Southern Wales Tourism

Cycling

Get on your bike and explore Southern Wales.

There's no excuse not to when you see where you can go and what you can get up to.

There are the main national cycle routes running right through Southern Wales taking in some superb scenery and historic sites whilst there are countless more local routes taking you to almost every corner of the region.  Many of the routes are off road, making use of disused railway lines plus many of the quiet country lanes.

That's all very well and good, but what happens if you prefer something a bit more adrenaline packed.  Not to worry, we have Cwmcarn Forest with its two world class Mountain Biking tracks; one so challenging it's rated as severe.  You have to be extremely brave (or foolish) to have a go at that.

We've listed a small selection of our trails.  Details of others are available from our Tourist Information Centres or from the Sustrans website.

Cwmcarn Forest

Are you up for a challenge? Well in this neck of the woods they don't come much bigger than the Mynydd at Cwmcarn

Taking the steep drops, tight turns and huge jumps at break-neck speeds seems to be impossible. But it's not (if you're an experienced rider) and that is why this is considered to be one to the best tracks in the country.  It has been rated as a Black track, which means it is officially classed as severe and should only be tackled by experienced riders. You daren't take your eyes off the track, which is a shame as the views from the top are stunning.

Cwmcarn is also home to the Twrch Train - an equally challenging, tough 15.5km singletrack route through woodlands and on to open ridge tops.

Lon Las Cymru & The Taff Trail, Routes 8 & 42

Lôn Las Cymru is one of the most spectacular and energetic routes on the whole of the National Cycle Network, running the entire length of the country.

Using a mixture of quiet lanes, railway paths, forest roads and specially-built cycle paths, it visits many remote and beautiful parts of Wales unseen by car drivers.

The route starts at Chepstow before joining the Taff Trail just outside Brecon to continue it's way north.  The trail is a network of linking paths, alternative routes and circular paths which allow plenty of opportunity to explore many sites of interest and heritage.

Celtic Trail, Routes 4 & 47

Whereas the Lon Las Cymru goes up, the Celtic trail goes across.  Right from the English border in the east to the Irish Sea coast in the west and takes in some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery in Southern Wales.

The Celtic Trail offers two options; either the Low Level Route, or the exhilarating High Level Route which traverses through mountains above the Southern Wales Valleys, climbing from sea level to 2000ft, passing sculptures and reservoirs on its way, with views north to the Black Mountains.

Both trails make good use of disused railway lines, canal towpaths and quiet country lanes meaning that you'll rarely come across any traffic.

Please remember that the information in this section is just a guide.  We've tried to make it as accurate as possible for you but we still suggest you check all routes and information before you set out.  If you are going to tackle one of these routes then please make sure you've got suitable clothing, maps and equipment and make sure your bike is in good condition as we want you to be as safe as possible.

Getting Here

Compact and easily accessible South East Wales is only 2 hours from London. Situated on the western side of Britain, the region has excellent transport links include an International airport, rail and ferry links.

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