Great family cycling routes

Traffic free or mountain biking

Let the kids rip

Family cycling routes in Pembrokeshire

When the kids are full of fun, family bike rides are a great way to see the countryside and burn off some excess energy.

Pembrokeshire has some great family-friendly cycling. Our traffic-free cycle routes take you along disused railway lines: flat, surfaced, scenic. While more adventurous riders will be happy blasting around our mountain bike trails.

So bikes out, helmets on and let the kids rip.

Road and track biking

Cardi Bach, Cardigan

  • Ride: 2-miles return
  • Café: Glasshouse Café, Welsh Wildlife Centre
  • Bike Hire: New Image Bicycles, Cardigan (01239 621 275)

The ‘Cardi Bach’ runs between Old Cardigan Bridge and the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cilgerran and winds its way through this beautiful reed marsh, alongside the Teifi River.

Every season has its place and there is always something going on. Huge flocks of wintering birds, enormous willow sculptures, outdoor children’s playground and the magnificent Glasshouse café are all waiting to be explored.

The Tramway, Saundersfoot

  • Ride: 4-mile return
  • Cafes: in Saundersfoot and Wiseman’s Bridge
  • Bike Hire: Mikes Bikes, Haverfordwest

Another disused railway line has been given a new lease of life between Saundersfoot, Wiseman’s Bridge and Stepaside.

This hugely popular walking and cycle trail hugs the cliffs along the seafront, from Saundersfoot, disappears into a tunnel and pops out in Wiseman’s Bridge before taking you up the aptly named Pleasant Valley to Stepaside.

You’re riding the old railway line that ran down from the old Ironworks, so lots of interesting features to look at. And the sea looks great from this angle too. Bring a torch!

Brunel Trail, Neyland – Johnston – Haverfordwest

For a longer ride head to the traffic-free Brunel Trail between the towns of Neyland, Johnston and Haverfordwest.

Enjoy miles of tranquil countryside with great views and a lovely mix of open fields, woodland and estuary.

  • Ride: 18 miles return
  • Café: Brunel Cafe, Neyland Marina
  • Bike Hire: Mikes Bikes, Haverfordwest

Family mountain biking

Not too long, not too muddy, not too hilly. We’ve got three great trails to test your off-road skills – all within sight of a café for that essential post-ride refreshment.

Pantmaenog Forest, Rosebush

  • Bike: 8 miles
  • Refreshments: Tafarn Sinc

Pantmaenog Forest is a wonderful playground for riders of all ages and the perfect place for families to have a go at mountain biking.

The trails are wide, open and easy to navigate around, so all you need to is get up there and play!

Llys y Fran Lake, near Haverfordwest

  • Ride: varying
  • Cafe: Llys y Fran
  • Bike Hire: on-site

There are over 9 miles or 14kms to explore at Llys y Fran set out in 4 trails: The family-friendly Velindre Route a just over 3 miles (out and back) starting from the visitor centre. It’s a gently undulating route past picnic areas, bird hides, and grassy meadows down the water’s edge. The Woodstock route is classed as difficult, starting on the opposite side of the dam, this challenging route tackles the gnarliest sections of gravel in the woodland for almost 7 miles or 11km on this out and back route.

If you combine Velindre and Woodstock you get The Reservoir Route, a complete circuit of the reservoir on a gravelled track. At almost 6.5 miles or 10km, this route is the best way to enjoy its hidden inlets and stunning views.

In addition, there are 1.5miles or 3.4km of additional trails that branch off the main Reservoir route, classed as blue or red.

St Govan’s Head – Stack Rocks, near Pembroke

  • Ride: 8 miles return
  • Cafe: Aunt Vi’s Tearoom, Bosherston
  • Bike Hire: Mikes Bikes, Haverfordwest

This is a fantastic stretch of riding and the only section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail that is accessible by bike. And it’s a military range, so no riding when they’re firing. You’ll be biking along cliff tops, so its quite flat, and the scenery is breathtaking – ‘Green Bridge of Wales’ and ‘St Govan’s Chapel’ are a must-see. The surface is nice and wide but can get rough in places, so mountain bikes recommended.

For more options Cycle Pembrokeshire is a must with another 20 routes of all lengths and difficulty, perfect for exploring right across Pembrokeshire. Happy cycling!