Category : Biking
Website : www.kc3.co.uk/~bicycle/sideways/
If you are the kind of cycle tourist who likes to make sideways excursions rather than just biking straight ahead, there is no greater joy than cycle-touring in Wales and the Welsh Borders of England. You can easily avoid cycling on major highways as this little known region, on the western edge of Britain, is criss-crossed by a maze of rarely-used lanes (paved) that make it a touring cyclist's paradise. It's not just the famous national parks – such as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire Coast, and Brecon Beacons – which justify a bike tour, but the bits in between like the Wye Valley, the Gower and Lleyn Peninsulas, the South Shropshire Hills, the Cheshire Plain, the Forest of Dean, and much more. Stick a pin in a map of Wales and the Welsh Borders and it can't help but land near a river valley, mountains, coast, moorland, or all four. Look more closely at the map and you can see how the Welsh border was constantly changing as the Norman French pushed into Wales, and were beaten back by angry Welsh. A dead giveaway are the Welsh place names appearing in England, and English names appearing in the middle of Wales.
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