Places to go an hour’s ride from Cardiff…

Inspired by a similarly titled WalesOnline article aimed at drivers, we though we’d take a look at places you could go that were no more than an hour or so’s ride (ok, sometimes closer to two…) from Cardiff.

As our starting point, we’ll use Sophia Gardens. Most trails lead here, so it seems like the best place to start. However, some routes to these places will vary in difficulty, but where there are links, you’ll find a route article with more detail.

  1. St Fagans
  2. Penarth Pier
  3. Roath Park Lake
  4. Castle Coch
  5. Cosmeston Lakes
  6. Caerphilly Castle
  7. Cafe Velo, Llantwit Major
  8. Hengoed Viaduct
  9. The Blue Anchor
  10. Cardiff Wales Airport
  11. Porthkerry Park
  12. Cowbridge
  13. Tredegar House & Country Park
  14. Goldcliff
  15. The Wenallt (beware, very steep hill)
  16. Barry Island
  17. Celtic Manor
  18. Peterston Super-Ely
  19. Caerphilly Mountain Snack Bar
  20. Welsh Hawking Centre
  21. Hensol Castle

Aside from having a bit of fun trying to work out points of interest that were accessible by bike within a reasonable timeframe, there was another motivation for doing this.

A number of the entries in this list are interesting places to go that we often ignore, simply because we live here. However, Cardiff & the wider region can be surprisingly good fun if you try to get into the mind of a tourist.

These are also places that we often pass on our rides and, some of the entries in the list are covered by routes we’ve already done.

The summer is coming, so we’ll continue to work on turning all of these into links. If there are any that you think we should have included, let us know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Places to go an hour’s ride from Cardiff…

  1. Could try cycling up the Mon and Brec Canal from Newport 40 odd miles up to Brecon lot of Pubs, several chip shops three Towns Cwmbran, Pontypool and Abergavvenny and a lot of villages on route.
    Railway stations at Newport, Cwmban, Pontypool and Abergavenny gets you up or down in hour past main roads to interesting bits.

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