Cycling

Cycling is good for you for a number of reasons:

  • Cycling is enjoyable;
  • Cycling is good for your health (Cyclists typically have a level of fitness equivalent to being 10 years younger (Tuxworth, Nevill, White and Jenkins, 1986));
  • Cycling gets you to your destination quicker than walking (at busy periods, or in busy cities, it can be quicker than driving);
  • Cycling reduces the number of cars on the roads, thereby reducing the amount of air pollution;
  • Cycling is cheaper than taking the car;
  • You can in most cases, take your bicycle on trains, and in some cases the bus, allowing you to continue your journey further afield.
  • Cycling is great for families, as it encourages children to keep active from a young age.

Where to go

Sustrans

Within Caerphilly county borough there are many places to ride for pleasure.  Sustrans are the charity involved with sustainable transport, including cycling. Their website is full of useful information, including maps of cycleways (many of which are traffic free).

Loops and Links

The National Cycle Route Network (NCN) Route 47 runs from Newport to Fishguard, a total of 134 miles. 12 miles of this are within the county borough.  The Loops and Links website has further information about this route.

Cwmcarn

If you prefer off road riding, Cwmcarn Forest has an award winning cross country trail – the ‘Twrch Trail’, and a Downhill trail like no other – ‘Y Mynydd’.  There are other mountain bike centres within an hours drive of Cwmcarn, if you are planning a weekend or short break in the area.

Discovering Caerphilly

Aside from the manmade trails, Caerphilly is packed with natural paths through the countryside utilising bridleways, restricted byways and forest roads. Ordnance Survey maps show these routes and are an invaluable tool for navigation.  There are also local loops which are ridden more regularly by bike clubs and groups.  Many of these clubs can be found on the internet.

Road cycling is also a very popular discipline, and the Tour of Britain has a stage which finishes with two laps of Caerphilly Mountain and a finale in front of Caerphilly Castle.

There are many clubs and social groups involved in road cycling, these can generally be found on the internet.  Road cycling generally covers greater distances than any other discipline and maintains a higher average speed.

There is also a Pump Track on Van Road in Caerphilly, which is a set of jumps and berms suited to bmx and freeride bikes.  Parking is in the Forestry Commission’s Coed Parc-y-Van car park, with a short walk / ride to the track.

Accessibility

Cycling is accessible to all, regardless of ability.  There are local businesses who supply bikes in the county borough.

Website by Andy Grant