cycling fun for all the family in pembrokeshire
Posted on: July 29, 2016
With our cottages in Pembrokeshire acting as the perfect base 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.
When it comes to cycling, Pembrokeshire really has everything. There’s a number of routes and trails perfect for family-friendly cycling; flat and smooth, these all offer beautiful and scenic views out onto the lush countryside and stunning coastline. The more adventurous will also enjoy the host of challenging and exciting mountain bike trails on offer. Here’s some of our recommendations for family cycling in Pembrokeshire.
Road and track biking
Following a disused railway line along a 4-mile return route, this cycling route has given a new lease of life to a previously ignored stretch of track between Saundersfoot, Wiseman’s Bridge and Stepaside. It is now hugely popular and it’s easy to see why; from Saundersfoot, it hugs the coastline and the cliffs before disappearing into a tunnel, emerging at Wiseman’s Bridge before heading through Pleasant Valley to Stepaside.
Cardi Bach, Cardigan
With this route just a 2-mile return journey, this ride is perfect for beginners and younger children. Running alongside the Teifi River from the Old Cardigan Bridge to the Welsh Wildlife Centre, this excellent cycle trail has plenty to see and do both on and off the bike. On the way, you’ll not only pass the reed marsh, but also huge flocks of birds and many kinds of wildlife. Off the bike, there’s also an outdoor children’s playground and the Glasshouse café to be enjoyed.
Brunel Trail, Haverfordwest
The Brunel Trail is a slightly longer ride at 18 miles, perfect for a day trip, taking you through the towns of Neyland, Johnston and Haverfordwest. Promising mile after mile of open fields, woodland and estuaries, this is a peaceful and gentle ride through the countryside, with the wonderful Brunel Café at Neyland Marina offering delicious drinks and snacks.
Family mountain biking
Pantmaenog Forest, Rosebush
Offering 8 miles of trails, Pantmaenog Forest is perfect for all ages. With the trails wide, open and easy to navigate, the forest is extremely suitable for beginners.
Llys y Fran Country Park, Haverfordwest
Offering both flat cycling and mountain biking, Llys y Fran Country Park has a man-made reservoir at its centre and boasts 8 miles of tracks. East of the reservoir is a flat and surfaced cycle path, perfect for something more relaxed, while the western side has off-road trails, deep dips and muddy puddles to enjoy.
St Govan’s Head, Stack Rocks
The only section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which is accessible by bike, this is a truly beautiful stretch of cycle track. Looking out to sea riding along the cliff tops, the trail is fairly flat, though it can be uneven, and so mountain bikes are recommended. Among the sights you’ll take in are the Green Bridge of Wales and St Govan’s Chapel.