Circular Cycling Route from Swansea South Wales
Single / Double
Start Any Day February to November
A three centre self-guided circular cycling tour starting and finishing in Swansea South Wales. Includes 3 nights bed and breakfast in en-suite (wherever possible) guesthouse accommodation, 3 days cycling with luggage transfers, route guide and maps. Hire of a 21 speed all-terrain bicycle would be extra. PLEASE NOTE: The only meal included in the tour price is breakfast.
This 88 mile circular cycle route starting and finishing in Swansea is an ideal short break easily reached by train from London. You will begin with a short ride to Llanelli with optional detours to the Gower peninsula followed by a more challenging section to Carmarthen. Using minor country roads and some lovely traffic-free sections, this biker friendly route allows you plenty of time to admire the views and visit the impressive castles. The route takes you through areas of outstanding natural beauty and passes the National Botanic Garden of Wales. A long but predominantly flat final day brings you back to Swansea. There are several rail stations on route allowing you the option of jumping on a train.
START and FINISH: Swansea in South Wales.
ARRIVAL DAY/DAY ONE: Swansea to Llanelli. Distance approx. 18 miles (29 km). On arrival at Swansea train station your luggage will be picked-up and taken to your first accommodation in Llanelli. A nice easy start takes you round Swansea Bay on a traffic-free cycle way onto the Gower peninsular where there are some optional detours. There are many national parks and places of interest to visit on this section, including the Egypt Centre and Clyne Valley Country Park. Crossing the Loughor Bridge brings you to a wonderful traffic-free trail that hugs the coast to your destination today, Llanelli. There are many places to eat in the town from fish and chip shops to luxury restaurants. Overnight: Llanelli, Wales.
DAY TWO: Llanelli to Carmarthen. Distance approx. 27 miles (43 km). Today’s ride starts with a steady climb up to 200 meters providing fantastic views over the Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons, both areas of outstanding natural beauty. A lovely traffic-free cycle path then joins minor country roads passing through pretty little villages with pubs or tearooms for refreshments. The route then takes you around the perimeter of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, ending in the busy town of Carmarthen. Visitor attractions here include; Carmarthen Castle and a roman amphitheatre. The impressive town centre has many cafés, restaurants and pubs to enjoy an evening meal. Overnight: Carmarthen, Wales.
DAY THREE: Carmarthen to Swansea. Distance approx. 40 miles (64 km). This is the longest ride of the tour but is predominantly flat making for an extremely enjoyable day of cycling. A short climb on a minor road provides great views over Carmarthen Bay before descending to Kidwelly where there is a very impressive castle. This is followed by a beautiful traffic-free section through Pembrey Forest, leading on to a coastal cycle path to Burry Port and back to Llanelli. From here the route is the same as on day one, and at any time today you have the option of jumping on a train with your bike back to Swansea. There are many places to eat in Swansea from fish and chip shops to luxury restaurants. Overnight: Swansea, Wales.
DEPARTURE DAY: Return to London. Today you catch the train back to London or 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 18 - 40miles (29 - 64kms) a day. The route is principally a flattish ride with one long 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.