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With hundreds of routes to choose from, the National Cycle Network is a great way to discover the UK. Whether you want to explore Northumberland’s coastline, conquer a Welsh mountain or experience the peaceful glens of Scotland, we’ve got the perfect route for you.

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  • From the hustle and bustle of town life in Caerphilly, this route transports you to tranquil green fields and blue bell-carpeted woods with protected wildlife sites.

  • This route is perfect for novices and young children.  Traffic free and short, it offers lovely views out over to Mumbles Head. 

  • This ride makes up a shorter section of the longer 21 mile Ystwyth Trail, which links Aberystwyth, Llanfarian, Ystrad Meurig and Tregaron in Ceredigion, Wales. 

  • This route travels between Port Talbot and the gorgeous Afan Forest.  The area is a haven for all sorts of wonderful wildlife and has world-class mountain bike trails.

  • The Brunel Trail is a popular shared-use path linking Neyland, once the western terminus of Brunel's Great Western Railway, with Johnston and Haverfordwest. The trail begins at Neyland Marina and follows the picturesque Cleddau estuary through Westfield Pill Nature Reserve before continuing along the now disused Great Western Railway line to Johnston.

  • A great route through the Wye Valley that has some short, steep sections.

  • Follow National Route 5 from Shotton across the River Dee to pick up National Route 568 at Hawarden Bridge and then leave the railway path and pick your way through the Deeside Industrial Park as you head north.
    Please Note: Route closed between Hawarden Bridge and the Blue Bridge/Welsh Road from mid November for up to 8 months for flood bank stabilisation works. A diversion will be signed. Please take care on this diversion and follow all signs.

  • The easy traffic-free circular trail runs around Cardiff Bay and across to the seaside town of Penarth via Pont y Werin. It's perfect for families and returning cyclists and provides a fantastic opportunity to explore Cardiff Bay's vibrant waterfronts cafés, bars and restaurants; heritage sites, and fantastic array of activities on offer at the International Sports Village.

  • A great ride for families and novice cyclists, this route takes you on a traffic free path from Bute Park in Cardiff all the way out to the fairytale Castell Coch.

  • Linking the former ironworks at Tondu and Bedford Park, this route passes through the Parc Slip Nature Park which is home to a wealth of wildlife including rare wading birds and many species of butterfly, damselfly and dragonfly.

  • Running across Wales at its widest point, the Celtic Trail takes in St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, dramatic castles in Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Kidwelly, the magnificent Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park and the wide sweep of Swansea Bay.

  • The Celtic Trail covers 377 miles (in its entirety) of the most diverse scenery in Wales, taking you from the eastern 'Gateway to Wales' at the Severn Bridge, Chepstow, to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in the West.

  • Swansea to Fishguard with two potential routes. National Route 4 goes via the coast, whilst National Route 47 is an inland route. Together they form two loops between Swansea and Carmarthen or between Carmarthen and Fishguard.

  • The route travels between Llanfoist, just to the south of Abergavenny, and Brynmawr, passing high above the Clydach Gorge.

  • Starting at Abercynon and ending in Hirwaun this route twists and turns its way north west along sections of the Old Glamorganshire Canal.

  • This ride takes you through the south Wales valleys and offers you an easy, traffic free journey through the areas industrial past and stunning natural scenery. 

  • With two route options that combined make a great circular ride, these sections of Lon Las Cymru take you through the heart of Snowdonia, and along some of the amazing Welsh coastline.

  • With its breathtaking landscapes the Elan Valley is a hidden gem located in the very heart of Wales. This linear trail can be ridden in either direction, but most people head west from Cwmdeuddwr towards the valley.

  • With views of the Pembrokeshire Coast, this ride to St Davids is a great way to experience this part of south west Wales.

  • A brilliant ride for the whole family which offers lots of places to stop along the way for play and refreshments. 

  • The ride, starting a few miles north of Caerphilly, climbs gently from Hengoed Viaduct through Nelson and Trelewis to the climbing centre at Taff Bargoed.

  • This ride has one of the finest backdrops to any in Wales - to the north, Great Ormes Head rises to 679ft and its cliff ledges are nesting places for many species of seabirds, to the southwest across Conwy Bay the mighty peaks of Snowdonia.
    Please Note: The Conwy Estuary Trail is currently closed between Deganwy and West Shore Llandudno due to the recent storms and damage to Deganwy Promenade.

  • A truly stunning route that follows the line of the Llangollen Canal for its entire stretch and offers a wonderful combination of picturesque countryside and breath-taking engineering. Boasting beauty spots such as Horseshoe Falls and Blake Mere, as well as the mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - an engineering marvel and a World Heritage Site that straddles the River Dee – this family-friendly route is brilliant for walkers and cyclists alike.

  • This short route south west of Aberystwyth is perfect for a fun day out for the whole family.

  • This route was one of the first traffic-free trails to be completed as part of the ‘Valleys Cycle Network', an extension of 100 miles of new National Cycle Network across the old south Wales coalfield.