Biking Around the Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales
Single / Double
April to October
A five centre self-guided bike tour of Pembrokeshire from Fishguard to Carmarthen. 5 nights bed and breakfast in en-suite (wherever possible) guesthouse accommodation, 4 days biking with hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bike and pick-up at the end of the tour. Includes; luggage transfers, route guide and maps. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
This 97 mile bike route between Fishguard and Carmarthen follows the Pembrokeshire coastline at a nice easy pace allowing you plenty of time to admire the views and visit the impressive castles. Using minor country roads and some lovely traffic-free sections, this biker friendly route can be done in either direction. Both Carmarthen and Fishguard are easily reached by train from London. The route takes you around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. You will enjoy spectacular views over the Irish Sea, sandy beaches, and many castles including Pembroke and Carmarthen.
START: Fishguard in South West Wales.
FINISH: Carmarthen in South Wales.
ARRIVAL DAY: Fishguard. Your 1st night's accommodation is in Fishguard. There are many places to eat in the town from fish and chip shops to luxury restaurants (meals not included in the tour price). Overnight Fishguard, Wales.
DAY ONE: Bike from Fishguard to St Davids. Distance approx. 20 miles (32 km). After breakfast the bikes will be delivered to the guesthouse and help will be given to adjust them. Today’s ride follows a beautiful coast road with optional lanes leading off to little villages and coves with pubs or tearooms for refreshments at Abercastle and Trefin. Your destination on this section is St Davids, where there is a cathedral and the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace. Britain’s smallest city, St Davids has a vibrant town centre with art galleries, shops, cafés and restaurants for an evening meal. Overnight: St Davids, Wales.
DAY TWO: Bike from St Davids to Haverfordwest. Distance approx 20 miles (32 km). Leaving St Davids the route heads east to Newgate where it follows close to the coastline of St Brides Bay. The splendid sandy beach is very popular with holidaymakers and one of the best surfing areas of the Pembrokeshire coast. At Broad Haven the route heads inland leaving the dramatic seascapes behind you to your next overnight stop at Haverfordwest. This large town has a magnificent castle and museum to visit with plenty of places to obtain an evening meal. Overnight: Haverfordwest, Wales.
DAY THREE: Bike from Haverfordwest to Tenby. Distance approx 24 miles (38 km). A traffic free section takes you out of Haverfordwest along the Brunel Cycle Route to Pembroke. Pembroke Castle is well worth a visit. This well preserved castle has great views over Milford Haven and would be a good place to have a picnic on the lawns. Heading east on a minor country road it is not long before you reach your destination for today Tenby, where there is another castle. This pastel-painted seaside town is also a very popular tourist destination with a wide range of places for you to have an excellent evening meal. Overnight: Tenby, Wales.
DAY FOUR: Bike from Tenby to Carmarthen. Distance approx 33 miles (53 km). This is the longest and toughest ride of the tour making this a challenging but extremely enjoyable day of biking. Hugging the coastline of Carmarthen Bay to Amroth castle, the route then heads inland with a couple of stiff climbs before descending into Laugharne. There is another castle here and the boathouse where Dylan Thomas lived. This would be a good place to have lunch. A delightful loop takes you inland to cross the river Taf at St Clears. This rural final section ends in the large town of Camarthen. Visitor attractions include Camarthen Castle and a roman amphitheatre. This impressive city has many cafés, restaurants and pubs to enjoy a celebratory evening meal. Overnight: Carmarthen, Wales.
DEPARTURE DAY: The tour finishes after breakfast. The bikes will be picked up leaving you free to continue your journey.
ARRIVING and DEPARTING by EUROLINES or NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH: This is by far the cheapest option for long-distance travel in England, Scotland, and Wales. There are very convenient buses from each major airport. National Express carries over 16 million passengers to 1000 different places in the UK every year, and thousands more from destinations across Europe and Ireland. You can purchase an e-Ticket where you print your travel ticket online in a matter of minutes OR you can obtain an m-Ticket and have your travel ticket sent to your mobile phone - no paper ticket required. You then present this to the driver on arrival.
ARRIVING BY CAR: Please ask for details.
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GRADE C cycling: Between 20 - 33miles (32 - 53kms) a day. The route is principally a flattish ride with some short steep hills to climb. We recommend that clients bring their own bicycle equipment helmets, shoes and clothing. We can arrange for the hire of this, if required. You will start cycling about 10am and finish at approx. 4pm. These grades are for guidance only and will depend on weather conditions and your fitness.