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Title: Ysbryd y Mwynwyr - Spirit of the Miners
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Cycling


Whether it is the quiet rural lanes with their many wild flowers and the scent of summer Honeysuckle or whether it is the white knuckle adrenalin of a single track mountain bike trail, there is something in Ceredigion for all two wheeled enthusiasts.

On road riding

• For road Cyclists the Sustrans National Cycle Network has two routes in the area:
Cyclists at Teifi Pools

NCN route 81 - Lôn Cambria is a two centre ride between Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth, passing on its way the Elan Valley, Cwmystwyth and Pontrhydygroes.

NCN route 82 - Lôn Teifi stretches from Aberystwyth (via NCN81) to Pontrhydygroes where it then follows a southwestern direction along the quiet lanes of the Teifi river towards Cardigan and Fishguard.

Both NCN routes 81 & 82 pass through areas and communities once highly commercialised due to the lead mining industry.

• There are three Wales Cycle Breaks centres in Ceredigion catering for the needs of the cycle bourne visitor. Two of these centres are linked by the NCN route 82 in Lampeter & Tregaron and at the southern end of the county in Cardigan. The third centre is links the coastal towns of Aberaeron and New Quay.

• The Rheidol Trail is a waymarked Ceredigion cycle route that stretches from Aberystwyth to Devils Bridge exploring the quiet lanes of the Rheidol valley - known in mining circles for the Rheidol and associated mines. Why not take your bike on the train to Devils Bridge and ride back down the valley to Aberystwyth? Follow the link for the Rheidol Cycle Trail.

• The proposed Ystwyth Trail will allow you to take a ride from Aberystwyth to Tregaron along the route of the river Ystwyth. The Ystwyth Trail is a 34 km cycleway, bridleway and pedestrian trail that is currently under construction and when completed will be suitable for all abilities.

Mountain Biking
Cyclists at Nant yr Arian

• For the more adventurous, a Wales mountain bike centre is located at Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre. Situated on the A44 east of Aberystwyth, Bwlch Nant yr Arian provides over 35km of mountain bike routes in and around many historic mine areas.
From here areas such as Cwmsymlog, Cwmerfin, Goginan, Esgair Hir and Havan can be accessed using forest roads & trails. Note: Routes to these sites are not sign posted and will require a knowledge of map reading to be accessed.



For those more interested in adrenalin rather than old mine sites the centre provides three fantastic mountain bike routes:
Pendam Trail is 9km single-track route with some technically challenging sections
Summit Trail is more demanding but provides 16km of roller coaster biking over purpose-built single-track trail.
Continental Tyres Syfydrin Trail is the ultimate challenge at Bwlch Nant yr Arian. The trail takes in sections of the other two forestry trails extending the experience to a wilderness trail of over 35km.


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