South West Wales is hoping to lure even more visitors to the area with the launch of a new Legends Cycle Route spanning across the four counties of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea Bay, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, as part of Wales’ Year of Legends 2017 campaign.
The four counties have compiled a history-rich cycle route, designed so that visitors can enjoy a day cycle ride exploring the legends of just one county or take in the whole lot on a four-day trip covering over 190km during an enjoyable mini-break – starting from Afan Forest Park and finishing in the town of Fishguard.
The South West Wales Legends Cycle Route brings extraordinary stories to life – ancient and modern-day, mythical and absolutely true – featuring legendary characters such as Merlin and King Arthur, St David and pirate king Barti Ddu, to name just a few. Soak up the fascinating history of mining in the South Wales Miners’ Museum in Neath Port Talbot, marvel at Kidwelly Castle in Carmarthenshire, one of the most intact castles in South Wales, learn about the celebrated Welsh poet Dylan Thomas at the Exhibition in his birthplace of Swansea Bay, or even dare to visit Annwn - the entrance to the Celtic Underworld in Pembrokeshire.
The cycle route is suitable for all levels to explore – much of the route follows the National Cycle Network paths – and whether with the family or friends there is something legendary to discover around every corner! Complete with downloadable guides, the Cycle Routes have been tailored to Google Maps, making the journey even easier to navigate. The guides combine legendary stories with sight-seeing highlights and suggested pubs and cafes to refuel along the way. Other useful inclusions are transport links and local cycle hire and repair shops as well as top tips of where to stay. Prepare to be distracted by the suggested tourist attractions, beautiful scenery and picturesque villages, making this the perfect opportunity to explore South West Wales.
The Legends Cycle Routes are completely free for visitors to access and can be downloaded from the website where you can also access information on travel, accommodation, cycle hire and repairs.
Published 31 January 2017