river and through the town centre. The ride then finishes at Pembroke docks.
Upper Ceiriog Trail14 miles (22 km)This is a circular cycling or walking trail through the countryside around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Wrexham. The trail takes you on a tour of the beautiful Ceiriog Valley with views of the River Ceiriog and a visit to the village of Pandy. For cyclists a mountain bike is advised as the trail is quite rugged in sections.
Usk Reservoir5 miles (8 km)Follow the circular cycling and walking trail around the beautiful Usk Reservoir on this route in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route begins at the car park next to the dam at the eastern end of the reservoir. It follows good compacted-stone forestry tracks and tarmac roads alongside the waters edge and through the surrounding woodland of the Glasfynydd Forest. There are also splendid views of the surrounding countryside and mountains. Look out for wildlife around the reservoir including Red Kites.
N.B From Friday 14thAugust 2015 for about 10 weeks parts of the trail on the western side of the reservoir will be closed for maintenance.
Welshpool to Newtown19 miles (30 km)Travel through Powys along NCN 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.

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