We are often asked the question ‘can I cycle
on the Wales Coast Path?’ Here you will find information about the
sections of the Path which are specifically designed with cyclists
Several sections of the Wales Coast Path are designated sections
of the National Cycle Network - which offers a great opportunity to
explore the Path in a way which is both good for your health and
These routes are mostly flat, traffic free and on a hard surface
and are perfect for individuals, groups and families. There are
plenty of opportunities to get off your bike, visit attractions and
engage in seaside activities and, because they pass through major
towns and seaside resorts, including Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay,
Llandudno, Caernarfon, Llanelli and Swansea, refreshments are never
Please note that, away from these sections, the majority of the
Wales Coast Path is on Public Footpaths and other routes upon which
to cycle is to trespass unless specific permission has been granted
by the landowner.
For cycling routes actually ON the Wales Coast Path please see
the regional links on the left.
For additional cycling routes near to the coast, please see
Isle of Anglesey
Lon Las Cefni intersects with the Wales Coast Path at
Newborough Forest and Malltraeth.
Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd
Family-friendly cycle routes abound along the coast, often
linking into paths which open up the interior and world-class
mountain biking trails.
Lon Eifion (12 miles) from Caernarfon to Bryncir provides
incredible views of Llŷn Peninsula, Anglesey, and the surrounding
mountains of Snowdonia. The
Mawddach Trail (9 miles) runs from Dolgellau to Barmouth.
There is a short, pleasant route (under 2 miles) through the
Valley linking the coastal town of Aberaeron with the National
Trust property at Llanerchaeron. Alternatively, for a more
challenging route, you could try the 21 mile Ystwyth
Trail which heads inland from Aberystwyth.
For family cycling head towards the Welsh Wildlife Centre at
Cilgerran, near Cardigan, and bring binoculars for bird watching!
Bach traffic-free cycle route starts from Cardigan Bridge, and
winds its way through a nature reserve. You can continue on to the
castle at Cilgerran.
Gower & Swansea Bay
Swansea is the gateway to the Mumbles and the spectacular Gower
Peninsula, the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be
designated in Britain. Much of it is open to cyclists and links to
prescribed inland cycle routes on the Peninsula. For the more
adventurous, the world class mountain bike trails in the Afan Forest Park are only a
short bus ride away.
South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary
The Vale of Glamorgan coastline is an excellent
on-road cycling destination, linked to the National Cycling
Bay is becoming a Mecca for family bikers with its 6.2 mile
cycle trail, taking in the barrage, built to create a huge
freshwater lake, and waterfront with a host of family activities
and places to visit. Linking to the Taff Trail, north to Brecon,
there are also Bay cycle tours and bike hire.
Along the South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary, the
cycle path skirts the Newport Wetlands Reserve, with its
year-round visitor and educational centre, and children’s play