5 Scenic Cycle Routes in Pembrokeshire
With its quiet country roads, traffic-free trails and breathtaking scenery, Pembrokeshire is a top spot for a cycling holiday. Home of the internationally acclaimed Tour of Pembrokeshire, the varied terrain attracts professional and amateur cyclists from all over the world.
So, whether you want to channel your inner Olympian or just take it easy and enjoy the amazing scenery, we’ve got plenty of cycle routes that to suit varying degrees of ability (and enthusiasm)!
5 Great Bike Rides
- Pantmaenog Forest is mountain biking heaven, with 12km of wide trails that thread across the stunning landscape near the ancient Preseli hills. There’s lots of fun to be had here for riders of all abilities, but make sure you go the right way! Signposts direct cyclists and horse riders in opposite directions on the same trail so they can’t sneak up on each other (but it’s always best to keep your eyes peeled just to be on the safe side).
- Visit Llys y Fran Country Park near Haverfordwest and you can choose from two routes around the reservoir, depending on how adventurous you’re feeling. Take the 1.5 mile family trail on the eastern side if you want a reasonably gentle ride with just a flavour of off-road biking and plenty of places to stop and catch your breath. Carry on through the woodland if you fancy tackling the shale slopes, steep climbs and hair-raising descents of the 6.5 mile mountain biking trail. Just make sure you’ve got enough energy left to get back up the punishing hill to the car park.
- The Last Invasion Trail near the seaside town of Fishguard takes you along the spectacular coastal route where French forces last tried to invade Britain in 1797. The 14 mile trail boasts a few pretty steep climbs and the odd rough track, which can get muddy in bad weather, but the views of the coast, seabird colonies and Strumble Head’s lighthouse make it well worth the effort.
- The circular 14 mile Gwaun Valley cycle route is a challenging ride over a variety of terrain, with some feisty climbs and heart-stopping downhill sections. Snaking through ancient woodland in a picturesque river valley, this route has some stunning scenery and affords great views across the nearby Preseli hills. An exhilarating mix of road riding and woodland trails.
- Nearby St Davids Airfield, a disused relic from World War II, is a lovely spot to enjoy a lazy bike ride. Now a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the airfield has heaths and wetlands that are home to a wide variety of animal and plant life. A peaceful place to get away from it all, generally quite flat and only a few miles long. A good route if you have young children or less experienced cyclists in the group.
Start Your Cycling Adventure in Pembrokeshire
Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you don’t have to follow a set route. There are so many lovely trails winding through the peaceful Pembrokeshire countryside that it’s easy to create a route of your own. Just make sure you have a map, so you can navigate your return to Warpool Court Hotel (we like our guests to come back)!
So, as it’s Bike Week in June, why not pump up your tyres and get on your bike for a cycling adventure here in Pembrokeshire? You can book one of our luxury rooms, or choose the secluded Garden Cottage situated in our hotel grounds, if you’d prefer a self-catering option. Simply get in touch online or give us a call on 01437 720300.