Explore by Bike
The Celtic Trail
The Celtic Trail stretches across the entire breadth of south Wales, from Chepstow in the east, to Fishguard in the west, taking in the undulating South Wales Valleys, the rural countryside of Carmarthenshire, and the stunning coastline of Pembrokeshire.
There are many sections on the Celtic Trail that can be done individually, alternatively, choose your own route.
Here are some of our suggestions.
Roch Castle Circular Route via Little Haven
Set off from Roch Castle on the A487 main road for 2.7 miles to Simpson Cross, where you can pick up a B road towards Broad Haven. At Broad Haven stop for a walk on the large sandy beach and a refreshment break in one of the cafes or pub, or at very low tide you can walk around the headland to Little Haven. If the tide is further in, cycle over the headland instead and base yourself there for an hour to walk coast path to the south, for spectacular views of St Brides Bay.
When ready, get back in the saddle and head to Newgale along the coastal road. Pause at Druidston Haven for a secluded beach break where cliff formations, natural arches and caves can be found at the north end, and don’t forget to look out for the hidden house in the hill!
At Newgale, hit the waves for one of many water sports, including surfing, and paddle boarding, or just walk the two mile stretch of beach. When you’re ready for home, you can return to Roch Castle via the A487 main road, for 2.5 miles.
St Davids to Strumble Head
Taking the coastal road north of St Davids for approximately 18 miles, you will cycle a coastal and country route towards Strumble Head. Taking a break from your saddle you can stop at Aberieddy, for a short walk to the former slate quarry, the Blue Lagoon, where you will often see people jumping into the green, blue waters, coasteering or kayaking. A short ride further on, Porthgain Harbour offers the perfect lunch stop of fish and chips at The Shed Bistro, whilst the spectacular Abermawr, where you can explore woods and meadows, shingle beach and marsh is just another half an hour cycle north. Next, you will pass Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill, before heading through the countryside towards the Irish Sea where the views will feature the impressive lighthouse.
The City West Trail
First stop is the said birthplace of St David at St Non’s Chapel, where you can throw a coin into the well and make a wish. Next, head to St Justinian’s via Porthclais Harbour, to see the ruin of the medieval chapel, where legend has it that St Justinian’s remains were once buried. Today the inlet is home to two lifeboat stations and is where you can take a boat to RSPB Reserve, Ramsey Island.
Further along the coast is the spectacular sandy beach at Whitesands, where you could either enjoy a refreshment break at the café or take to the coastal path and walk to St Davids Head for impressive panoramic views of the bay. The last section of the route returns you to St Davids where a stop at the Cathedral is a must.