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Find out where you can cycle in Wales and what information you can get to plan your ride
Whether you fancy pedalling along a quiet cycle track or embarking on a more challenging ride, cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors.
As well as cycling on the road, there are plenty of other places to cycle in Wales.
Read on to find out where you can cycle.
Cycle tracks are public routes which have been created especially for cycling (walking and horse riding is allowed on some of them, too).
The National Cycle Network includes many of these cycle routes – see the Sustrans website for more information.
Many of the Sustrans routes go on roads through the forests or near the national nature reserves which are managed by Natural Resources Wales.
From the outskirts of Chester in the north to Chepstow in the south, the Wales Coast Path provides a continuous walking route around the whole of Wales.
Several parts of the Wales Coast Path are also sections of the National Cycle Network.
These sections are mostly flat, traffic free and on a hard surface.
See the cycling section on the Wales Coast Path website to find out more.
The Visit Wales website contains lots of useful information about cycling, including 10 of the best walks and cycle rides to take in the sights of castles, churches and chapels.
You can also see these routes on the online route planning and sharing website Trail-zilla.
The woodlands and forests managed by Natural Resources Wales are home to some of the most famous mountain biking trails in Wales – see our mountain biking page for more information.
If you are looking for a more sedate cycle ride, you can cycle on any forest roads.
There are cycle routes or other facilities for cycling at these woodlands and forests:
If you have a smartphone, you can download our free PlacesToGo app which includes all of these cycling routes along with information on recreation facilities.
Sometimes a public right of way has to be closed or diverted.
Signage on-site should tell you whether a public right of way is open or closed.
For more information about how exclusions or restrictions are applied to open access land, go to managing access.
Go to Woodlands and You to find out how to get permission to organise a cycling event in one of the woodlands managed by Natural Resources Wales.
The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside in England and Wales.
It aims to help everyone respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors.
You can download a copy of the Countryside Code before your ride.
Natural Resources Wales also has a forest cycle code of conduct which you can find on our mountain biking page.
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