Starting with one right on our doorstep.
Cycle Route: Aberaeron - Llanerchaeron - Aberaeron
Start/Finish: Aberaeron Tourist Information Centre
Time allowance: 1 - 2hrs
Commencing from the Aberaeron Tourist Information Centre, follow the signs for Ceredigion County Cycle Route 3 through the town and onto the dedicated cycleway along the beautiful bank of the river Aeron. This is a flat, traffic-free cycelway - less than a mile from Aberaeron - with a picnic site en-route and several benches at scenic points.
The cycleway leads to Llanerchaeron, an 18th century Welsh gentry estate, with house and gardens designed by John Nash. Admission is charged though cyclists are entitled to a discount.
From Llanerchaeron, retrace your route to Aberaeron, or continue the route as it climbs the southern slopes of the Aeron Valley.
Take care on the descent back to Aberaeron, as it steeply descends to a mini-roundabout.
Take the second left to return to Aberaeron's town centre.
Cycle Route: Aberaeron - Llanerchaeron - Aberaeron
Duration: 1-2 hours
Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian Forest sits high on the mountains just inland from Aberystwyth, and offers stunning high-level wilderness riding. With trails heading out into the epic scenery of the Cambrian Mountains, this is a fantastic area for those who like their riding rugged. Just be prepared for everything from true mountain climbs to river crossings and technical rocky descents.
The Syfydrin trail combines the best of the ‘ Summit trail’ singletrack with backcountry mountain tracks for a 35km wilderness loop. The 18km Summit trail and 10km Pendam trail use twisting all weather singletrack carved into the steep valleys and ridges of the forest to create shorter, but no less challenging route options.
While you might not see another soul in several days riding, the coastal university town of Aberystwyth is a hot spot of nightlife as well as excellent bike shops. If you want quieter places to eat and drink there are plenty in the villages right on the doorstep of Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian visitor centre opening hours.
All year: 10.00am – 5.00pm
The Bwlch Nant yr Arian cafe serves fresh produce including their signature Welsh cream tea. There are toilets and baby changing facilities, plus a shop for information, gifts and snack, as well as car parking usually on a pay and display basis.
For trail information call the Bwlch Nant yr Arian visitor centre: 01970 890453
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Located 10 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44, two miles west of Ponterwyd.
For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: SY23 3AB
OS Grid Reference: SN718813
More info can be found on their website here.
Aberystwyth to Llanilar (Section of Ystwyth Trail)
This ride makes up a shorter section of the longer 21 mile Ystwyth Trail, which links Aberystwyth, Llanfarian, Ystrad Meurig and Tregaron in Ceredigion, Wales.
This route is also known as the 'Ystwyth Trail' and officially starts at the car park next to the football ground; however, it is easy to access from anywhere in Aberystwyth. The route goes across the footbridge over the river Rheidol, then through some houses before crossing the busy A487.
The route then rises up a short sharp incline to the top of Felin Y Mor from where there are good views of the coastline. Following the course of the old railway line for about 2 miles to Llanfarian the path is gentle with the River Ystwyth is on the right-hand side.
From here the route heads into woodland, and there is a small picnic area here with bench and signs for walking trails through the woods. The route undulates for a short distance before crossing a bridge over the Ystwyth and rejoining the route of the old railway for another 2 miles into Llanilar.
There are shops in both Llanfairan and Llanilar, where there is also a small pub.
The route can be extended further along the Ystwyth trail. See the Llanilar to Abermagor and Cors Caron Nature Reserve sections.
6.5 miles, 10.5 kilometres
Bike - 33 minutes
Walk - 2 hours 10 minutes
Cardi Bach Trail
The Cardi Bach Trail is a section of the National Cycle Network route 82. Between Cardigan and the Welsh Wildlife Centre near Cilgerran is traffic free, and is a fantastic way to experience the views and wildlife of the Teifi marshes.
The Cardi Bach is a family friendly route along a former railway track which follows the south bank of Teifi river. The route starts near the old Cardigan bridge overlooked by Cardigan castle, takes you safely under the under the new road bridge and gently guides you through the wildlife rich nature reserve of the Teifi marshes. Allow enough time for plenty of stops for spotting wildlife - perhaps you'll see the blue flash of a kingfisher in flight, an otter, or the water buffalo that graze the marshes.
Why not plan your visit around the many events held at the Welsh Wildlife Centre, and make sure to make time for a visit the Centre's cafe, or to enjoy a picnic outside.
Trail Directions (distances in miles)
0.0 Start. Just beyond the Old Station, Cardigan, cycle under the bridge and on through the Teifi Marshes Wildlife Reserve on a traffic free path
0.7 Straight on at access to Wales Wildlife Centre on left
2.1 Turn left at bottom of short hill (just prior to a ‘T’ junction) following cycle route sign. Follow this back road towards Cilgerran. You will pass the St Llawddog Church on the right.
2.6 Immediately after a sharp right turn in the road, turn left along a narrow road. Cilgerran Castle is a very short distance up this road on the left. After visiting the castle, turn around and follow the same route back to the Wales Wildlife Centre. If you want to spend more time at Cilgerran, turn immediately left outside the castle access along a very narrow track that leads to a ‘T’ junction. There are cycle stands if you turn right out of this junction. Take time to explore the village on foot or walk down to the nearby Coracle Centre alongside the river. Then return past the castle entrance along the same narrow track as before
4.5 Turn right for a visit to the Welsh Wildlife Centre. There are cycle stands on site. Then return, turn right at the Centre access and head on through the Wildlife Reserve once again and on to the end of the Trail.
Teifi river and marshes, wildlife and castles
Grade: Easy Trail Grading Statement
|Distance||51/2 miles (9 km)|
|Time||11/4 hours plus additional time for stops|
|Start/Finish||The Old Station, Cardigan (Grid Ref SN181458, Sat Nav SA43 3AD) Approach Cardigan town from the south (B4546) and at the bottom of the hill turn right into Station Road (signed Pentood Ind. Est. on the downhill approach). Where Station Road bears right, turn left and immediately right past the old disused railway station building and platform on the left. The Trail starts at the end of this lane|
|Nearest Station||None within 5 miles|
|Terrain||Traffic free and quiet lanes. Mostly flat with a couple of gentle hills at the Cilgerran end of the Trail and on the Wildlife Centre approach|
|Elevation||Total climb (sum of all uphill sections) - 89 metres|
|Refreshments||Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran and Cardigan|
|Toilets||Cardigan Castle, Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran Castle, Coracle Centre|
The Rheidol Cycleway
This cycle route takes in fantastic views on the Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge road before dropping down into the beautiful Rheidol Valley. Starting at the harbour in Aberystwyth, this 17 mile (27 km) waymarked trail leads you through the Rheidol Valley to Devil's Bridge, mainly along quiet lanes and dedicated cycle routes. The trail is shown on local Ordnance Survey maps, and signposted from the harbour in Aberystwyth.
Although unchallenging for most of its distance, there is a very steep climb up from the valley floor to Devil's Bridge, so be prepared - or take the alternative ending to the route which leads to the old Rheidol mines.
It is possible to take your bike on the scenic Rhiedol Steam Railway to Devils Bridge and a visit to the Devil's Bridge Falls is a must, before you ride back down the valley to Aberystwyth.
A 28 km trail along designated cycle paths and quiet country lanes following the river Rheidol from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge waterfalls.
This trail is well sign posted and takes in some wonderful scenery along the way. This trail is suitable for both road bikes and mountain bikes.
Length: 17.5 Miles Time: 2.5 – 3 Hours
Start: The Harbour, Aberystwyth SY23 1JY Finish: Devils Bridge (Pontarfynach)
Cycle Route: Aberystwyth Harbour - Devil's Bridge
Download a leaflet here.
Brechfa is a perfect destination for both pootlers or those who like to ride totally pinned. The Gorlech Trail, designed by Rowan Sorrell, is made up of three big climbs and descents stretching over its 19km. More progressive riders can also test their full arsenal of skills on the fearsome but thrilling features of the black graded Raven Trail!
In contrast, the Derwen Trail is the starting point for families and novices and a great introduction to mountain biking.
All trails show off Brechfa Forest at its best.
There are free car parks with picnic and BBQ facilities. The Black Lion pub, Abergorlech just round the corner from the car park services those riding the Gorlech trail. In Byrgwm car park there is The Shed café for those riding the Raven or Derwen Trails.
Additionally, the Red graded Cwm Rhaeadr trail is about twenty miles northeast of Brechfa and well worth a look if you are in the area.
Abergorlech is on the B4310 some 10 miles north east of Carmarthen and 8 miles north of Llandeilo.
From the East
Leave the A48 at the junction for the National Botanic Garden and follow the B4310 to Nantgaredig and then on to Brechfa.
Abergorlech is 4 miles east of Brechfa with the Forestry car park clearly signposted.
Take the A40 towards Llandeilo and take the B4310 to Brechfa at Nantgaredig.
From the Northeast
You leave the A40 at Llanwrda 3 miles south of Llandovery and follow the A482 to Crugybar after which you follow signs to Llansawel and onto the B4310 to Abergorlech.
For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: Brechfa
OS Grid Reference: SN585340
Address - Carmarthen SA32 7RD