Cycling in West Wales

Cycling has recently begun to take off in West Wales. Mountain Biking Wales is a good source of information on places to go locally. Nant Yr Arian, at Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth is the new Welsh MTB centre and has three separate trails with different degrees of difficulty.

Ceredigion County Council now list a number of cycle trails on their website with maps suggesting routes of varying degrees of difficulty.

Brechfa forest in the Cothi Valley is being developed to allow access to mountain bikes. New routes are being developed at the moment and the forest is well-worth a visit. The Forestry Commission in Wales have a number of trails around Wales. Their Mountain Bike Trails website is well worth checking out.

There are two new cycle paths in the county. The Aberaeron to Llanachaeron route runs inland along the beautiful Aeron valley, and the Cors Caron route, explores the natural wetlands of Tregaron bog.

Closer to home, and particularly ideal for children, is Longwood Community Woodland, in our neighbouring village of Llanfair Clydogau. There is a good track for cycling and opportunities for walks. The woodland is very accessible to visitors and has strong links with our local school, providing educational opportunities for learning woodland skills and understanding the environment.

The Ystwyth trail between Tregaron and Aberystwyth, offers opportunities for cycling, walking and birdwatching. It uses much of the old railway line and is well mapped out on the website.