Port Talbot to Kidwelly Cycle Route

Port Talbot to Kidwelly Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Part of the Celtic Trail, the 34 miles of mostly traffic-free cycling between Port Talbot and Kidwelly is cycling bliss. Just be aware from the outset that it isn’t a continuous traffic-free ride – there are segments on shared pavements, short sections on quieter urban roads, and some parts on quiet rural lanes.

The route map starts right by the Port Talbot train station, and ends at the train station in Kidwelly. This means you can cycle the whole route, and catch the train back, but do read my Bikes On Trains guide first.

All the photos, and most of the information in this guide was provided by Ade, Craig Ellis and Chris Humphreys. All errors are mine alone.

Surface

The surface varies. Most of it is on either good, or acceptable tar. Some of it is on self-compacting gravel, and short sections has a looser unsealed surface. It can get muddy after rain in certain parts
There are segments where near-permanent sandbanks overspill onto the path, and there’s a very narrow section later on, by the canal.

Bikes

The route is suitable for normal bikes. Trikes and many cargo bikes may struggle in parts.

Toilets

Available at the train stations at the start and end, and at several points along the ride.

Ratings

Safety: ⭐⭐⭐
Hilliness: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Refreshment stops: ⭐⭐⭐
Barriers: ⭐⭐
Surface: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall: ⭐⭐⭐

The grading system I use is explained here.

Points of Interest

Look out for the rich industrial heritage around the area, which is now rapidly being redeveloped.
Between Llanelli and Burry Port you’ll cycle past the spot where Amelia Earhart landed her plane, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.
The National Closed Road Racing Circuit is nearby. Unless there’s an event on, it’s open to all, and free.

See also  The Roman Road (Cambridge)

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Barriers

There is at least one set of gates, but recumbent trikes should be able to get through. A bigger barrier to trikes is the very narrow segment later on, by the canal.

Forecast for the Port Talbot to Kidwelly route

Because of the distance of this route, there are two forecasts.

What it looks like

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DayCycle

DayCycle routes are routes can can easily be cycled by most people in a day, or part of a day. Do have a look at all the other DayCycle routes available on WillCycle. Many contain detailed route guides, as well as embedded maps (like the one below) from which you can download the GPX file for the route.

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