Family friendly cycle routes Wales Welsh cycling isn’t all mountain biking. We also have hundreds of miles of wonderful traffic free routes thanks to the National Cycle Network. Many of the routes also connect with holiday areas, country parks and historic attractions, allowing you to combine your traffic-free bike ride with a Welsh sight-seeing experience. You won’t always need a bike – hire is plentiful – just a free hour or two. Saddle up, easy riders. Cardiff to Castell Coch Castell Coch, Cardiff This cycle route offers a riverside ride along the Taff river with its own magic when Castell Coch appears like a medieval fairytale fortress. Victorian, actually, but don’t tell the kids. 14 miles return Tarmac, largely traffic-free Café in Castell Coch Search for cycling operators in Cardiff Elan Valley Trail, Mid Wales Elan Valley Reservoir, Powys, Mid Wales Four reservoirs pooled in the hills, a smooth trail looping along the banks and buzzards overhead. The Elan Valley Trail is an ideal introduction to off-road cycling that’s like the great outdoors only without the mud. And with a handy café. 18 miles return Tarmac or gravel, largely traffic-free Café in Elan Valley Visitor Centre Search for cycling operators in Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia The Mawddach Trail is a spectacular route from historic Dolgellau to the beach at Barmouth. On either side are the foothills of Cader Idris and the gorgeous Mawddach estuary. Birdlife twitters in RSPB reserves. The estuary winks in the sun. All is well with the world. 19 miles return Tarmac, traffic-free Refreshments in Penmaenpool and Barmouth Search for cycling operators in Dolgellau Millennium Park, Llanelli The last car you’ll see is the one you leave at the Discovery Centre in Llanelli. This superb route to Pembrey hugs the coast, providing views of sea and hills. There’s wildlife too: nature in reserves and flamingos in the National Wetland Centre of Wales. 14 miles return Tarmac, traffic-free Refreshments at each end Search for cycling operators in Carmarthenshire Peregrine Path, Monmouth This route zig-zags across the Welsh-English border along the River Wye. There are canoes all the way from Hay on Wye to Monmouth and castles at Skenfrith and Monmouth. Pack a picnic for The Kymin then go and see The Shire Hall and you have a one-day mini-adventure straight from a children’s storybook. Ace. 10 to 16 miles return Tarmac, largely traffic-free Plentiful refreshments Search for cycling operators in Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Lôn Eifion Cycleway, Caernarfon Lon Eifion Cycle Route, North Wales Saddle up for a picturebook cycle route through North Wales. There’s Caernarfon castle and steam trains on the Welsh Highland Railway, then views of Snowdonia’s peaks and Caernarfon Bay, and pretty villages and crafts at the Inigo Jones Slateworks in Groeslon. Normally that’s a holiday. Here it’s one morning. 24 miles return Tarmac or gravel, traffic-free Café in slateworks Search for cycling operators in Caernarfon Port Talbot to Afan Forest Park A stunning route that winds through the wildlife-rich Afan Forest, taking in some great artwork, including the Afan Valley Portrait Bench featuring three local icons. Your final destination is the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre where you can visit the South Wales Miners' Museum; enjoy World class mountain biking trails, or grab a drink and soak up the panoramic views. 12 miles return Tarmac, traffic-free Refreshments in Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre Search for cycling operators in Swansea Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Quirky heritage sites Wales has masses of eccentric attractions. We’ve an odd feeling you’re going to like them. Wild walks with children We love boardwalks. They’ll take you and the kids deep into the wild, but not the mud. 10 great family walks Reluctant ramblers become fearless explorers on these epic mini-adventures. Free family attractions Mountains, beaches, the views – they’re all on the house. So are these attractions. Toddler friendly beaches Children love beaches, so here are 10 that are both easy to enjoy, and easy to reach. A Welsh safari Take the children on a safari round Wales and meet our wonderful wildlife.