Dramatic coastal scenery, sleepy villages: It's all out there waiting for you to discover.
Cycling in the Vale of Glamorgan is one of the best kept secrets in South Wales, now with a national cycle network passing through it.
The National Cycle Network (NCN88) route 88 cycleway is a mixture of on and off road routes throughout South Wales. Some of the route is suitable for family use whereas other stretches of it are more suitable for experienced road cyclists.
The Vale's Glamorgan Heritage Coast is well known to ramblers, with its dramatic Triassic, Liassic cliffs and expansive beaches, and this is also an area of natural beauty that is easily accessible on two wheels, with a relatively flat, fast cycle route hugging the coastline from Cardiff Bay to Bridgend.
Cycling Hightlights in the Vale
Circular rides in the Vale
Family Friendly Cycle Rides
Places to Stop
Here's a list of things not to miss when cycling around the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and countryside. This list is not a full list of everything great in the Vale, just a few that you could include in a great Vale of Glamorgan bike ride!
This stunning spot has the remains of a castle.
Ogmore Beach and river mouth
There are few other spots that sum up the beauty of the Heritage Coast. One of the best bike rides is from Ogmore beach then along the road to Southerndown. Click here for information on the full Glamorgan Heritage Coast Bike Ride
Wild beauty, golden sand and dramatic cliffs sum up Southerndown. The cycle ride down the steep hill will have you gripping the handlebars tight and then you’ll be cursing us on the way back up!
There’s also Dunraven Castle to explore.
St Donats Castle
You will pass St Donats on many of the bike rides from Llantwit Major as you head west. This castle is one of the longest continually inhabited castles in Wales. There are moats, dungeons, battlements and everything else you’d expect from a castle!
Nash Point Lighthouse
Want stunning views of the Bristol Channel? This is the spot! Find out more about Nash Point Lighthouse.
Dyffryn House, Gardens and Cafe
Stop here as part of your bike ride for a coffee and rest or go into Dyffryn Gardens. A beautiful place to visit anytime of year.
St Quentin’s Castle
Just outside of Cowbridge is St Quentin's Castle a 14th century CADW castle is easy to get to and incorporate into one of the Vale of Glamorgan cycling routes.
Cycle friendly cafes in the Vale
There’s nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold ride or a caffeine injection after you realise you still have 10 miles to go!
This isn’t intended to be a complete list of cafes in the Vale of Glamorgan but a selection of cyclist friendly cafes people who cycle in the Vale have suggested we include. If you find any more please let us know.
Cafe Velo, Llantwit Major
Right next door to Forza cycles in the charming Llantwit Major, Cafe Velo serves coffee and cake everyday except Mondays.
Cafe Nero, Cowbridge
You can find this cafe just off the high street in Cowbridge on Bird Lane near Waitrose.
On High Street in Cowbridge so easy to find with seats outside serving food, coffee and cake.
The Plug, Dinas Powys
Find it on Station Road in Dinas Powys. Cyclists welcome. Closed Mondays.
Cycling the Vale with Nicole Cooke
Nicole Cooke MBE is a Vale of Glamorgan girl born and bred and she also happens to have won an Olympic Gold medal in cycling!
Nicole grew up cycling the Vale as a youngster; “I’ve been lucky to have such beautiful roads as my daily training ground which meant that even during gruelling training sessions, the views and rolling countryside always made it a pleasure to be out on the bike.”
Why is the Vale of Glamorgan so great for cycling?
Watch the video below for Nicole’s thoughts on why the Vale is such a great place to ride your bike and also hear about her favourite routes along the Heritage Coast:
Want to try cycling further afield?
There's lots on offer, here's just a suggestion of cycling trips for you and or your family in South East Wales.