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Pembrokeshire National Park on the South Wales Coastal Cycling route

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Coastal Cycling

Ride along the South Wales coast on a week long self-guided cycling adventure

The South Coast of Wales is the perfect destination for a self-guided cycling adventure. Quiet back lanes and off-road paths allow you to take in sights of dramatic cliffs, stunning sandy beaches and picturesque Welsh villages.

South Wales 8 Days April to October 63 KG PER PERSON
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Follow the South Wales coast from Swansea to St David’s, Britain’s smallest city. Take in the wondrous sights of the Gower Peninsula AONB, pedal along Rhossili coast and cross the wetland conservation areas of Llanelli as you make your way into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

8 days, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • 6 days self-guided cycling with gpx route maps provided
  • 7 nights accommodation along the route
  • breakfast each day
  • luggage transfer each cycling day
  • rail transfer for you and your bike back to Swansea
  • handy mobile app to keep every trip detail at your fingertips
  • 24/7 telephone support during your adventure
  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland

Plus flexible booking terms as part of our Adventure Promise, including instalment payments to spread the cost of your adventure. 

See the full itinerary in the tab above.

For adventurers who:

Are active and want to explore the beautiful coast of South Wales by bike

Perfect for couples and friends

Saturday: Welcome

Arrive in the seaside city of Swansea. Your home for the night is a luxurious boutique hotel, in the heart of the city centre.

This afternoon choose to take a walk around Swansea botanical gardens or pay a visit to the Dylan Thomas centre and learn about Wales’s most famous poet, whose hometown of Laugharne you’ll be visiting later in your trip.

Fuel up with a good dinner this evening, your South Wales Cycling adventure begins tomorrow morning when you leave the city behind and head into the more rural parts of South Wales’ coast!

 

Optional:

Quality hybrid bikes are available to hire for the duration of your trip, simply let us know when you enquire about dates
Cost: £200 per bike

Sunday: Swansea to Llangennith (40 KM | 400M)

Get set go, go Gower

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off on your bike. With the city and your luggage left behind, your journey begins, following the coastline through the stunning Gower Peninsula, the UK’s first ever designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Don’t worry, your luggage will soon catch you up as daily luggage transfers are provided, ensuring you needn’t carry anything more than your day pack.

The Gower Peninsula is a paradise for wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled as Razorbills, Cormorants and occasionally Puffins can be spotted along the coast, as well as dolphins in the warmer months.

Continue on to the iconic Rhossili beach. From here you can see the iconic Worm’s Head rock promontory rising majestically from the sea. Rhossili village is the perfect place to pause for a Welsh dairy ice cream and a chance to savour the view.

Home sweet home in a 17th Century inn
Arrive into the small village of Llangennith, ready to hop off your bike and put your feet up. Your home for the night is a 17th Century inn, an impressive stone building with cosy rooms and a welcoming pub.

Monday: Llangennith to Ferryside (55KM | 480M)

Wildlife spotting & historical sights

Today’s stretch of cycle path takes you across the River Loughor and along the coast. Riding on through the wetland conservation area of Llanelli, rich in wildlife, this area has reaped the benefits of ongoing conservation projects and is now a thriving home for creatures big and small.

Travelling onwards, choose to stop and visit the impressive Kidwelly Castle. A Norman Castle built in the 11th century, the castle overlooks the River Gwendraeth and the pretty town of Kidwelly.

Continuing on along the estuary where the Rivers Towy and Taf meet, reach your overnight accommodation in Ferryside. Kick back and treat yourself to a well-deserved evening meal.

Tuesday: Ferryside to St Clears (35KM | 565M)

Carmarthen calling

With a tasty breakfast devoured it’s time to begin the next leg of your journey. With a shorter distance to cover today, take the opportunity to stop along the banks of the River Towy where you will likely spot local fishermen fishing for river trout. Continue on into the Roman market town of Carmarthen and explore its narrow streets. Where better to pause and whet your whistle than at Carmarthen’s Plume of Feathers, reputedly the smallest pub in Wales!

Spend the night in St Clears

Today’s ride concludes in the rural town of St Clears. Staying in a converted coach house on a working farm, rest your legs whilst tucking into a delicious dinner prepared. There’s even a spa on site – with a little forward planning to book ahead, it could be just the place for a rejuvenating mid-trip massage!

 

Optional:

Why not enjoy a relaxing massage or soothing facial as a mid-ride treat this afternoon? Simply let us know if you’re interested in receiving more details when you enquire about dates.
Cost: £tbc depending on chosen treatment

Wednesday: St Clears to Saundersfoot (34KM | 545M)

Discover poetry, foodie delights and castles in Laugharne

After breakfast it’s back on your bike as you rejoin the scenic coastal path and head towards Laugharne, famously home to world-renowned poet Dylan Thomas. His beloved family home, the Boathouse, is now a wonderful tearoom, perfect for a mid-morning break and a chance to indulge in a delicious warm Welsh cake or a slice of freshly baked Bara Brith. Dylan was known to hide out near the town’s mighty mediaeval castle, also well worth a visit as you pass through this fascinating town.

Seaside scenes in Saundersfoot

As you continue toward the seaside town of Saundersfoot, you’ll pass the beautiful Telpyn beach, framed by dramatic coastal cliffs and pebble banks, a real treat for the eyes. A little further along this beautiful stretch of coastline on your South Wales coastal cycling adventure, you’ll arrive in Saundersfoot. Your home away from home is a peaceful family-run inn with panoramic views of the seaside.

Thursday: Saundersfoot to Pembrokeshire (58KM | 700M)

Picture-perfect harbour town of Tenby

Today’s cycle takes you into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, pedalling along the world-famous coast and taking in the breathtaking cliff-top views. Tenby’s pastel-coloured seafront homes are recognised the world over, not least thanks to it being home to Ironman Wales for over a decade. Steeped in history and surrounded by an imposing mediaeval stone wall, Tenby’s maze of narrow streets is well worth an explore.

An iconic surfers’ hangout

Continue on your self-guided bike ride, passing through more cute Welsh villages, many with their own little coves and bays. With a small detour you can stop to visit the iconic village of Freshwater East, with lots of options for refreshments, it won’t be hard to find a Welsh cake or a good portion of locally caught fish & chips!

Birthplace of a king

Finish today’s cycle in the town of Pembroke, the birthplace of Henry Tudor. This Norman settlement is now a colourful town, boasting one of Wales’ most impressive castles. Settle in for the night in a traditional coach house and enjoy a well-earned opportunity to put your feet up after a big day in the saddle.

Friday: Pembroke to St Davids (55KM | 720M)

Pause for a dip at one of Wales’ biggest & best beaches

Your final day of cycling along the coast of South Wales takes you through some of the most stunning scenery in Pembrokeshire. Cycle over farmland and through picturesque villages until you reach Haverfordwest, the most populous town in Pembrokeshire.

From here your route heads back to the coast once again, leading you alongside almost 2 miles of beautiful golden beach at Newgale Sands. With its Blue Flag status, the clear blue water makes it the perfect stop for a mid-ride ocean dip.

Ride to the most westerly point of Wales

Cycle into St David’s, situated at the most westerly point of Wales and where your South Wales coastal cycling adventure reaches its end. Local produce abounds in this tiny seaside city, so how better to celebrate your amazing achievement than with a delicious dinner in Britain’s smallest city and the final resting place of the Patron Saint of Wales.

Saturday: Transfer back to Swansea

Home time

Your epic South Wales Coastal Cycling adventure has come to an end. Pack your bags and your bike, it’s time to be transferred back to the start point in Swansea ready for your onward journey home, full of stories to share.

What's Included

  • 6 days self-guided cycling with gpx route maps provided
  • 7 nights accommodation along the route
  • breakfast every day
  • luggage transfer each cycling day
  • rail transfer for you and your bike back to Swansea
  • 1 native tree planted in our woodland

Supercharge your trip

Give your adventure a boost with these optional extras:

  • If you don’t want to bring your own bike, we have suitable bikes to hire – simply book a bike when you go through the checkout and add a note with your height
  • Private room – this trip is based on a 2-person booking in a shared room. We can usually accommodate requests for private rooms, please check with us before booking
  • Solo traveller – this trip is based on a 2-person booking but if you wish to cycle alone please let us know
  • Help your muscles recover with a mid-trip massage, please enquire about availability

What you need to bring

  • Suitable bike in full working order (bike hire available)
  • Suitable bike helmet – mandatory, you will not be allowed to ride without a helmet (hire available)
  • Cycling gloves
  • Bottles or a bladder for hydration
  • Suitable footwear for cycling
  • Waterproof jacket – the weather is changeable in Wales so it’s advisable to bring one, even in summer
  • Warm layers
  • Riding backpack – to carry spare layers / waterproofs, lunch, tools and spare tubes, mobile phone etc
  • Bike lock
  • We recommend a map and compass as back up for gpx files
  • Sun cream, sun glasses, insect repellent

What you need to know

  • Enjoy the reassurance of flexible booking terms, part of our Adventure Promise
  • Dates are booked to suit you – please use the enquiry form to request availability of your preferred dates
    Suitable for age 14+ years (accompanied by a parent or guardian)
  • Expect to be out cycling for 5-6 hours per day
  • This is your adventure and you’re in control – if you’d like any additional experiences or an extended stay, simply let us know when you submit your enquiry
  • We’ll manage all the bookings and arrangements to make your experience perfect

Getting Here

By Air

  • The closest international airports to Swansea are Cardiff and Bristol Airports
  • It is approximately a 1 hour train ride or taxi transfer from Cardiff Airport and 2 hours by taxi from Bristol airport to your trip start point

By Rail

  • The closest train station to the trip start point is Swansea Station
  • From Swansea Station, it is a 15 min walk or 5 min taxi transfer to the start point

By Bus

  • From Cardiff Airport the National Express bus service to Swansea takes approximately 1 hour

By Road

  • The trip start point in Swansea is located less than 30 minutes from the M4

If you require assistance with transfers, please get in touch with a member of our team

At Adventure Tours UK, we set out to create the kind of breaks people like us go wild for. People who get their thrills in the outdoors and want to care for it too. Who want to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. If you’re in search of adventure, you’ll find it with us.

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