The Celtic Circles project could create at least eight cycle routes
ranging from 20 to 500 miles. The full loop will take cyclists through
north and mid-Wales, down the east coast of Ireland and back up Wales's
The aim of the scheme is to boost tourism, reinforce historic links
between Wales and Ireland and provide cycle routes for both experienced
and novice cyclists. Celtic Circles routes could take just a day or up
to ten days to ride.
Assembly Member Alun Pugh, vice-chairman of the Assembly's All-Party
Cycling Group and David Bathers, CTC Councillor for Wales, will sail
from Holyhead to Dublin Port to deliver a letter from Rhodri Morgan,
First Minister at the Welsh Assembly, requesting the Irish Parliament's
support for the Celtic Circles project
Bathers said: "The Celtic Circles will create a magic cocktail combining
the charm of Ireland and the Welsh coastline. It will take cyclists
through some of the most beautiful parts of Europe highlighting the
Welsh language and customs and Irish language and traditions and
appealing to a broad range of cyclist.
"It will be imaginative and evocative and will give cyclists the
opportunity to visit many famous and historic venues. We have every
confidence that the Irish government will support the scheme."
CTC Cymru hopes to secure backing from the EU's Interreg IIIA Fund and
has already won sponsorship from Celtic Offshore Wind Limited (Cowl) for
next week's visit. Bathers said: "We are delighted by COWL's support for
the project which will encourage an environmentally friendly form of
tourism between two countries. Cowl's help is appropriate because the
company will soon be generating wind power from the Irish Sea."
The delegates will meet at the Pantri Bach Café, Pensarn Beach, Abergele
at 10am on Monday, September 9th. They will spend the day cycling the 54 miles
to Holyhead and will sail to Port Dublin on Tuesday.