Easter Cyclists

There’s been some beautiful weather in Pembrokeshire over the Easter holidays.

Hirers have arrived back in Newport with the great post-cycling grins that make it all worthwhile for us.

As expected, the route over to the Gwaun Valley and back via ‘Bessie’s’ pub has proved the most popular. We also had good reports of a trip to Moylegrove with stop for lunch at Penrallt Ceibwr garden centre and superb view of sea and Preselis on the way back.

One of this season’s new 29er mountain bikes was put through its paces off-road with encouraging results – the comment:”It was so easy going uphill it felt like cheating!”

Thanks everyone – hope to see you again soon.


Prehistory Cycle Tours

Experienced local archaeologist, Helen Manley Jones starts her Prehistory Car Tours on Thursday 17th April.

She will be meeting groups at Newport Tourist Information Centre at 9.30 a.m. for a drive around the area, stopping at a number of sites such as Pentre Ifan burial chamber, Preseli bluestone sites, stone circles etc.

Carreg Coetan, Newport

Carreg Coetan Arthur burial chamber, Newport

Routes may be tailored to suit each group but will always reach Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort at 12.30. A visit to the fort, guided by Helen is included in the car tour price of £15 per person.

Carningli Bike Hire, with Helen’s help has devised self-guided Prehistory Cycle Tours for those who prefer to explore on two wheels.
There are several options, from a short but beautiful ride to Nevern to a full length tour of the Preselis.
Our favourite takes 2 – 3 hours, depending on how long you wish to spend at each prehistoric site. It can be ridden any time but is designed so that you can arrive at Castell Henllys at 12.30 on a car tour Thursday. Basic refreshments (tea/coffee, crisps etc) will be available in the shop and you can join Helen’s guided tour. (Entry to the site will be payable – Helen’s tour included).

For more detail on the cycle routes, please contact Carningli Bike Hire, Carningli Centre, East St, Newport, Pembs, SA42 0SY. Phone: 01239 820724/820091, email: info@carningli.co.uk

For car tours: Castell Henllys: 01239 891319 or Helen: 07967 019028

Pembrokeshire cycling events

Two road cycling events are coming up in Pembrokeshire later in the Spring.

First is the Tour of Pembrokeshire on 26th April. The main tour, with options of 50 or 75 mile routes is fully booked, with spaces still available for the Sunday family ride.

We hear they are looking for a couple of volunteer marshals in Newport. We will be unable to help due to another commitment – sorry to miss it.

The following weekend, on Sunday 4th May, Velo Teifi’s Preseli Angel starts on the Parrog in Newport, with facilities provided at the Boat Club.

This will be the seventh ‘Angel,’ offering well chosen routes of 40 and 78 miles.  The views, especially across the Preselis are magnificent enough to compensate for the sharpness of some of the climbs.

Bike hire holiday

Graham rides into Kenmare

Graham rolls into Kenmare after crossing the Healy Pass from Cork to Kerry

Back in Newport after a break in the Beara, in the far South West of Ireland.

The area is full of excellent routes along quiet back lanes with fabulous views. Graham enjoyed a few excursions made even better by superb early spring weather.

A bike ride, Beara Way, Ireland

On a ride, Beara Bike Route, West Cork

Early Season bike hiring.

The 2014 season has started.

The first hardy cyclists have hired bikes as part of their half-term breaks. It was brilliant to see the smiles on the faces of a father and son when they brought their bikes back after what must have been a mud-fest. Bikes and riders both showed the evidence, despite the glorious sunny weather that day.




More on the new bikes

voodoo bike, Carningli Centre

New Voodoo Aizan at Carningli Centre

After yesterday’s storm, today is calm and bright, giving Graham the chance to try out one of the new bikes. He noticed the slight decrease in manoeuvrability compared with 26 inch wheeled mountain bikes but found the improved comfort of the ride and ease of climbing uphill more than compensated for that. I was pleased to hear that the 20″ frame was a little too large for Graham who, at 6’1″ is not as tall as some.  One reason for choosing larger-wheeled models was that they might suit taller riders – we await feedback.

Voodoo bike, Parrog

Voodoo Aizan at Newport, Parrog

New Prehistory Cycle Tours

Local archaeologist, Helen Manley Jones starts her guided prehistory tours this Spring.

She will be running weekly car tours every Thursday, starting at Newport’s Tourist Information Centre and finishing with a visit to Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

We are working with her on a bicycle version of the tours. The routes are not yet finalised – there is such a wealth of ancient sites in North Pembrokeshire that the possibilities seem almost endless. However, we are thinking in terms of three cycle routes to cater for different abilities/tastes.

More detail is on its way – we aim to have it all ready for Easter.

In the meantime you can contact Helen via her website ycwtch.com