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October 30, 2018 2 min read

Looking for a decent cycle out of Cardiff? Want to head to a good coffee shop or lunch spot along the way? Our riding guide below outlines a potential route for you, with recommendations on where to stop, all to make your cycle even better.

The Key Info

Distance = 41 miles

Average time = 4 hours straight cycling, 5+ hours for a couple of pit stops

Road Type = mainly flat, with a few up and downs in the middle section of the route.

In the mapped route above we’ve marked the address for the recommendations given below.

This round trip takes you along Wentloog Avenue to Newport, and back into Cardiff via Caerphilly and Castell Coch. Ideal for a weekend ride on relatively quiet roads including the Taff Trail.

On your marks, get set...

Before you set off be sure to grab a coffee at the Little Man Coffee Company on Bridge Street (their cakes and food menu might also appeal!).


Once you’re fuelled up and good to go it’s on to Newport. The cycle will last around 1 hour and 15 minutes and takes you via Rumney, Marshfield and Duffryn - all along flat roads. When you arrive in Newport head to Tiny Rebel where you’ll be greeted by a whole array of food, from burgers and pizzas to pastas and sandwiches.

Head to Tiny Rebel in Newport for some lunch.

Cycling to Caerphilly:

From there you’ll start cycling back to Cardiff, although this return leg is longer than your outbound ride. In fact this section is around an hour and a half’s worth of cycling so worth eating well in Newport. The route is also a little more uneven with a couple of small hills, but after 14 miles of cycling you’ll arrive in Caerphilly where The Old Library awaits you. This community focused coffee shop is ideal for a brief refuel.  

Taking in a spot of culture:

From there you have a 40 minute cycle along the Taff Trail - a walking and cycle path that runs between Cardiff Bay and Brecon in Wales - until you reach Castell Coch, a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle. Enjoy the view as you cycle past it, or head in to the grounds for a small admission fee.

Looking for a riding guide for a different city? Or a different route in one of the cities we’ve already featured? Take a look at our other guides here or, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email on with your recommendations and we’ll get writing!