Lon Teifi is the second section of Gareth's and my bike ride from Shrewsbury to Fishguard. Having crossed the Cambrian Mountains, it feels that it should be downhill all the way. We are now following National Cycle Network Route 82. We had stayed overnight at the Devil's Bridge Hotel and this morning the owner was keen to tell us about all the excellent cycle trails around here. We needed no convincing and made a mental note to stay here again. Lon Teifi follows the valley of the River Teifi from its source to the sea. This is so different from Lon Cambria. For a start we are held up by ducks, or are they geese?
Somehow there seems to be no need to try the brakes. We just want to get started! I recall being held up by several dogs fast asleep on a similar Welsh road only two months ago. Animals are so laid back here.
We catch up an Australian couple on a tandem with a trailer in tow. It turns out that they are on a 4 month tour. "How wise seeking out peace and quiet these Welsh roads" I thought. "It must be quite different from their home state of New South Wales". We follow an easy trail through a nature reserve. We see the Cambrian Mountains to our left but this is outstanding scenery of a different type. It is wildlife friendly with lots of trees and water meadows but, as we go south, we start to see sheep and cattle fields in small hilly paddocks.
I like this ancient bike sign.
I like the river at dusk
I also like the coffee shops as this one in Lampeter
Our route continues through Newcastle Emlyn, Cardigan and into the Preseli Hills before reaching Fishguard. These are all quiet roads meandering around river valleys and through small towns. This is a market at St Dogmaels near Cardigan.
Wales' best known ride is Lon Las Cymru but, for me, this is a delightful ride that on the one hand offers lots of challenges with its many climbs and the other the scenery is just simply outstanding. It is as Gareth says very close to being in the wilderness.
The total distance is 185 miles and you should follow NCN81 and 82 with these maps.