Pembrokeshire Road Cycle (Ride 2 of 3) – Pembroke Circular 30 Miles
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Join us for a 50km (30 mile) circular road ride from Pembroke. I came across this route on the Guardian website, labelled as one of the five best scenic bike rides in Wales. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/sep/22/five-best-scenic-bike-rides-wales-snowdonia-pembrokeshire
The ride begins in Pembroke and includes the only sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path open to cyclists. “The route makes a loop to Angle and the big sandy beach at West Angle Bay before crossing the dunescape of Brownside Burrows towards the Castlemartin Firing Range. The rough gravel track along the cliffs is the highlight of this ride, with burned-out tanks on the left and an expanse of blue sea to the right. From St Govan’s the route heads north through Bosherston (another great beach is nearby at South Broad Haven), then Stackpole and a final up-and-down run back to Pembroke.”
There will be approx 460m of ascent which for one of my rides is nothing!
This is the second of three rides in the Pembrokeshire area during the May Day bank holiday weekend - details of the other two can be found by following the links below. Will (your leader) will be camping at Porthclais Farm Campsite just outside St Davids.
First Ride (Sat 5 May) - http://outdoorlads.com/event/pembrokeshire-road-cycle-ride-1-3-%E2%80%9…
Third Ride (Mon 7 May) - http://outdoorlads.com/event/pembrokeshire-road-cycle-part-3-3-%E2%80%93...
Pace and Terrain
This will be a fairly chilled ride, suitable for road bikes and hybrids. There is a section of gravel track which if too rough for your road bike can pushed.
You do need reasonable personal fitness for this event as there is a fare distance to cover. Broadly, anyone who has recently cycled over 20 miles without too much difficulty will be able to complete this ride.
What to bring
Your will need a road bike or light weight hybrid. Mountain bikes are not suitable (unless you fancy a challenge).
Apart from your road bike remember the following:.
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring small snacks such as biscuits, energy bars or gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit is great too
- A cycling bottle attached to your bike and plenty of water
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Given the time of year, please bring multiple layers of clothing to keep you warm and a waterproof lightweight jacket.
- Footwear - Please bring suitable footwear for the type of bike you own.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet.
- Bag - Not essential, but if the weather is likely to be changeable or you wish to carry supplies and clothing, a small ruck sack or pannier bags attached to your bike could be very useful. We don't want you getting cold or wet.
- Sun cream - Only if it's summer!
Food & drink
There will be time for tea, cake, ice cream and a compulsory paddle.