Bothies…

One of the areas we aim to explore in 2017 is bikepacking. The idea of putting a few things in a bag and heading off down the road to spend a night or three under the stars is something that appeals greatly. However, when there are no stars to see, the wind is howling and conditions turn biblical sometimes a brick & mortar shelter is the order of the day. Bothying As people started to retreat from their remote farms to look for work in the cities, many of the buildings they vacated were left where they stood. Some of these … Continue reading Bothies…

St David's Day…by bike!

March 1st is St David’s Day here in Wales. The good news is, for 2016 CADW is to open a number of its historic castles and monuments to the public for free. Many of Wales’s heritage sites are to open up for free this St David’s Day (1 March 2016), as visitors are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy Cadw sites across the country without charge. Source: Welsh heritage sites to open for free on St David’s Day Unfortunately, Cardiff Castle isn’t on the list because it is run by Cardiff Council, but Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle are. … Continue reading St David's Day…by bike!

Forest Tea Rooms, Tongwynlais

With the Taff Trail being such a well-worn path, it’s surprising that there’s a lack of commercial activity trying to take advantage of it, at least through Cardiff. However, every so often, something interesting turns up. Forest Tea Rooms is set just off Heol-y-Fforest (it’s the next left after the castle as you head up from Tongwynlais) and is part of a number of different enterprises, most notably a wood burning stove retailer. Given the wood-burning stove connection, there’s no prizes for guessing where Forest Tea Rooms gets its heat from. The place is littered with wood burning stoves that … Continue reading Forest Tea Rooms, Tongwynlais

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

Visible from most of Cardiff and sat smack-bang on the Taff Trail, Castell Coch is an excellent place to take the bike. However, can you park your bike when you get there? The answer is yes. There’s three Sheffield stands to the right of the castle –enough space for six bicycles and allowing you to park up securely & take a look around this impressive 19th Century Neo-Gothic building. We’ve added them to OpenStreetMap for easy reference. There’s also a cafe just to the left of the main entrance, should you feel the need for some sustenance after the somewhat brutal … Continue reading Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

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. St Fagans Penarth Pier Roath Park Lake Castle Coch Cosmeston Lakes Caerphilly Castle Cafe Velo, Llantwit Major Hengoed … Continue reading Places to go an hour's ride from Cardiff…