National Cycle Route 4

National Cycle Route 4 (or NCR 4) is a route of the National Cycle Network, running from London to Fishguard. Between London and Fishguard, the route runs through Reading, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Swansea, Llanelli and St David's. Within Wales, NCR 4 forms one of the branches of the Celtic Trail cycle route.

Route

The route covers a range of roads, cycle paths, and shared use paths.

London to Reading

The London to Reading section of the route starts at Greenwich. It then follows the River Thames closely to Putney Bridge. This section of the route has not been finalised.[1] From Putney Bridge to Reading, the route follows the Thames Valley Cycle Route.

Reading to Bath

The Reading to Bath section follows the Kennet and Avon Canal. Some sections use the canal towpath, while others are on low-traffic roads. Approaching Bath, Route 24 and the Two Tunnels Greenway provide an alternative route, rejoining Route 4 to the west of the city centre.

Bath to Bristol

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The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is part of Route 4.

The Bath to Bristol section of the route follows the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, a dedicated cycle path on a disused railway line. This is entirely off-road.

Bristol to Newport

After passing through Bristol city centre, the route heads north into South Gloucestershire, and over the Severn Bridge. Passing through Chepstow, it then goes south, passing through Caldicot before arriving in Newport. The route passes to the north of the Newport Wetlands Reserve and across Newport Transporter Bridge in the south of the city.

Newport to Llanelli

After Newport, the route heads west to Caerphilly, then north towards Pontypridd during which it crosses the Taff Trail. It then heads west towards Port Talbot. Near Briton Ferry, it crosses the A48 bridge and then follows the A483 road (Fabian Way) into Swansea and passes through the Maritime Quarter. Just before the Maritime Quarter, it crosses National Cycle Route 43. It then follows the seafront promenade along Swansea Bay to Blackpill where it turns north up the Clyne Valley cycle track passing the village of Dunvant until it reaches Gowerton. In Gowerton, the trail follows public roads to the south of Loughor towards the Loughor bridge. Once over the Loughor bridge it continues along the Millennium Coastal Path to the south of Llanelli.

Llanelli to Fishguard

Millennium Coastal Path Lla
NCR 4 traverses the Millennium Coastal Path at Llanelli.

NCR 4 follows the Millennium Coastal Path along the south Carmarthenshire coast. Between Pembroke and Haverfordwest, NCR follows the route of a disused railway called the Brunel Trail and crosses over the Cleddau Bridge.

See also

References

  1. ^ Route 4 - Sustrans

External links

A4069 road

The A4069 is an A road which connects Llandovery with Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen in Wales, UK.

The route begins at the junction with the A474 at the north of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen, and travels through Lower Brynamman and Brynamman. The route then crosses over the Black Mountain range of the Brecon Beacons and emerges near Felindre near Llangadog. It crosses through Llangadog and then continues northeast until the junction with the A40 at Llandovery. It reaches a height of 493 m (1,617 ft) above sea level.

A4109 road

The A4109 road links Aberdulais with Glynneath in Neath Port Talbot county borough, Wales.

The route begins in Aberdulais at the junction with the A4230 and A465 roads; it diverges northwards away from the A465 up the Dulais Valley and crosses through the settlements of Crynant, Ynysfforch, Seven Sisters, Onllwyn, Dyffryn Cellwen and Banwen where it has a junction with the A4221. The road then continues in a southeasterly direction along the Inter Valley Road to Glynneath where it again connects with the A465.

A4118 road

The A4118 road is in Swansea, Wales, connecting Dyfatty Street in Swansea City Centre with Port Eynon in the Gower Peninsula. The route runs through suburban areas until it reaches Upper Killay where the road enters rural Gower. It passes over Fairwood Common and through several villages before terminating at Port Eynon.

A4216 road

The A4216 is a main road in Swansea, Wales.

The road links Sketty with Gendros. It begins at the junction at the bottom of Sketty Lane with Mumbles Road. It continues up Sketty Lane, onto Sketty Park Road then bears right onto Dillwyn Road to the junction with the A4118 (Gower Road) at Sketty Cross. It continues through this road then up Vivian Road past Tycoch. The A4216 then continues along Cockett Road past Cwm Gwyn and through Cockett. The final stretch of the A4216 is Station Road where the A4216 forms a cross roads with the A483 (Carmarthen Road).

The only dual carriageway section is along Sketty Lane.

A4221 road

The A4221 is an A road which links Banwen with Abercraf in Wales.

The roads begins just south of Abercraf at the junction with the A4067. It then heads eastwards through Caehopkin and then bypasses Coelbren. It joins the A4109 just west of Banwen.

A4240 road

The A4240 is a main road in Gorseinon, Swansea, Wales.

A474 road

The A474 is a suburban main route in south Wales.

Settlements served by the A474 include:

Briton Ferry

Neath

Neath Abbey

Cadoxton

Rhyddings

Fforest Goch

Rhos

Gellinudd

Pontardawe

Gelligron

Rhydyfro

Cwmgors

Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen

Glanamman

Ammanford

A483 road

The A483, also known as the Swansea to Chester Trunk Road, is a major road in the United Kingdom. It runs from Swansea in Wales to Chester in England via Llandovery, Llandrindod Wells, Oswestry and Wrexham, a distance of around 153 miles (246 km).

Bristol and Bath Railway Path

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is a 15-mile (24 km) off-road cycleway, part of National Cycle Network National Cycle Route 4. It has a 3-metre (9.8 ft) wide tarmacked surface, and was used for 2.4 million trips in 2007, increasing by 10% per year.It was built by the cycling charity Sustrans between 1979 and 1986, which leased a five-mile (8.0 km) stretch near Saltford, with the help of the then Avon County Council, and using volunteers turned it into its first cycleway.

Celtic Trail cycle route

The Celtic Trail is a network of dedicated cycle routes in the National Cycle Network, crossing West, South and Mid Wales, and covering 377 miles in total. It is divided into east and west sections. The west section links Pembroke and Fishguard on the west coast to Swansea, and the east section covers the area from Swansea to Chepstow, Abergavenny and Hay-on-Wye in the east. It is largely traffic free but sections along the route are still being upgraded and improved. In some places there is a choice of a low-level route, or a high-level route for mountain bikes.

The network includes Route 42 (Glasbury, Mid Wales to Gloucester, England), Route 43 (Swansea to Builth Wells), Route 46 (Hereford to Newport), Route 47 (Newport to Fishguard), Route 49 (Abergavenny to Newport), and 492 (Cwmbran to Brynmawr), the Welsh section of Route 4 (London to Fishguard), a large part of Route 8 (Lon las Cymru, Cardiff to Holyhead), and other short links.

Places along Route 47 (from west to east) include:

Fishguard51.993°N 4.975°W / 51.993; -4.975

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

National Botanic Garden of Wales

Carmarthen

Pembrey Country Park (Millennium Coastal Path)

Llanelli

Swansea

Neath

Pontypridd

Merthyr Tydfil

Caerphilly

Newport

Chepstow

Severn Bridge51.609°N 2.639°W / 51.609; -2.639

Danish National Cycle Route 4

Danish national cycle route 4, is the fourth of the 11 Danish National Cycle Routes. It runs from Søndervig in West Jutland to Copenhagen on the island Zealand. The route is 310 km (190 mi) long, with 90% of this distance being along paved roads and one trip on a ferry between Aarhus and Odden.

Millennium Coastal Park

The Millennium Coastal Park was originally a project undertaken by Llanelli Borough Council to transform a 12 miles stretch of industrial wasteland on the south Carmarthenshire coast into green parkland. The project was then taken over by Carmarthenshire County Council after the amalgamation of Welsh local authorities and the land was transformed into a landscaped recreational area for the general public. The park is 1000 hectares in area, cost £35 million to develop and in 2002 was awarded a Civic Trust Award. It has extensive views over the Lloughor Estuary to the Gower Peninsula. It includes a cycle track which provides traffic-free cycling and has been described as "one of the finest stretches of the whole National Cycle Network". Another feature is a wave-shaped, grass-covered landform, created from 115,000 cubic metres (4,100,000 cu ft) pulverised fuel ash, a form of "land art".Another part of the project is the Burry Port Marina which provides berthing for 250 craft in three harbours. The Discovery Centre on the waterfront provides information on the park and its facilities. The Lloughor estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is within the Carmarthen Bay Special Area of Conservation. The Millennium Coastal Park offers various wildlife habitats such as wetlands and rough grassland, and these are preserved in the Pwll Lagoon Local Nature Reserve, the Ashpits Pond Local Nature Reserve and the North Dock Dunes Local Nature Reserve.The park offers views of the Gower Peninsula on the other side of the Loughor estuary, and features a variety of visitor attractions including the North Dock visitor centre, National Wetlands Centre Wales at Penclacwydd and Sandy Water Park. The Millennium Coastal Path (a stretch of the Celtic Trail cycle route, also known as National Cycle Route 4) runs through the park.

National Cycle Route 20

National Cycle Route 20 is part of the United Kingdom's National Cycle Network. It runs from Crawley in Sussex southwards to Brighton where it is roughly following (and sometimes next to) the A23 Highway/London Road. In future, the route will also connect northwards to London starting alongside the river Thames at Wandsworth, and will duplicate National Cycle Route 21 between Redhill and Crawley.

The northern section of the route between Wandsworth and Carshalton has already been completed. It follows the route of the Wandle Trail, and mainly runs on foot and cycle paths alongside the river.

Links to:

National Cycle Route 2 at Brighton, the end of the route.

National Cycle Route 4 at Wandsworth, the start of the route.

National Cycle Route 21 at Redhill and at Crawley.

National Cycle Route 22 at Banstead.

National Cycle Route 21

National Cycle Route 21 (or NCR 21) is part of the United Kingdom's National Cycle Network. It runs from Greenwich in South-East London south to Crawley, then east to Groombridge and south to Eastbourne, with a short final loop northwards again to its end at Pevensey.The route is approximately 150 km (93 miles) long. Several sections are not suitable for road bikes.

Links to:

National Cycle Route 4 at Greenwich which is the route's start.

National Cycle Route 1 at Greenwich is a few hundred metres from the route's start.

National Cycle Route 2 at Polegate and at Pevensey at the route's finish.

National Cycle Route 20 at Redhill and at Crawley.The route forms much of the English section of the Avenue Verte, a planned long-distance cycle route linking London and Paris.

National Cycle Route 43

National Cycle Network, Route 43 is part of the National Cycle Network and the Celtic Trail, which connects Swansea with Builth Wells. Most of the route is still awaiting development. As of June 2006, there is a 13-mile section out of Swansea that is open and signed.

Rhiwderin

Rhiwderin (Welsh: Rhiwderyn) is a small village in the west of the city of Newport, South Wales.

It lies in the community parish and electoral district (ward) of Graig.

The original village lies across a level crossing alongside the Ebbw Valley Railway and off the main A468 Newport—Caerphilly road. There are additional houses on the other side of the main road known as Rhiwderin Heights which have almost merged the village with neighbouring Bassaleg.

The Pentrepoeth School is the local primary school in the area.

The village was served by Rhiwderin railway station until 1954.

Rhyderin lies on the route of the old Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil Junction Railway line. The line now ends at Machen Quarry and carries only freight trains. The trackbed from Machen to Caerphilly is now part of National Cycle Route 4. Then reopening of the line for passenger traffic is being considered as part of the South East Wales Metro.

There are two places of worship in Rhiwderin:

Rhiwderin Congregational Chapel

Rhiwderin Free Presbyterian Church

Swansea Beach

Swansea Beach stretches for five miles along Swansea Bay between the Maritime Quarter and the "Knab Rock" near Mumbles in Wales. It is backed by a promenade/cycle track (part of National Cycle Route 4) and a coastal road. The southern section of the Swansea Bay beach between Blackpill and Mumbles is designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.Swansea Beach has a couple of named sections. The section of beach just outside Victoria park is known as "The Slip". Blackpill Beach is the section around the mouth of the Clyne River.

Swansea District line

The Swansea District line is a section of railway line running through the northern part of Swansea, and is primarily used for freight transportation, although minimal passenger services also traverse the route. It was built by the Great Western Railway in 1912 to provide a faster and less steeply graded route between London and Fishguard, in connection with the recently opened harbour at the latter place. It can thereby claim to be the very last mainline railway to have been built in Wales. The double track line runs from Cwrt Sart junction at Briton Ferry on the South Wales Main Line to Morlais junction near Pontarddulais on the Heart of Wales line.

Two Tunnels Greenway

The Two Tunnels Greenway is a shared use path for walking and cycling in Bath, Somerset, England. The route is National Cycle Route 244. The route joins National Cycle Route 24 south of Bath, with National Cycle Route 4 which runs through Bath.

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