Gower Cycling Festival
12-19 August 2017
This Introduction tells you a bit about the Gower, how to get there and also what you need for the cycling.
The rides programme, is a key document which briefly describes the rides. The colours green, blue and red are used to indicate the difficulty of the rides, ranging from gentle (green), through moderate (blue) to relatively challenging (red). These gradings are based on a combination of hilliness and length, thus a 40 mile flat ride may be blue and a 30 mile hilly ride red.
Of the three weekday evening 'rides' that on the Wednesday (No. 14) is not a ride but a social evening at the Dunvant RFC. The remaining 21 rides are all led.
The ride descriptions should be read in conjunction with the Route map. This map is approximately to scale but, to avoid clutter, it shows little other than the routes. The colours correspond to those used for their titles; the start/finish points are also shown.
You are advised to bring your own map if you want to follow the routes on the ground. Suitable maps are OS 1:50,000 Sheet 159: Swansea & Gower (or the more detailed OS 1:25,000 Sheet 164: Gower) or to cover the longer rides which go beyond the Gower Peninsular Sustrans 1:100,000 Discover series: Celtic Trail, West and East – that is if you can still get these. An alternative is the 1:110,000 "Cycle Maps" series which replace them. (These are available from Sustrans shop. Maps 12, 13 and 14 more than cover the area.)
To register either: print, complete and send the paper registration form with your cheque to the address provided, or if you prefer to pay by banker's order or PayPal follow the on-line instructions. Note that you will need to accept the advice spelt out on page 2 of the Introduction. Note also that for PayPal it is slightly more than £5 pp to cover PayPal's charges.
For those who prefer to do their own thing the ride descriptions on the Rides & Commutes page of this website include most of the Festival rides.
Accommodation possibilities are as follows. Note that because it is August early booking is recommended. The first option is at our Dunvant base referred to above.
Dunvant RFC: Provision for camper vans and tents with electricity, washing and showering facilities. To book either let us know your requirements in the 'Enter rides' box on the on-line booking form or email David (See below). We need to know the nights you'll be camping, whether in tent or campervan and whether or not you require an electric connection. The charges are £8 per unit/night without electricity or £10 with an electric connection. These include use of a small kitchen in which you can do your own cooking. Please pay at the campsite where there will be arrangements for collecting money (cash or cheque). Wheelrights are not handling these payments so please do not pay for the camping when you register. The campsite address is: Dunvant RFC, Killay, Swansea SA2 7RU. This map shows you where it is.
Caravans (Gowerton): This Caravan Club site is on NCR 4 four miles from the Dunvant RFC.
Camping (Nicholaston): Nicholaston Farm. Location: South Gower, 8 miles from the Dunvant RFC.
Camping (Penmaen): Three Cliffs Bay campsite. Location: South Gower, 7 miles from the Dunvant RFC.
Camper vans, bunk house accom. and other (Parkmill): The Gower Heritage Centre have space for camper vans, a bunkhouse and additional self-catering accom. Location: South Gower, 6 miles from the Dunvant RFC.
Self catering Cottage: Pilton House can accomodate up to four, welcome cyclists and offer a discount for Festival visitors. Location: Newton, above Mumbles; 7 miles from the Dunvant RFC. (But some of the rides pass close by.)
For possibilities elsewhere have a look at Where to stay in Swansea/Mumbles/Gower.
Previous year's Festivals
These provide pictures and some other information about the previous Festivals.
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
2012, 2011 & 2010
For more information contact David Naylor (Phone: 01792 233755 or e-mail him.) or Nick Guy (Phone 01792 476178).
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Page updated on 14 April 2017.