Cycling in Wales is one of the best activities you can take up as you soak in the scenery and the history of the country. As transportation is abundant, the backdrop of this magnificent place would make you prefer pedal power over any mode of transportation available. Cycling around Wales gives you a good exercise as well as the chance in getting up close and personal with the attraction.
Here are some of the best cycling routes you can bike through while you are in Wales. These cycling trails will give you magnificent views of rolling hills to mountain ranges all the way to the calming effects of the sea.
Elan Valley Trail
This 18 miles in Powys is best taken on with a mountain bike as you take the countryside. Starting off from Cwmdeuddwr, the road takes you to a breathtaking view of the backcountry, a wildlife reserve and some valley reservoirs along the route. There is ample parking in the area making it easy for you to drive up and bring down your bike for a tour of the place. There is also a good number of shops and cafes for your dining needs. It is quite a challenging route especially as you start trekking on the western part of the trail. It is a climb going to Rhayader Tunnel and after a few intersections, you pick up the pace again on a steady incline to Garreg Ddu Reservoir. The view of the reservoirs and dams at the end is all worth it.
Swansea bike path
This trail in Ogmore is shorter at 6.8 miles but can be taken on with thin wheels of your road bike. This is a great trail for a family or even groups of friends. The route from Swansea Bay all the way to Mumbles Head offers some amazing sights to see. They will definitely help you remember your time cycling in Wales.
The unbeatable trio of sun, sea, and sand is as gorgeous as the horizon out in the sea. The peninsula view can make you forget time as you bring your bike from one end of the trail to the other. Oystermouth Castle can also be seen from this route as it is nestled in the Mumbles’ hills.
This ride takes in some of the finest sites of the Vale of Glamorgan. It begins at Ogmore Castle and takes a road next to the coast and subsequently the beautiful horizon views. After a leisurely ride around the coast, you can take the road up towards Ogmore River where you’ll see beautiful sand dunes merge with grassy fauna and still, crisp waters.
Lôn Las Cymru
If you are a die-hard fanatic of cycling, the 250-mile Lôn Las Cymru trail might be the one for you. As it extends the whole stretch of Wales specifically from Holyhead to Chepstow it is no doubt one of the most grueling trails in the country. But do not worry as the trail can be taken and broken down into shorter and doable sections as you traverse roads offering great views of mountain ranges in the country.