Cycling & Biking in Wales
As soon as you cycle across the border from England into Wales it becomes obvious you are in a different country. That such a small country should have more than its fair share of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty is unusual. Couple that with its own language, unspoilt traffic-free roads, and Celtic culture, and Wales reveals itself as perfect for cycle-touring.
Where else would you find mountains, pre-historic remains, wide river valleys, open moorlands, quirky small towns, and great surfing beaches all within cycling distance?
Wales really does have some of the best cycling areas - the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the Wye Valley, the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and the Llŷn peninsula, Anglesey, the Gower peninsula, and the Radnor Hills etc etc.
Wales is bilingual, though everyone speaks English. Welsh is the first language of about 30% of the population. Most place names and road signs are now in Welsh and English. For instance the Welsh for the town of Brecon is Aberhonddu (pro: aber-hon-thee, meaning mouth of the River Honddu), so you will see both names on the road sign, Aberhonddu and Brecon. Warning signs are also bilingual, with the Welsh usually first. The Welsh for SLOW is ARAF - you will see both words written on the road. See Understanding Welsh Place Names and for a bit of fun look over your shoulder at Badly-Translated Welsh Road Signs.
Enjoy your cycling holiday in Wales...