Our annual group cycle tour for 2016 was the Celtic Trail. Described as a ‘journey of discovery’, this is essentially a South Wales Coast-to-Coast route – from the Irish sea to the English border.
We began by travelling down to Haverfordwest and then headed over to the Ocean Lab, Fishguard – the beginning of the Celtic Trail. From here we cycled over 200 miles to the finish at Chepstow Castle.
The Celtic Trail West section follows the Pembrokeshire and Swansea coastlines. We visited the seaside resorts of Tenby, Saundersfoot and Swansea itself, and explored some traffic-free coastal routes including Millennium Coastal Park, Swansea Bike Park and the Brunel Trail.
The Celtic Trail East section then took us into the heart of the South Wales valleys, along many of the railway lines, tram roads and towpaths that once transported the raw materials of the industrial revolution. There were the valleys landscapes, the historic and natural attractions including Caldicot, Caerphilly and Chepstow Castles, Newport Wetlands, the Hengoed viaduct, and the country parks of Sirhowy, Penelta and Taff Bargoed along the scenic Three Parcs Trail.
As usual, we wrote daily blogs detailing our experiences. Yes, it was another great cycling experience!
You can follow our daily adventures by clicking on the links below:
You can also view the full Celtic Trail route we followed from Fishguard to Chepstow below: