Celtic Tales

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Celtic Tales is an exciting new leisure app for families. Explore trails on National Cycle Network routes in Wales and discover lively tales.

Download the free app and discover tales of captivating history and beguiling fiction while you cycle through beautiful country parks, stunning coastal areas and vibrant urban spaces.

Celtic Tales is now available to download for free from Google Play and Apple’s AppleStore.

How it works:

Step 1: Select your route.

There are 6 brilliant traffic-free routes to choose from. Cycle at a leisurely pace and you can expect your chosen adventure to last between 1 – 3 hours depending on which route you choose.

Step 2: Choose between ‘history’ or ‘mystery’.

Pedal back in time on a historical adventure with your very own guide who will help you on your way and set you tasks, games and challenges. Or join Private Investigator Maxine Hardy to unlock clues and solve mysteries from spooky ghostly sightings to impossible thefts. The more routes you complete the more trophies you gain.

Use the app to guide your journey. You will stop off at 5 locations along each route to unlock part of a story or mystery. Please note – the Celtic Tales signs are not currently in place, so please use the app’s GPS to guide you to each location.

Step 3: Plan your adventure.

Celtic Tales will have everything you need to plan your day. From bike hire and picnic sites to eateries and attractions, use can use the app’s local tourist information to find out what you can see and do along each route. Directions from alocal train station or a key public place are also offered for each route via the app.

Step 4: Share your experience.

In true explorer fashion don’t forget to document your discoveries and share them with us on twitter #CelticTales and Facebook.

Routes to Explore:

From river, canal and costal routes, to castles and world-class attractions, each Celtic Tales route offers a brilliantly diverse 2-wheel experience. Immerse yourself in the Celtic Tales being told, whilst discovering wonderful spaces and places along the National Cycle Network.

Choose from 6 fantastic traffic-free routes in Wales. Each route is between 6 – 9 miles each way so make sure you leave enough time for your return journey:

Newport to Caerleon: Route 88 - 6 miles

A Roman adventure along the mighty River Usk, taking in wonderful artworks and outstanding historical sites. This Celtic Tales experience starts on Edwin Street at the underpass. Start location postcode: NP20 5JJ

Taff Trail (Route 8): Millennium Stadium to Castell Coch - 7 miles

Starting opposite the Millennium Stadium alongside the River Taff, this Celtic Tales experience combines history, nature and adventure, ending up at the fairy tale castle of Castell Coch. Be prepared for a steep climb to reach the caste but the views are well worth it! There is also the option to travel back to Cardiff by train from Taffs Well Station. Start location postcode: CF11 6RL 

Swansea Bike Path (Route 4): Swansea Marina to Mumbles - 6 miles

A wonderful urban adventure following Swansea’s beautiful coastline, this Celtic Tales adventure begins at Swansea’s impressive Sail Bridge. Start location postcode:  SA1 8PL 

Afan Valley Trail (Route 887): Port Talbot to Afan Forest Park - 6 miles

Winding through the stunning Afan Forest Park, this traffic-free nature-filled route is majestic and beautiful. Start this Celtic Tales experience just off Cwmavon Road by Ynys Park. Start location postcode SA12 8RD 

Llangollen Canal (Route 85): Llangollen to Chirk - 5 miles

A charming route that offers a wonderful combination of picturesque countryside and breath-taking engineering, this Celtic Tales adventure starts at Llangollen Wharf on the outskirts of the town. Start location postcode: LL20 8TA 

Mawddach Trail (Route 8): Dolgellau to Barmouth Bridge - 9 miles

Running along the spectacular Mawddach Estuary, this Celtic Tales experience starts in the Marian Mawr car park in Dolgellau and ends at Barmouth Bridge, with an option of continuing on to the historic town of Barmouth. This is the longest Celtic Tales experience at 9 miles, so we recommend that you set off early if you’re making a return journey. Start location postcode: LL40 1DN.

Celtic Tales is available to download from Google Play store and Apple app store.

Keep an eye out on Sustrans Cymru’s twitter and facebook pages for further updates.

The Celtic Tales app is funded by Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales.

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