Long distance rides in Wales

Cycle route through woods

Swiss Valley Cycle Route, Celtic Trail, Part of National Route 47

country cycling route

Lon Las Ogwen, National Cycle Route 82 between Bethesda and Nant Ffrancon

group of cyclists on path passing river

The Taff trail passes alongside the river towards Builth, on National Route 8

Wales is a gorgeous country, full of beautiful, dramatic beaches and hills as well as miles of the National Cycle Network. In light of this outstanding natural beauty, here are some of the best long distance rides in Wales that use the National Cycle Network. 

Celtic Trail East (Routes 4, 8 and 47)

The Celtic Trail covers 377 miles (you don't have to do it all!) 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.

Celtic Trail West (Routes 4 and 47)

This trail covers the distance from Swansea to Fishguard via two potential routes. National Route 4 goes via the coast, while National Route 47 is an inland route. Together they form two loops between Swansea and Carmarthen or between Carmarthen and Fishguard.

Lôn Las Cymru - North (Route 8)

The route connects Holyhead and Anglesey to the Wye Valley in the heart of Wales using minor roads, railway paths, forestry tracks and ancient coach roads. There are some tough challenges as the route crosses the Snowdonia National Park and the range of the Cambrian Mountains.

Lôn Las Cymru - South (Routes 8 and 42)

This route connects Llanidloes in the heart of Wales to the attractive finishing points of Cardiff or Chepstow. National Route 42 connects Hay on Wye to Abergavenny and Chepstow via a taste of the Black Mountains, whilst the largely traffic-free Taff Trail links Brecon to Cardiff via Merthyr Tydfil on National Route 8.

Lôn Cambria & Lôn Teifi (Routes 81 and 82)

Lon Cambria connects Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury. This route takes you on a fantastic, challenging journey through the spectacular scenery of Mid Wales.

Lôn Teifi takes the same course as the Lôn Cambria route along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest to drop down into the valley of the River Teifi.

Taff Trail (Route 8)

The Taff Trail - Merthyr section of the Taff Trail travels between Cefn Coed Viaduct and Pontsticill Reservoir.

Taff Trail Cardiff to Brecon is a remarkable journey starting in Wales' thriving capital with major attractions such as Cardiff Castle, The Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay to take in.

North Wales Coastal route (Route 5)

Stretching from Holyhead to Chester, and passing through a multitude of coastal towns and historic villages, this fantastic route follows north Wales’ beautiful coastline and shares a route with the spectacular Wales Coast Path for much of its way. This wildlife and heritage-rich trail boasts an eclectic mixture of castles, cathedrals and stunning mountainous landscapes. 

Radnor Ring (Routes 825 and 8)

A circular route on quiet country lanes crossing some of Mid Wales' most spectacular scenery with off-road mountain biking alternatives.

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