Staycations appear to be the new in thing, with more of us choosing to stay in our homelands for our holidays. And why not? With so much to see and do in places like Wales, there's plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained without having to leave the country.
If you’re visiting a new town or area in Wales, hiring a bike is a great option to get outside and discover what is on offer.
There are many places across our traffic-free cycle routes to hire a bike and make sure that you check that it's in tip-top condition before you set off using our super simple guide and video.
Pedalling along in the sunshine, stopping for a picnic or taking time to see the sights is a wonderful stress-free way of exploring the great outdoors. Whether you're on holiday, visiting friends or simply enjoying yourself on a day trip, there’s no need to miss out with lots of places offering flexible daily and hourly hire rates.
Here are just some of the handy cycle hire shops that will help you explore beautiful traffic-free Welsh routes this summer, with there also being plenty of similar shops available all over the UK.
Visit the friendly team at Mike’s Bikes in Haverfordwest, who can kit you out with everything you need to explore beautiful Pembrokeshire by bike. We highly recommend taking a spin on the Brunel Trail. This popular shared-use and traffic-free path links Haverfordwest with Johnston and Neyland, following the route of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway line.
One of the most picturesque sections of Route 4 taking in beautiful Welsh coastline, this gorgeous route winds through the picturesque Sandy Water Park with an impressive lake and a large array of birdlife. Start at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli where you can hire bikes for adults and children alike. Pembrey Country Park can also be accessed along route 4 and bikes can be hired from the Ski Pembrey Centre on site.
Wales has its fair share of spectacular castles, but one that never fails to fascinate is Castell Coch with its fairy tale towers peeking through the surrounding woodland just north of Cardiff. The Taff Trail takes you right there and is a great ride for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Cardiff based cycling charity Pedal Power run a fantastic hire scheme throughout the year, loaning out a vast array of pedal and novelty cycles for anyone interested in exploring Cardiff and its surroundings by bike. On weekends and holidays, they also run a hire facility in Cardiff Bay – perfect if you fancy a quick spin around the circular Bay Trail.
This rewarding route straddles the England and Wales border and follows some of the finest scenery in the UK within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Starting at Hadnock Road in Monmouth, the Peregrine Path mainly follows the River Wye through the upper Wye Gorge and connects historic market town Monmouth, and Symonds Yat East. A stop off at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean will equip you with everything you need for a day in the saddle.
With its breath-taking landscapes, the Elan Valley is a hidden gem located in the very heart of Wales. Heading west from Cwmdeuddwr towards the valley, you ascend into the heart of beautiful, mountainous mid-Wales, following the line of the old Birmingham Corporation Railway. The ride climbs 165ft from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre past reservoirs to the dam at Craig Goch leaving you with a fine descent back to the start. Hiring is the perfect option if you’re visiting Elan Valley and bikes can be obtained from the Visitor Centre itself or from Clive Powell Mountain Bikes if you’re starting your adventure from Rhayader.
Set in the Snowdonia National Park, the Mawddach Trail is one of the most scenic railway paths in the UK. Running along the spectacular Mawddach Estuary, this trail starts right from the heart of Dolgellau and runs down to the old Victorian town of Barmouth. The 9-mile ride is perfect for those long summer days where you can take your time absorbing the stunning views as you cross the famous Barmouth Bridge over the River Mawddach. The team at Dolgellau Cycles offer a range of adult and child bikes but recommend contacting them in advance if you want a full day’s hire.
North Wales is really spoiled for choice when it comes to traffic-free coastal routes. Two Sustrans projects in Rhyl and Conwy have provided crucial links to connect the dots on Route 5, enabling cyclists to pick and choose as they like. From Prestatyn to Rhyl, Rhos-on-Sea to Pensarn or down along the Menai Strait from Caernarfon to Y Felinheli on the Lon Las Menai. Whichever coastal path you choose, you can be assured of magnificent views and a warm welcome from charming seaside resorts like Colwyn Bay and Llandudno. These coastal treasures can all be accessed with a helping hand from local bike hire businesses such as West End Cycles in Colwyn Bay, The Bike Hub Rhyl or Beics Menai in Caernarfon.