Explore the countryside on your doorstep with Pembrokeshire County Council's series of cycle rides from towns: Newport, Fishguard, St Davids, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Tenby and Saundersfoot
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the family cycling then head towards the Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran, near Cardigan, and bring binoculars for bird watching!
The ‘Cardi Bach’ traffic-free cycle route starts from Cardigan Bridge, where you join the cycle path just off the bridge, next to the Castle Inn - Taking care following this section along the river bank.
Cycle under the new bridge and follow the disused railway line as it winds its way through Welsh Wildlife Reserve.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre provides the perfect refreshment stop or you can bring a picnic and enjoy the views.
If you want to cycle further you can ride along the entrance road to the wildlife centre, towards Cilgerran. Please note that this section does have traffic. At the entrance turn left and follow the back roads into Cilgerran to the castle.
Attractions along the route
Cardigan Castle dates back to the 12th century and was the location of the first Eisteddfod in Wales in 1176.
Teifi Marsh is without a doubt one of the best wetland reserves in Wales.
Welsh Wildlife Centre
Nestling in lush countryside along the banks of the River Teifi near Cilgerran, this 264-acre wildlife nature reserve is home to many species of wildlife including otters, badgers, kingfishers and red kite.
Cilgerran Castle played host to many of the key figures in Pembrokeshire’s military history. Today, Cilgerran’s position is stunning, high above the River Teifi with cliffs on two sides it is a natural site for a fortification.
Saundersfoot is an excellent cycling base in Pembrokeshire, which offers scenic coastal views, and traffic free sections.
For an enjoyable hour or two’s cycling why not park the car and follow the scenic multi user route from Pleasant Valley down to Saundersfoot Harbour via the old railway line.
Start your adventures from the heritage centre, following the old railway line down from Stepaside, which is reputed to be the first coal and iron making plant in Wales. Continue down through the wooded valley as it meanders with the river towards Wisemans Bridge. You may even be lucky enough to see an otter or two on your way. Here you will join route 4, the Celtic Trail.
Take in the wonderful sea views as your path follows the waters edge towards Coppet Hall whose name originates from the old fuel and watering halt, ‘Coal Pit Halt’, and the disused railway tunnels.
Remember to dismount before entering the tunnels. Cross Coppet Hall car park through the next tunnel making your way down ‘The Strand’ to Saundersfoot Village, you can take a short cut across the car park, to the harbour and your journeys end, the perfect spot for a cup of tea or an ice cream.
Mode Cycling and walking, wheelchair Length 3.6 Kilometers
Attractions Stepaside Iron works and Grove Colliery Buildings, Wisemans Bridge Beach & site of the
Llys-y-Fran is a 350 acre country park set in the heart of Pembrokeshire.
The main focus of the park is its reservoir and the 100ft high dam which sends water crashing down into the River Syfynwy. The park is a haven of peace and tranquillity with an abundance of wildlife both on and off the water.
Family Trail - 2.4km / 1.5 miles
Being a country park, the trail allows your budding cyclists the chance to sample off road cycling and all its lumps and bumps and chance to race through the odd puddle. When it all gets too much, there are plenty of picnic spots to stop and admire the view and rest those weary legs ready for the return journey.
Mountain Bike Trail - 10.5km / 6.5 miles
The final section beneath the dam has a wicked climb back up to the visitors centre and that well earned cup of tea. If it’s been a particularly muddy ride then a bike wash is available behind the visitors centre.
Cycle hire & cycle permits
How to find Llys-y-Frân Country Park
The path is a popular shared use path so please expect to encounter other cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users.
This part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail is a bridleway with a stony surface and sheer cliff edges. For your safety please keep to the path at all times.
Mode Cycling and walking
Length 6.3 miles (10.1 km)
Bike shops The nearest bike shop is at Bierspool Cycles, London
Green Bridge of Wales – One of Pembrokeshire’s most famous geological features, formed by the sea cutting through a narrow headland.
Stack Rocks – Two limestone pillars, once part of another arch which has now collapsed. In spring and summer they are covered in guillemots, razorbills and other seabirds.
Iron Age forts – Built over 2,000 years ago, these forts would have looked out over a wooded valley. Sea levels have risen since then forming the Bristol Channel as we see it today.
Huntsman’s Leap – A narrow steep-sided inlet, formed by sea erosion along a fault line in the cliff. Legend has it that a huntsman urged his horse over the chasm, landed safely, then looked back and dropped dead from shock when he saw what he had jumped over.
St Govan’s Chapel – This tiny chapel is reached by a steep, uneven flight of steps. The chapel dates from the 13th century but its foundations are thought to be much older. Below the chapel is a well, believed to cure eye problems, rheumatism and lameness.
For a family day out why not follow the traffic-free Brunel Trail between Haverfordwest and Neyland, part of the Celtic Trail - National Route 4. This is a purpose built signed cyclepath with lovely views, embracing the solitude of open countryside.
From Haverfordwest start at county hall car park and ride along Freeman’s Way cycle path to Merlin’s Bridge roundabout. Cross the roundabout, using the cycle crossings, and head up the road towards Pembrokeshire College.
Turn left onto the cycle path at the bottom of the hill. This section of cycle path rolls through the water meadows of Cinnamon Grove, through Bolton Hill woods and alongside the railway line to Johnston.
From Johnston, follow the Brunel Trail past Rosemarket along the route of the Great Western Railway, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel 150 years ago. The path runs through the Westfield Pill Nature Reserve, a sheltered inlet from the Cleddau Waterway providing a sanctuary for birds and rare plants. The cycleway terminates at Brunel Quay, Neyland where a break for refreshments can be taken.
This is a popular shared use path so please expect to encounter other cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users. The path is wide and well surfaced with an abundance of wildlife in the undisturbed banks on either side of the route.
Mode cycle and walking with four sections of bridleway
Length 9 miles (14.48km) 1 1/4 hrs
Bike hire Mikes Bikes, 17 Prendergast, Haverfordwest, Tel: 01437 760068 Sales, Service, repairs and hire Enterprise Cycles, Unit 40, Honeyborough Ind Est, Neyland Tel: 01646 601014.
Attractions along the route
Westfield Pill Nature Reserve - A sanctuary for hundreds of different species of birds and animals.
Bolton Hill Woods - Enjoy a ride through traditional broadleaf woodland and its secluded stream.
Haverfordwest - Enjoy a visit to this county town, whether you’re looking for a relaxing break, some culture or history, Haverfordwest has something for everyone.
Haverfordwest Castle -The ruins of the medieval castle overlook the town, pay a visit to the town museum within its walls.
Haverfordwest Priory - The ruins of this priory stand on the west bank of the river Cleddau.