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Pembrokeshire Routes
Solva harbour, Pembrokeshire

Cycling Routes:
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Pembrokeshire is a great place for a cycling holiday, and here are a few of our cycle routes we've used in the past...

The Blue Lagoon Ride

Cyclists at Solva harbour, PembrokeshireIf staying in St David's you really should cycle to St Justinian via Porth Clais, and to Whitesands to the west; zig-zag over the commons (Treleddyd-fawr, Dowrog and Tretio) to the north; and see the late afternoon views of Ramsey from the old monk's road to the east.

This little bike ride around the end of the St David's headland takes in lime kilns at Porth Clais harbour, a view of Ramsey Island, three National Trust commons, The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy, disused cliff-edge stone quarries (better than it sounds) at Porthgain, a one-armed church, Solva harbour (photo) and a ride around an old airfield.

Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire

Photo: The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy

Solva harbour, Pembrokeshire

Photo: View at end of Solva harbour

Distance: 33 miles (53 km); by missing out the visit to Porth Clais and St Justinians it cuts it down to 26 miles.

The Blue Lagoon Ride pdf.

This ride is on the Ordnance Survey map: St.David's and Haverfordwest (Landranger map sheet 157), £8.99 from Amazon.

St.David's and Haverfordwest sheet 157 (Landranger Maps)

(Please do not reproduce this route in any form. It is for personal use only. To be used on a bicycle, not in a car!)


The Preseli Calendar Ride

Distance: anything between 26 miles and 54 miles. Starts/finishes from a small car park (map ref: SN 004 349) about 2.5 miles up the Gwaun Valley from Fishguard, and 1 mile downstream from Pontfaen village.

Gorse Fawr Stone Circle

The ride is done in a widdershins (old word for anti-clockwise - sounds less negative) direction. We named the ride 'The Preseli Calendar Ride' because it visits Gorse Fawr stone circle (on the detour) which was basically a calendar and because the Gwaun Valley never changed from the Julian calendar in 1752 so still celebrate New Year on the 13th January. Ideally you do the ride including the detour so you actually go all the way around the mountain. In Welsh the hills are called Mynydd Preseli (mynydd means mountain). These hills are the highest around here, but hardly what you would normally call 'mountains'.

Pentre Ifan, in north PembrokeshireThe ride goes to Rosebush for lunch. You then have a choice: either follow the B4329 up over the top of the mountain (great views, especially if you walk up to the highest point) or the detour around the mountain. Both are well worth doing. The detour goes to Gors Fawr stone circle (photo above) before rejoining the main route at Pentre Ifan burial chamber (photo left).

The lane from Cilgwyn to Pontfaen down the Gwaun Valley is sheer magic in the late afternoon sunshine, culminating with a visit to the wonderful Dryffryn Arms (or Bessie's as it is known locally). The pub has hardly changed in a hundred years; it's been in the same family since 1845; and in the Good Beer Guide for over 40 years. An aside: on this ride in the 90's we kept meeting a large coach following a man on a moped. When we arrived at Bessie's she told us that a man on a moped had brought a coach-load of American tourists for lunch. If Moped Man had done his homework he'd have known that Bessie doesn't do food. She said with a smile, "I sold 37 Wagon Wheels today".

The Preseli Calendar Ride route map pdf

The Preseli Calendar Ride route information pdf

To get the best out of this ride you'll need Ordnance Survey map: Cardigan & Mynydd Preseli (Landranger map sheet 145), £8.99 from Amazon.

OS map of Cardigan and The Preseli Hills 

(Please do not reproduce this route in any form. It is for personal use only. To be used on a bicycle, not in a car!)

Cycling at Strumble Hean

Please Note:

The above cycling routes are modified versions of routes we used on our Pembrokeshire cycling holidays from 1989 to 2012, so some signposts may have changed.

Please do not reproduce these cycle routes in any form; for personal use only. To be used on a bicycle only - not in a car!

We take no responsibility and give no guarantees or warranties, implied or otherwise, for the accuracy or safety of the above routes. You use these cycle route maps entirely at your own risk. Please cycle responsibly and safely.

We will be posting more bike rides here later so watch this space.


Sustrans Cycling Map

South West Wales Cycle Map - shows on-road and traffic-free paths, height contours, 5 town centre maps, recommended linking routes connecting the National Cycling Network with quiet roads. Includes the Celtic Trail (route 4), Lôn Teifi, and Millennium Coast Park (near Llanelli). 1:110,000 scale.


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