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
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.
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
Cwmcarn is also home to the Twrch Train - an equally challenging,
tough 15.5km singletrack route through woodlands and on to open
Lon Las Cymru & The Taff Trail, Routes 8 &
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
Celtic Trail, Routes 4 &
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
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.