Cycle Touring in Wales

A two-week circuit and shorter tours

By Richard Barrett

Guidebook to cycle touring in Wales. This packed guide describes a circuit of Wales - perfect for a 2-week trip - plus 6 cross routes, which range from 45 to 73 miles and can be completed as day or weekend rides, or used to create shorter versions of the main circuit. Includes all the information needed to plan and execute a successful tour.



Best ridden between April and October when the days are longer and the weather is at its best.


The route passes through most of the historic cities and towns of Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea and St David's. The route also passes many famous castles and landmarks along the way.


The route can be ridden as a leisure ride or as a challenge and there are schedules for all types of rider. There are long easy-rolling stages along both the South Wales and North Wales coasts, much of which is along traffic-free paths, with harder riding along the rockier west coast and through the low hills of the border counties.
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A 657 mile circuit around of Wales - or shorter tours around the regions - taking in miles of magnificent coastline in the Pembrokeshire National Park, the mountains of Snowdonia and the gentler marcher along the border.
6 Jun 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to cycle touring in Wales. Catering to just about any itinerary, it describes a circuit of Wales - perfect for a two-week adventure - plus 6 cross routes, which range from 45 to 73 miles and can be completed as day/weekend rides, or used to create shorter versions of the main circuit.

    This guide includes all the information needed to plan and execute a successful tour. In addition to clear route description, 1:200K mapping and gradient profiles, there is advice on selecting a schedule, planning your trip, preparing your bike and organising logistics, such as accommodation, getting to and from the start, and ways to carry (or not carry) your kit. Also includes a handy cycle shop listing, a Welsh glossary and checklist of things to take.

    Showcasing mile after mile of stunning coastal scenery, quaint seaside towns, rolling marcher country, as well as an impressive collection of castles, industrial archaeology, churches, chapels and prehistoric sites, Wales is a veritable delight for the cycling enthusiast. Discover verdant green valleys, skirt wild mountains, soak up Pembrokeshire's salty sea air and boast of your pedal up the highest road in Wales.

  • Contents

    Why cycle around Wales?
    How tough is it?
    Which direction to ride
    Selecting a schedule
    Getting there
    First and last nights in Cardiff
    When to ride
    What to take
    Preparing your bike
    Phones and Wi-Fi
    Using this guide
    A circuit of Wales
    Stage 1 Cardiff to Mumbles
    Stage 2 Mumbles to Tenby
    Stage 3 Tenby to Fishguard
    Stage 4 Fishguard to Aberaeron
    Stage 5 Aberaeron to Machynlleth
    Stage 6 Machynlleth to Porthmadog
    Stage 7 Porthmadog to Conwy
    Stage 8 Conwy to Wrexham
    Stage 9 Wrexham to Montgomery
    Stage 10 Montgomery to Hay-on-Wye
    Stage 11 Hay-on-Wye to Chepstow
    Stage 12 Chepstow to Cardiff
    Cross routes
    Cross route 1 Wrexham to Bangor
    Cross route 2 Barmouth to Chirk
    Cross route 3 Welshpool to Machynlleth
    Cross route 4 Aberystwyth to Knighton
    Cross route 5 Fishguard to Carmarthen
    Cross route 6 Carmarthen to Abergavenny

    Appendix A Cycle shops
    Appendix B Accommodation
    Appendix C Useful contacts
    Appendix D What to take
    Appendix E Welsh words and pronunciation
    Appendix F Selected further reading

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    June 2019

    Page 60: Battle of Trafalgar was in 1805 not 1815.

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Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. He first visited the Harris hills as a teenager and became a regular visitor. He lived in North Harris for a number of years, where he and his wife ran a guest house and, although now a city-dweller, he still makes frequent forays to the Hebrides, reconnecting with the wilderness and catching up with old friends.

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