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Whizzing down sweeping trails, exploring dense forests and seeking out immense sea views are all part and parcel of cycling in Wales. Largely mountainous and home to three magnificent national parks, exploring this welcoming nation is absolutely guaranteed to provide exhilarating rides. 

Cycle routes throughout Wales offer tremendously varied terrain, from passing the exquisite beaches and riding the undulating coast of Pembrokeshire to adventuring on the densely tree-lined trails of Gwydir Forest Park. Hilly routes with gentle ascents and spectacular views are everywhere or find extraordinary valleys and awesome mountain scenery in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. 

Family-friendly bike rides are abundant here too, on miles and miles of traffic-free trails through valleys. With castles and cake shops littering the countryside, cycling in Wales is rather magical.


Top 20 cycling routes in Wales

    1
    Intermediate
    02:16
    13.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    2
    Difficult
    03:20
    20.1 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • 3
    Difficult
    02:00
    15.5 mi
    7.7 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    4
    Difficult
    02:13
    13.9 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    5
    Difficult
    03:59
    28.4 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    6
    Intermediate
    02:01
    13.8 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    7
    Intermediate
    02:22
    14.7 mi
    6.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    8
    Intermediate
    01:44
    15.9 mi
    9.1 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    9
    Difficult
    03:14
    21.0 mi
    6.5 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    10
    Intermediate
    02:24
    21.5 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    11
    Intermediate
    02:21
    20.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    12
    Easy
    01:55
    19.0 mi
    9.9 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    13
    Intermediate
    02:19
    17.5 mi
    7.5 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    14
    Intermediate
    01:49
    17.9 mi
    9.8 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    15
    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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    16
    Difficult
    03:49
    27.1 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,575 ft
    2,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    17
    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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    18
    Intermediate
    01:50
    16.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    19
    Difficult
    04:10
    27.5 mi
    6.6 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    20
    Difficult
    04:08
    28.5 mi
    6.9 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Terrific terrain

Wales is a place for adventurers, whether you’re eight years old or eighty. Beloved for its varied mountain ranges and accessible passes, enjoying bike rides in Wales can certainly include some thigh-quivering climbs. Equally though, you’ll discover hundreds of miles of mostly flat trails that take in stunning landscapes without so much as going over a speedbump. 

Traffic-free trails abound, making it easy to enjoy Wales’ cycle routes in blissful peace. These routes are perfect if you’re looking for long distance, multi-day adventures and you can cross the entire country, east to west and north to south if you want to. 

For gentle day rides, pedal alongside rivers through mountain valleys or explore the extraordinary southern coastline with its beautiful beaches and ice cream stops. 

The mountains are what entice many to start cycling in Wales. The Brecon Beacons alone offer a vast variety of terrains and trails, from towpaths to mountain passes and from evergreen forests to glorious reservoirs. For Wales’ most breathtaking peaks, you’ll need to pedal up into Snowdonia National Park. 

Cycling in Snowdonia offers strenuous climbs, seriously lengthy free-wheeling past dramatic scenery and the best picnic spots in the country. Cycling isn’t a walk in the park here, but you’ll be richly rewarded for your sweat. 

What to expect with the weather

Cycle routes in Wales have a reputation for being of the damp variety, thanks to its proximity to the sea. The weather is usually mild in the shoulder seasons, warm in summer and snowy at altitude in winter. 

Plan for rain no matter what time of year, especially if you’re exploring in the mountains where clouds have a habit of relieving themselves. That’s not to say you’re guaranteed to get wet by any stretch of the imagination. Wales has plenty of dry days too, they’re just not always terribly predictable. 

A country built for adventure

Largely rural thanks to its rugged terrain, Wales has an almost unrivalled spirit of adventure. As a result, you’ll find cafes, pubs and accommodation along cycle routes that not only welcome cyclists but might even have a fireplace where you can warm your feet. 

Small Welsh communities typically have everything you need for a stop-off, from post offices and newsagents to cafes and cake shops. This makes it even easier to plan long distance adventures and truly get to know the heart of this majestic nation.

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