Cycle Touring in Wales
A two-week circuit and shorter tours
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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.
SeasonsBest ridden between April and October when the days are longer and the weather is at its best.
CentresThe 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.
DifficultyThe 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.
Must SeeA 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.
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.
Why cycle around Wales?
How tough is it?
Which direction to ride
Selecting a schedule
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 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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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.View Articles and Books by Richard Barrett
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