Cycling the South Coast of Wales

Ride the South Wales Coast

7 days
from
£1,499
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Cycling
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
MEW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
New Cycling Holidays
Group size:
5–8
Ages:
16+

Cycle the idyllic coast of South Wales, all the way from Swansea to St Davids! 

Experience the wild beauty of the South Coast of Wales on a week's cycling adventure!

Starting in Swansea, this trip first passes through the interior of the Gower Peninsula AONB to the coast at Rhossili before taking in the wetland conservation areas of Llanelli. Crossing the River Towy to St Clears, the coastal path leads to charming Saundersfoot, passing through bucolic villages and farmland before culminating in one final ride to magical St Davids.

 

Highlights

  • Quiet routes along beautiful coastal paths
  • Riding the Gower Peninsula
  • Charming villages including Saundersfoot and St Davids 
  • Delightful villages & Welsh hospitality

Key information

  • 5 days cycling
  • 90% tarmac roads, 10% gravel or tracks
  • Group normally 5 to 8, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 6 nights family-run hotels, Inns and guesthouses, all en suite
  • Countries visited: United Kingdom, Europe

What's included

  • All breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Luggage transfers throughout week

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Visa and vaccinations
  • Single supplement (available on request and subject to availability)
  • Bike hire (optional extra if you do not wish to bring your own)
Call for general departures:
+91 98866 81381
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 90% tarmac and 10% gravel/unpaved

Day by day breakdown
Day 2 42.0km/26.0miles
Day 3 82.0km/51.0miles
Day 4 29.0km/18.0miles
Day 5 56.0km/35.0miles
Day 6 50.0km/31.0miles

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Itinerary

Swansea
to
Swansea
  • Day 1

    Start Swansea

    The trip starts this afternoon at our accommodation in Swansea. 

    After checking in (check in at the hotel is from 3pm), you will meet (approximately at 5pm) with other group members and your leader who will conduct a welcome meeting and will run through a bike and kit check. This evening, enjoy an included welcome dinner together. 

    Marriott Swansea or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Ride from Swansea through Gower Peninsula AONB to Llangennith

    It’s time to spin the legs and begin your adventure, leaving the city behind to head for the coast. Discover the beautiful interior of the Gower Peninsula AONB, arriving at the coast at Rhossili, famed for the Worm’s Head rock formation. We then continue on to end your day in the village of Llangennith where we stay overnight.

    The Kings Head Inn, Llangennith or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Cycle along the coast; the wetland conservation area of Llanelli, across the River Towy to St Clears

    From Llangennith, the route heads across the River Loughor and along the coast. Ride through the wetland conservation area of Llanelli, across the River Towy to arrive at your overnight stay in St Clears.

    Llety Cynin, St Clears or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ride the coastal path to charming Saundersfoot

    After breakfast, we depart St Clears, from where the route heads back toward the coast. Follow the scenic coastal path to the charming seaside village of Saundersfoot. 

    The Gower Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Cycle the coast onto Pembroke

    Today you head out along the coast, passing through the iconic beach village of Freshwater East and the famous rock formations at Elegug Stacks. The route continues past Freshwater West and the stone circle at Devil’s Quoit, before reaching Pembroke.

     Coach House Hotel, Pembroke or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Final ride to the delightful St Davids

    The final leg of journey takes you through farmland and villages to Haverford West, from where the route returns to the coast. From Broad Haven the route follows the coast along Newgale Sands before arriving at your final destination of St Davids, the smallest city in Britain and the final resting place of Wale's patron saint!

    St Davids Cross Hotel, St Davids or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Swansea; end of trip

    After breakfast, we depart St. Davids and transfer 1.5 hours back to Swansea (arriving approx. 12 noon) where upon arrival our trip ends.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

United Kingdom

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Lunches can be purchased from local bakeries, cafes and mini-markets which will offer you the opportunity to try lots of local produce and delicacies. 

Dinners will be taken at accommodations we stay at or traditional local pubs along the way.

Weather

Summers in Wales tend to be slightly cooler than you might expect and winters can be milder, especially on the coast, while higher, upland areas have more chance of harsher (and colder) weather conditions. The warmest months to visit are from June through to August, although temperatures start to warm up around April and remain pleasant until October time. We advise you take waterproofs as rain / showers can occur at any time of year.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)

This trip is classified Road

Average daily distance: 52km (32 miles) with 5 days cycling

Terrain and route: 90% tarmac roads, 10% gravel/unpaved roads

This trip will require a moderate to good level of fitness as all the rides are point to point on mainly surfaced, undulating roads with no vehicle support. Most of the route follows minor roads with light traffic. However, there are some short sections on larger roads where traffic may be heavier, but these are kept to a minimum. Climbs tend to be short but relatively steep in nature, rather than long and sustained, reflecting the coastal topography, dropping into and climbing out of bays and inlets. There are some flatter sections which tend to follow estuaries inland. 

Call for general departures:
+91 98866 81381
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Ride the South Wales Coast

Throughout the week, you will spend 6 nights in generally locally owned, family-run hotels, Inns and guesthouses. The accommodations have been selected for their charm, character and offer a comfortable stay. All accommodations is en suite.

We plan to stay in the following hotels, though may need to change due to availability. In that event a hotel of the same quality will be used: 

The Kings Head Inn, Llangennith

Llety Cynin, St Clear

The Gower Hotel, Bishopston

 Coach House Hotel, Pembroke

St Davids Cross Hotel, St Davids 

 

Call for general departures:
+91 98866 81381
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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