Tenby harbour

'BEST OF THE WEST' TOUR

EXPLORE THE VERY BEST OF THE WEST WALES LANDSCAPE, HISTORY AND CULTURE

This tour showcases the varied and spectacular landscape of West Wales. The tour starts high in the Cambrian Mountains, a remote and rugged terrain known as the 'Desert of Wales'. From here, you'll spend three days following the river Teifi as it winds through rolling hills and lush green countryside, and towards the sea at Cardigan. The route then takes you into Pembrokeshire, where you'll explore a spectacular coastline and Wales's only coastal national park.

Along the way, there are several opportunities to discover West Wales's history, culture and gastronomy. Visit castles and medieval abbeys, learn about the region's industrial and cultural heritage, explore St David's (the smallest city in the United Kingdom), and sample the very best Welsh produce (we especially love the great cheese and home-made ice cream, freshly baked welsh cakes, and the fantastic choice of real ale and artisan gin). You'll visit busy market towns and colourful seaside villages; our detailed route notes are full of suggestions of where to stop and what to do, based on our own local knowledge of the itinerary.


Type of tour: Self-guided

Duration: 9 days/8 nights

Difficulty: Medium

Price: from £1099

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Price

SELF-GUIDED TOUR - £1099 (based on 2 people sharing)

  • Single supplement - £199
  • Upgrade to e-bike - £105pp per tour

Also available on request:

  • Airport transfer
  • Experienced local guide and/or support vehicle
  • Additional accommodation before/after your tour

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive accommodation
Check in to accommodation. Hire bikes delivered and fitted.

Day 2– Source of the River Teifi to Lampeter (24 miles)

We'll transfer you and your bike to the source of the river Teifi in the Cambrian Mountains. From there you will descend to the river valley and have the option of visiting Strata Florida Abbey, before joining the Ystwyth Trail cycle path alongside the Cors Caron wetland system. After passing through the market town of Tregaron you'll head towards Lampeter on quiet country lanes, and your final destination for the day.

Day 3 – Lampeter to Newcastle Emlyn (25 miles)

From Lampeter, you'll set out over rolling green hills and along forested single-track lanes, until you get to the market town of Llandysul. Next stop along the river is the village of Drefach Felindre, once a hub of Wales's thriving woollen industry; learn about the region's industrial heritage at the fantastic National Wool Museum. From here, it's only a few more miles to your destination for today, the market town of Newcastle Emlyn.

Day 4Newcastle Emlyn to Cardigan (18 miles)

Today's route takes you downstream to Cenarth, a small village famous for its history of salmon fishing using the traditional coracle boat. Continuing along the river, you'll arrive at the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran, from where you can pedal into Cardigan along the river-side cycle path. You can have a wander around town and visit the award-winning Cardigan Castle, before heading out towards Gwbert and your accommodation overlooking Cardigan Bay and the beautiful Poppit Sands.

Day 5Cardigan to Newport (19 miles)

Crossing the Teifi estuary sees you leave behind the county of Ceredigion and begin your adventure through Pembrokeshire, famed for its stunning coastal scenery. You won’t be disappointed as you pass through the beautiful riverside village of St. Dogmaels, with its ruined abbey. Heading south along the coast you pass through the village of Moylegrove and have the option of detouring through the Nevern, on your way to the beautiful seaside village of Newport. Here expect to find a range of fantastic cafés and pubs with delicious local food. A short walk down to Parrog gives you great views across the mouth of the estuary.

Day 6 – Newport to St. Davids (39 miles)

This is the longest day of cycling on this tour. Your day begins with a climb up into the hills overlooking the coast. Your efforts are rewarded by a beautiful descent through the Gwaun Valley. You rejoin the coastline at the port of Fishguard, from where you head out towards the breathtaking Strumble Head along quiet country lanes. Your destination, St. Davids, is the smallest city in Britain; with its imposing cathedral and excellent choice of cafes and restaurants, this is an ideal place to explore Welsh history and enjoy great Welsh hospitality.

Day 7 –St. Davids to Haverfordwest (22 miles)

From St. Davids, you pass through the beautiful harbour village of Solva (where you can taste great home-made welsh cakes!) before taking in views across the sweeping open beach at Newgale and stunning cliffs on the way to the wide sandy beach in the village Broad Haven. From here you head inland through a series of quiet lanes to the county town of Haverfordwest, where you will find a busy town centre with cafés, shops and a nice walk alongside the river Cleddau.

Day 8 –Haverfordwest to Tenby (23miles)

Linking Haverfordwest with the riverside town of Neyland is a lovely cycle route which follows an old railway track. You will eventually cross the impressive Cleddau river, with views across the Milford Haven waterway, Wales’s largest natural harbour. Passing through Pembroke Dock, you arrive in Pembroke itself and it's well worth taking a rest to visit its imposing medieval castle. The last stage of the day's riding takes you along quiet country lanes to the bustling Victorian seaside town of Tenby. End your tour with a walk on glorious beaches and stunning coastal views.

If you'd like more information about the itinerary for this tour, get in touch.

What's Included

The tour includes:

  • 8 nights B&B accommodation
  • Transfer to/from accommodation at the start/end of the tour as required
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Detailed route instructions and local information prepared by us
  • Emergency back-up service
  • Bike hire (with optional upgrade to e-bike)

Accommodation

The accommodation for this tour includes independent hotels and inns, all providing ensuite accommodation, a full Welsh breakfast, and storage for your bike! They have been chosen because of their great location on the routes, the warm welcome extended to cyclists, and the relaxed and often charming environment they provide. Several places allow you to dine in, or are well located for a choice of pubs, cafes or restaurants.

We can also tailor this tour for your accommodation requirements, and there are options for all budgets and group sizes - get in touch and let us know what you need.

Customise your Tour

West Wales is a fantastic area for cycling, but there's also a lot more to do. So why not customise your tour, stay a bit longer, and do some more exploring of these fantastic mountains, hills and coastline. Here are some ideas for your Welsh adventure.

ON LAND

There are plenty of opportunities for walking, whether it be hiking in the Cambrian Mountains or on the Wales Coast Path, or more leisurely strolls from your overnight stops as part of the tour. We can advise on routes, and arrange local guides and luggage transfer if you'd like.

There are also options for guided overland tours, for off-the-beaten-track itineraries that take in West Wales's beautiful, unspoilt landscapes.

This part of Wales has a growing reputation for excellent food and drink, and we can help to arrange bespoke visits and tours that take in the best eateries and producers the area has to offer. Through an exploration of the region's varied gastronomy, gain a great insight into Wales's history, culture and people.

ON WATER

With this tour following the beautiful river Teifi as it winds its way towards Cardigan Bay, and then the rugged Pembrokeshire coastline, why not combine cycling with some water-based adventures.

There's fantastically relaxing canoeing to be done on the Teifi, or why not have a go at some sea kayaking or coasteering. Boat trips are also a great option for seeing wildlife, including seals, dolphins and puffins if you're lucky.