Published: 28th AUGUST 2019

Challenge rides in Wales 2019

Looking for dramatic climbs, off-the-beaten-track countryside or rugged coastal views in Wales? We have a long-distance ride for you. We’ve selected some of the most iconic challenging rides in Wales for you to consider in 2019. These can be broken down into smaller sections or completed in full, depending on what you are looking for.

Two road cyclists with panniers, one in red jacket the other in bright green, on gravel track through Welsh mountains

Lon Las Cymru 

370 miles (596km from Holyhead to Cardiff or Chepstow)

With over 370 miles of quiet lanes and family-friendly traffic-free cycle paths that take you over three distinct mountain ranges and two national parks, Lon Las Cymru takes in some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in the British Isles. 

This spectacular trail runs the entire length of Wales and can be tackled in two sections; Lon Las Cymru (North) and Lon Las (South), it can also be broken down into smaller sections or taken on as one big challenge - the choice is yours. 

Celtic Trail 

356 miles (576km) from St David's to Chepstow

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.

Following a total of 356 miles along a mixture of traffic-free coastal paths, riverside trails, old railway lines and quiet lanes the Celtic Trail offers the opportunity to experience the diversity of Welsh culture, history and natural beauty, as well as some of Wales’ finest tourist attractions

Two cyclists with touring gear on cycle path by river in valley with trees

Lon Teifi 

100 miles (162km) from Aberystwyth to Fishguard

Starting in the university town of Aberystwyth, Lôn Teifi takes the same course as Lôn Cambria along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest to cross the watershed and drop down into the valley of the River Teifi. This is followed all the way to the coast at Cardigan, passing through the handsome towns of Tregaron, Lampeter, Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn with its castle ruins.

Taff Trail

55 miles (89 km) from Cardiff to Brecon

This more manageable long-distance route takes you from bustling Cardiff into inspiring countryside scenes. Passing the fairytale-esque Castell Coch and the fascinating Cyfarthfa Castle at Merthyr Tydfil, the route leads out to Brecon, taking in mountain landscapes, waterfalls and reservoirs. On arriving in the Welsh market town, you can choose to extend your ride into the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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