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Sleep@ Calon y Fferi is the perfect choice for cyclists needing a base from which to cycle the many scenic routes West Wales has to offer
A convenient location for spectators of CARTEN100 and the Tour of Britain
There are 13 miles of country lanes taking the National Cycle Network (The Celtic Trail) from Kidwelly into Carmarthen, with a lovely seaside stretch around Ferryside, affording fine views. The Celtic Trail westwards is a scenic trail with something for everyone.
With stunning views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay, this coastal country park is one of the most popular in the UK. It is perfect for a long cycle, with numerous well-laid trails and the National Cycle Network Route 4 running through the park and the adjacent Pembrey Forest. Highlights include the gorgeous Cefn Sidan beach, golden sand and dunes, eight wildlife trails, Corsican pine forest and a conservation pond with bird hides.
The off-road cycle trail is perfect for a family cycle ride. The Ski Centre has an Alpine ski Lodge, a cafe and a floodlit 130-m dry ski slope. A selection of bikes can be hired from this area. There’s also a fantastic toboggan run and crazy golf, and pony trekking is on offer in the area.
If you’d like to continue your cycle, then head further into the adjacent Pembrey Forest, which covers nearly 2500 acres, with several lovely woodland trails and interesting wildlife.
For more information, please visit the park’s website.
This is a fantastic stretch of 15 coastal miles from Llanelli to Kidwelly, starting after the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve, onward to the Millennium Coastal Park, with its beautiful seaside dotted with cafés and ice-cream sellers. The surface is smooth tarmac throughout, but watch out for the sand that inevitably blows onto the path. It’s one of the few sections of the Wales Coast Path that is open to cyclists, with sections that are traffic free and incredible views of the sea from Pembrey Country Park to the Llanelli Discovery Centre. This section is one of the most popular sections of the Celtic Trail (National Cycle Network Route 4). Enjoy the wonderful views across to the Gower Peninsula. This would be a good ride to use in conjunction with the train, catching the train from Llanelli to Kidwelly and cycling back to the start with the prevailing westerly wind on your back. Two shorter rides would be from Kidwelly to the Pembrey Forest Visitor Centre and from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre to Pembrey Forest.
Bicycles can be carried in either direction aboard the ferry for free, at the owners’ risk. The boat has space to accommodate up to four bicycles on a single crossing. However, the rear part of the boat is not protected from the elements, so bicycles will get wet if it is raining. You can take the ferry and cycle to Laugharne (30 miles round trip) or go further to Tenby (28 miles one way) and get the train back.
47 Station Road, Burry Port SA16 0LP; tel: 01554 835895.
Take the train from Ferryside to Burry Port & Pembrey, and it’s a short walk from the station to the cycle shop.
Pembrey Country Park; tel: 01554 834443.
Hire from 2 hours to full days. The centre also offers all-inclusive cycling. Pre-booking is required due to the limited number of bikes. They can also provide staff to support service users needing assistance, free of charge.
The centre has a fleet of 25 bikes (including one toddler trailer and a Trek tandem), which visitors can hop aboard to explore the paths weaving through the millennium wetlands.