As part of a continuing program of rides on the National Cycle Network for past and present staff of Sustrans, friends and supporters, David Judd arranged a ride over the Royal Wedding weekend taking in all the best routes in south-west Wales.
Starting at Goodwick, scene of the last invasion of Great Britain, the route ran along the coast of the Irish Sea to the smallest City in the United Kingdom - St Davids and then followed St Bride’s Bay (famous for its sunsets) to Broadhaven. From there we went inland to Haverfordwest to pick up the route of Brunel’s famous broad-gauge railway to Neyland, his intended Atlantic Port.
At this point, we crossed the world’s second deepest harbour - Milford Haven - to historic Pembroke with its Castle. We then cycled on to Tenby and through to Saundersfoot via the Dramway Tunnels and thence via Amroth and Pendine to Laugharne, home of Dylan Thomas. We turned up the estuary to Carmarthen and the beautiful Towy Valley.
From the National Botanic gardens we descended on the 13 mile Swiss Valley cycleway along the historic Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Mineral Line that overlooks the Gwendraeth Valley. Reaching the coast again, we cycled from Pembrey to Llanelli through the fantastic Millennium Coast Park. From here we continued on to Penclawdd (famous for cockles and salt marsh lamb) followed by a quick tour of the Gower Peninsula, the country’s first Area of Outstanding National beauty with its fantastic views and beaches, ending up at Swansea with a final camp and entertainment at Dunvant Rugby Club.