The Celtic Trail has something for everyone. If you’re after a challenging ride with stunning coastal views or a family-fun activity with lots of lovely places to stop, then you will find it all here.
At 143 miles, this is the longest of the three circular routes on the Celtic Trail and it’s also the most spectacular, taking in the Preseli Hills and the stunning Pembrokeshire coast. Set out from Carmarthen and the route takes you to Fishguard, St David’s and then back via Haverfordwest and Tenby.
Be sure to make a stop Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse in Laugharne and head to Brown’s Hotel for a well-earned pint.
This is just 42 miles, but it makes a good weekend route that’s ideal for exploring castles and coastline. Head out of Carmarthen on route 47 and should plan a stop at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. There’s a great descent from Capel Sion into Llanelli. Take route 4 back, following the Millennium Coastal Path through Pembrey Forest to Kidwelly and then following the River Towy into Carmarthen.
For the family...
Rent your bikes at the Pembrey Ski Centre and set out along one of the best traffic-free sections of the Celtic Trail. There are great beaches on offer and this is a superb place for families and anyone who wants to escape the motorcar. It’s a fantastic day ride.
Llanelli is at the hub of two long traffic free paths adding up to some 27 miles, all relatively flat and very scenic which can take you along the coast between Loughor Bridge and Kidwelly or up the gradual incline of the old Mynydd Mawr railway line as far as Cross Hands.
The coastal route has spectacular bracing views across the Loughor Estuary while the old railway path offers a more sheltered rural route. A bit of effort is needed on the Mynydd Mawr route up to Cynheidre but from there through to Tumble and Cross Hands you are rewarded with stunning views over the Gwendraeth Valley and beyond.
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Tywi Valley Cycle Trails
Cycle through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Britain and take in some of the most outstanding castles in Wales. Five cycle rides based on the towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery help you explore the lush Tywi Valley and keep fit at the same time.
The routes include short, gentle rides along the level valley floor mixed with longer more varied trips. Whichever route you choose the countryside is amazing. Visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales, the first garden of its kind to be built in the UK for 200 years. Set within landscaped parkland it has the Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece and boasts the longest herbaceous border in Britain.
Nearby is Aberglasney, a garden lost in time. This 16th Century house and garden is one of the most remarkable garden restorations in the UK and is of enormous historical importance. At its heart is a unique Elizabethan/Jacobean Cloister Garden. The garden also has a stunning yew tunnel and square lake.
Another trail treats you to some stunning sights. The impressive Black Mountain, part of the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the east, some of the longest sandiest beach in Wales to the south and the wonderful valleys of the north and west.