Sacred Cycling in Wales

Adapted from a report by the Church of Wales

A new map of the National Cycle Network in Wales, identifying how 49 of Wales’ most historic sites can be accessed on bike, was launched at the National Eisteddfod.

The Sacred Trails map, produced by charity Sustrans with the Church in Wales and Cadw, the Welsh government’s historic environment service, provides four rides linking some of the most scenic sections of the National Cycle Network with some of the nation’s most historic and sacred sites.

Promoting 49 sacred sites in Wales, the map allows people to plot a short day trip to take in multiple sites, or combine a more challenging multi-day ride with some Welsh history.

The leaflet maps out prominent sacred places along the National Cycle Network in Wales, including cathedrals, churches, chapels, shrines, and holy wells, as well as prehistoric burial chambers and ancient carved crosses. There are also castles and monuments, each with their own story to tell and unique sense of peace and spirituality.

“We are blessed in Wales with an incredible legacy of spiritual places, including fabulous cathedrals, which are free to visit,” said the Rt. Rev. Wyn Evans, Bishop of St. Davids. “This trail gives visitors a full and unique picture of Wales, its heritage and culture and deep sense of spirituality. It also offers a real challenge for the intrepid to complete the whole route and perhaps raise money for good causes. We are delighted to have worked with Cadw and Sustrans on the project and to promote with them the opportunities Wales has to offer.”

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