Cycling in Swansea Bay
Explore Swansea and its Rural Areas by Bike
Travel around the Swansea Bay area using the excellent cycle routes, suitable for all ages - Find out more by consulting the cycle maps linked below
Bikes on trains and buses - useful information from Traveline Cymru about getting on trains and buses with your bike - what you can / can't do etc
Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea boast numerous high quality cycle routes, suitable for all from beginners to the more advanced cyclists. The Swansea Bay Cycle Routes tube style map can be found at www.cycleswanseabay.org.uk Because this map is aimed at commuters, the new maps focus on routes which, where possible, take the most direct and flattest journey and are suitable for all types of bikes
For more infornation on cycling and its rural areas please visit www.swanseabaywithoutacar.com
Leisure Cycling in the City of Swansea
Swansea has a network of cycling routes, many of them off-road, and others which are advisory ‘cycle friendly’ roads. The National Cycle Network (NCN) has a number of routes in and around Swansea:
NCN 4 (from east) through seaward side of South Dock and Marina to run along the seashore to Blackpill then Clyne Valley to Gowerton (to west); a local route connects Blackpill with Mumbles along the coast path.
NCN 43 from junction with NCN 4 near sail bridge, alongside A4217 road for two kilometres then through Enterprise Zone to Morriston (to north)
Attractive local routes are through Singleton Park; and from the city centre to the Liberty Stadium with two off-road routes through the Enterprise Zone.
Cycling in Gower
Cycling in much of the peninsula is a challenge that only experienced and confident cyclists can tackle in safety. However there are some routes and quiet country lanes suitable for the less confident and family cyclists. We include four such routes, some of which we recommended cycles are brought by car to the start to avoid difficult main roads.
Blackpill to Gowerton and back
Part of the national cycle network (route NCN4), is completely off-road and well-surfaced; accessible from central Swansea using the coastal cycle way (NCN4). Refreshments and toilets are available at Blackpill, Killay & Gowerton.
Crofty to Llanrhidian and back (optional return over Welsh Moor)
Via the lightly-trafficked Marsh road between Crofty and Llanrhidian, a beautiful and flat ride of 5kms with views over the estuary; it can be windy and should be avoided at times of high tides when it is liable to flood. Refreshments are available at Crofty and Llanrhidian and toilets at the Service Station at Llanrhidian. Experienced cyclists can return on the minor road over Welsh Moor to Three Crosses to make a circle back to Crofty.
Two routes from Parkmill:
Green Cwm out and back
This quiet country lane leads up from Parkmill through secluded, attractive and historic (early industry) interest in Green Cwm. Ride for about 1.5kms into Park Woods before returning; refreshments and toilets at Gower Heritage Centre.
Reynoldston via Cefn Bryn and back
Start as above from Parkmill, taking the minor road to Park Woods, turn left at Gower Way (marker stone 15) through the woods to the public bridleway above Penmaen. Turn right and follow this to Cefn Bryn (Gower’s highest point) crossing the road near the summit and turning left to Reynoldston 500m further on. Return via the main road is not advisable for safety reasons so retrace your tracks as you came. Route length is c.7kms each way. Refreshments/toilets at Heritage Centre and at King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston
Three routes for the more experienced cyclist
We provide detailed information on three routes provided by Swansea Wheelrights which permit half day explorations of the (mainly north) side of the peninsula. Download the PDFs below (links coming soon)
Heart of Gower Route
Llanmadoc Circular Route
North Gower Circular
Traffic Free Cycling in Mumbles
The coastal path has separate pedestrian and cycle lanes all the way from Swansea to Mumbles. This popular amenity is part of the Wales Coast Path and is dual use to Mumbles Pier. The walking trail continues round the coast through Bracelet and Langland Bays to Caswell Bay and the Gower peninsula.
Off-Road Leisure Cycling in Neath Port Talbot
Neath, Port Talbot and the valleys have a network of cycling routes, many of them off-road. The National Cycle Network (NCN) has a number of routes in and around Neath and Port Talbot:
NCN 4 (from east) through Margam, Port Talbot and Briton Ferry and on to Swansea and beyond.
NCN 43 from junction with NCN 4 at Swansea then through the Swansea Valley to Ystalyfera.
NCN 46 from Neath through the Vale of Neath to Glynneath and on to Merthyr and beyond.
NCN 47 from a junction with NCN 4 at Briton Ferry through Neath and a high level route to Glyncorrwg and beyond.
Attractive local routes are:
Port Talbot (connect with NCN 4) through the Afan Valley to Cymmer with junction to NCN 885 south to Maesteg and NCN 887 north to Glyncorrwg (NCN 47).
Port Talbot (connect with NCN 4 via street riding) to Bryn along Cwm Dyffryn.
Port Talbot (connect with NCN 4 via street riding) to Aberafan Seafront, Sandfields and Briton Ferry (connect with NCN 4 & NCN 47).
Other advisory safe on-road cycling is shown on the cycling map.
Mountain Biking in Afan Forest Park
Afan Forest Park is world renowned for its mountain biking trails and facilities, is close to NCN 4 and NCN 46; bisected by NCN 47. For those wishing to come by train, it is easily reached by travelling to Port Talbot Parkway, from which there is a connecting cycle trail to the Afan Valley.
IET Trains: 1x9 or 2x5: 4 spaces; 1x5: 2 spaces
TfW Trains: 2 spaces per train
Cycling in North Swansea and Mawr
National Cycle Route (NCN4) passes south of the area between Gowerton and Loughor and on to the Llanelli Millennium Coastal Path. There is a connecting local cycle path between Gorseinon and Grovesend (reached on-road between Gowerton and Gorseinon) with a future extension in prospect to Pontarddulais. NCN43 between Swansea, Morriston and Clydach is a good way to reach the Mawr via Craig Cefn Parc.
North of the M4 motorway, there is an extensive network of country roads bounded by Craig Cefn Parc to the east, Llangyfelach, Pontlliw and Pontarddulais to the south and west are quiet and very scenic (though steep in places) and good cycling country.
Swansea Bay Cycle Maps
You can view the Swansea Bay Cycle Map from your PC, Phone or Tablet by clicking on this link:
Or you can download a copy of the map as a PDF by using the link below:
- Afan Valley Bike Shed, Afan Argoed Mountain Bike Hire (for Neath Port Talbot and Afan Forest Park areas)
- Afan Valley mtb, Glyncorrwg and Bryn Betws Mountain Bike Hire (for Neath Port Talbot and Afan Forest Park areas)
- Santander Cycles Swansea (suitable for Swansea City Centre and Mumbles areas) - get a little bit more out of life with Santander Cycles - a fun, healthy and easy way to get around Swansea, based at Swansea Universities’ Singleton and Bay Campuses
- Action Bikes Swansea (Swansea area)