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Set on the Bristol Channel coastline with the hills of the South Wales Valleys rising to the north, cycling in Cardiff and its varied surroundings could keep you occupied for a lifetime. In the heart of the capital, explore the bay on cycle paths and head to Bute Park and the River Taff with the city’s historic castle at the very south. 

Beloved cycle routes in Cardiff follow the Taff north revealing the intriguing 19th century Gothic architecture of Castle Coch. Fancy another castle? Cycle north via valleys or over hills to Caerphilly where you can not only sample the eponymous cheese but see it’s impressive, 13th century moated castle. 

Bike adventures from Cardiff can take you on multi-day jaunts through the valleys and into the undulating green mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where gradual ascents give way to blissful freewheeling. To the north west of the capital, Afan Forest Park awaits, with its sweeping trails and moody forests. 


Top 20 cycling routes around Cardiff

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    Easy
    01:24
    13.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:03
    28.2 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Difficult
    06:24
    61.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    3,150 ft
    3,150 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Intermediate
    03:16
    33.5 mi
    10.3 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Intermediate
    03:02
    30.8 mi
    10.2 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Difficult
    05:49
    55.4 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Easy
    01:05
    10.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Intermediate
    02:16
    24.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Intermediate
    02:05
    20.9 mi
    10.0 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    10
    Easy
    01:52
    18.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:44
    26.7 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Difficult
    03:41
    35.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    02:44
    28.2 mi
    10.3 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Difficult
    03:10
    28.8 mi
    9.1 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    Intermediate
    02:23
    24.2 mi
    10.1 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    16
    Easy
    00:35
    5.41 mi
    9.2 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    Difficult
    05:08
    51.1 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    18
    Intermediate
    02:21
    22.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    02:29
    22.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:01
    30.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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