Romantic days out in Wales

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From coast to castles there's a romantic ride for everyone in Wales

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These rides make for a great day out with someone special

The National Cycle Network offers brilliant opportunities to experience the most wonderful parts of Wales by bike or on foot.

With a fantastic mixture of traffic-free leisure routes and long-distance challenging adventures connecting directly with many of Wales’ finest historic wonders and natural gems the Network offers plenty of romantic spots for Valentine's days out.

Below is our selection of some of the wonderful romantic routes for you to explore in Wales.

1. Magical castle dates

What better way to feel the magic of Valentine's than a visit to a dreamy fairy tale castle or a romantic stroll through ancient ruins?

You’re in luck as Wales has the highest concentration of ancient castles and medieval monuments in Europe, and the Network takes you directly to many of them.

Route 4 of the mighty Celtic Trail takes in many great castles including Chepstow, Caerphilly, Kidwelly and Laugharne Castle.

The traffic free Taff Trail will take you right passed Cardiff Castle, Castle Coch, Caerphilly Castle, as well as the spectacular Llandaff and Brecon Cathedrals

2. Wrap up for a tasty picnic

If a romantic picnic in the great outdoors surrounded by stunning landscapes sounds appealing then pack a pannier with a bottle of champagne and some tasty treats and try one of these amazing adventures that take in some of Wales’ finest natural wonders.

Explore the beautiful wildlife-rich country parks that connect with Darran Valley, Three Parcs Trail and the Cynon Trail.

The Afan Valley Route near Port Talbot winds through the stunning Afan Forest Park along a fabulous traffic free path.

If it's picture perfect rolling valleys and glistening reservoirs you’re after you will be blown away by the majestic Elan Valley in the heart of Mid Wales.

3. Watch the sunset over the sea

The Network also follows some superb coastal routes and joins up with the Wales Coast Path in places.

On Route 4 the Celtic Trail hugs the South Wales coast for much of its 255 miles. The route can be tackled in its entirely, or in shorter traffic-free bite sized chunks. Some great sections include Swansea Bike Path, the Millennium Coastal Park.

There are also some spectacular sections of Route 5 along the North Wales Coastal Route that take in gorgeous sea views, quaint market towns and fishing villages – including the Llandudno to Conwy and Prestatyn to Rhos-on-Sea sections.

If you're a nature lover then we have some great rides for you too.

Or why not check out our suggestions for great days out with friends.