Cycling in Ceredigion is a fantastic way to enjoy great scenery and experience the great outdoors – whether on or off road, mountain biking trails or gentle rides along country lanes – there’s plenty to choose from.
Cycling Trails and Sustrans routes in Ceredigion
Designated routes such as the Ystwyth and Rheidol trails from Aberystwyth or the Cardi Bach Trail from Cardigan are linked with the Sustrans National Cycle Network and can form part of a more extensive cycling trip. Sections of the Ystwyth Trail are designed for leisurely cycling for all abilities.
Mountain Biking in Ceredigion
Ceredigion makes and excellent base for mountain biking, with great tracks and bridleways to follow on do-it-yourself trips or rides with local guides.
The mountain biking centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth is great for views as well as technical challenges. There’s a choice of three routes , each with a different character. The Summit trail is exactly what the name suggests, superb views and flowing single track rides. The Pendam trail also has fantastic views, combined with some technically challenging sections. The third, Syfydrin, trail extends out onto the open hills. For guidance on the different grades see the Natural Resources Wales.
Machynlleth, in the Dyfi Biosphere is the base for Climach-X, a series of mountain biing trails in the Dyfi forest.
With the natural mountain biking terrain of the Cambrian mountains there is plenty of choice of routes. The Elan Valley has several trails, and the forest tracks of Coed Trallwm and Brechfa Forest friendly trails as well as challenging ride for the more experienced thrill seeker.
Long distance cycling routes
Several long distance cycling routes pass through Ceredigion, such as the ‘Elan and Ystwyth’, ‘Tregaron Dragon’. The challenging Brevet Cymru starts in Chepstow and heads up to Tregaron and then descends to the Cardigan Bay coast at New Quay before returning all the way back to Chepstow! Aberystwyth is the destination for another 300 mile brevet from Poole in Dorset.
The Audax UK website has details of organised audax events as well as permanent routes for experienced cyclists, and using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.
Aberystwyth’s annual Aberystwyth Cycle Festival brings together a spectacular downhill mountain biking competition and an even tougher uphill challenge, as well as the ‘Welsh Wild West’ sportive with a choice of route lengths, fun races for children and ‘town and gown’ criterium races. With some of Britain’s top cyclists making an appearance in Ceredigion, festival visitors can watch the on and off-road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes. The popular Welsh Wild West sportive gives you a choice of four different routes to suit your mood and stamina: Cawr (the giant), Mynach (the monk) Diafol (Devil) and Corrach (the dwarf)
Machynlleth is home to the Dyfi Enduro mountain biking challenge.