The county of Pembrokeshire in southwest Wales is perfect for families that love to get outside and explore their surroundings. When using one of our Pembrokeshire Holiday Cottages as a base, you’ll have access to the whole region, perfect for all kinds of adventures. One way all of the family can have some fun, explore the beautiful surrounding region and burn off some energy is on a bike ride. Whether you choose to use one of the many trails around the area, or head off-piste on your very own adventure, we’re certain that a fun-filled day will be had by all.
When it comes to cycling, Pembrokeshire really has everything. There’s a number of routes and trails perfect for family-friendly rides, ranging from flat, smooth paths and roads to the more rugged, mountainous off-road trails. Here are some of our recommendations for family cycling in Pembrokeshire.
Road and Track Biking
Dramway Trail, Saundersfoot
Not the longest cycle trail in the region, but certainly one of the most delightful, the Dramway is a short, flat route that takes cyclists between Stepaside and Saundersfoot. The distance between the two is two miles which equates to a four-mile ride; however, this can easily be bulked out with some time to explore the fishing village of Saundersfoot.
Cardi Bach, Cardigan
Perfect for less confident cyclists or those with younger children, the two-mile return route between Old Cardigan Bridge and the Welsh Wildlife Centre. Along the route you’ll encounter all manner of wildlife, flora and fauna. Off the bike, there’s also an outdoor children’s playground and the Glasshouse café to be enjoyed.
Brunel Trail, Haverfordwest
The trail follows the rail link that was constructed under the direction of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The 19-mile return trip is perfect for those looking to stretch their legs a little more and explore further into the region. Starting off at the Haverfordwest County Hall, the trail utilises traffic-free flat path with only a few road crossings. There are multiple stops along the way for refreshments, although we would suggest bringing your own on a particularly warm or sunny day.
Family Mountain Biking
Pantmaenog Forest, Rosebush
An idyllic location for any keen mountain bikers, the forest’s trails are welcoming for all abilities. There is a total of eight miles of cycling trail that offer fantastic landscapes and exciting rides. Be sure to pay attention to the directional arrows as these are designed to direct horse riders and cyclists in opposite directions, to avoid one sneaking up on the other.
Llys y Fran Country Park
Offering a range of both flat routes and more rocky trails, the Country Park is a great place those who want the best of both worlds. The eastern side offers the family-friendly 1.5-mile flat route while the western side offers the more adventurous 6.5-mile off-road mountain bike trail, with slopes, climbs and descents galore. At the heart of the park is a man-made reservoir which is home to a range of wildlife.
St Govan’s Head, Stack Rocks
This circular route follows some of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and then sharply turns inwards to direct you towards Merrion where you’ll cycle a small portion on the road and then return to the cycle track to complete the circuit. This is an extremely popular route as it offers both more challenging terrain along with a flatter road cycle. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy the fabulous coastal path which should not be missed during your visit to Pembrokeshire.
These are just a handful of our most popular cycling routes in the county of Pembrokeshire. If you are heading to the region for a family holiday this year, make sure you check out our blog for more tips and advice on what you can get up to during your holiday.