Gower Bikepacking Loop

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Anthony Pease - Pease971

Anthony Pease

Pease971
The Gower peninsular is well known for its breathtaking coastline, beaches and a burgeoning surfing scene. What many don't know is that it's rich in history and has an amazing network of bridlepaths, minor roads and single tracks. This weekend loop encompasses some of Gower's finest...
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This bikepacking loop is the result of an exploration trip to try and use the best riding that the Gower Peninsula has to offer. It’s also doable as an overnight Friday adventure that will deliver great riding, wild camping spots, and still get you back the next day.

The route will take you on a series of back roads, bridleways, and trails, through forestry and over high points with unobstructed views out to sea. There’s even a little hike-a-bike across the sand dunes for that true adventure feeling.

There are streams in abundance delivering fresh drinking water should you need, although you will pass near many shops and pubs where you could purchase water and food.

Although I had a bivi spot in mind for this trip, I noticed an abundance of amazing spots to spend the night. All would be in quiet secluded areas with great views for sunset and sunrise.

  • Distance

    50 Mi.

    (80 KM)
  • Days

    2

  • % Unpaved

    70%

  • % Singletrack

    10%

  • Difficulty (1-10)

    5

  • % Rideable (time)

    100%

  • Total Ascent

    3,432'

    (1,046 M)
  • High Point

    570'

    (174 M)
  • Highlights
  • Must Know
  • Camping
  • Food/H2O
  • Visiting secluded beaches and exploring the sand dunes near Pennard Castle.
  • Riding through ancient woodland and over bridges made hundreds of years ago that really gave a feeling of years gone by.
  • Watching trawlers head out to sea near midnight and seeing them again at sunrise on their return — all from the comfort of my bivi bag.
  • There a plenty of designated parking areas and if you would rather, there is plenty of roadside parking in the residential streets nearby.
  • There is a mountain biking scene locally so you may bump into other cyclists, there is also a large horse riding community so expect to see horse riders on parts of this route during the day time.
  • This route could be ridden on most any bike including a gravel/adventure bike, a fat bike may make the sand dune area a little easier.
  • Camping is up to you really. Be aware of farms and when in doubt, ask.
  • In the summer the weather is usually pretty favorable in this area but always be prepared for wind due to its coastal setting.
  • With it being a peninsular there are great chances to witness amazing sunsets and sunrises, so it may be worth bearing that in mind when looking for a location to rest your weary head.
  • There are plenty of great pubs, cafes and shops along and near by the route which does give you the option to pack super lightweight and rely on these places to eat and drink.

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  • marcel b.

    Great pictures, wonderful trip!

  • http://www.anthonypease.com Anthony Pease

    Thanks, it was a great night out in perfect conditions.

  • http://www.anthonypease.com Anthony Pease

    Thanks, it was a great night out in perfect conditions.

  • Selim Miles

    Your bike is so clean, maybe you didn’t ride at all. You are just posing for cover of the magazin or selling the equipment, purposly !
    At least, good photos!

  • http://www.anthonypease.com Anthony Pease

    It was dry as a bone the night I did this :) All I did was clean the sand from my drive chain when I got home :) Odd for Wales I know ;) Thanks for the photo comment!