Tarmac - 75%
Gravel - 25%
Choose your comfort
24 – 26 May 2024
25 – 27 May 2024
19 – 21 Jul 2024
20 – 22 Jul 2024
20 – 22 Sep 2024
21 – 23 Sep 2024
Miles - 97
Uphill - 2250m
Price (per person):
2 - 8
Expect to cross mountain passes up long climbs, with prolonged steep sections. An ounce of bike handling skills will come in handy for the odd bumpy gravel track. A challenging but rewarding route.
Day 1: Snowdonia emerges / 31 miles / 5 - 6 hrs / 845m
We’ll meet in the arty town of Machynlleth where we’ll give you your briefing, load you up and set you off. After a tough climb you are rewarded as Snowdonia emerges before you and epic views up the coast, all the way to the Llyn Peninsula. The views absorbed, it’s downhill all the way to the Mawddach Estuary down a bumpy track, past stunning mountain lakes and over a wooden train bridge.
Day 2: Find the forest pool / 35 miles / 5 ½ - 6 ½ hrs / 880m
Leaving the coast behind, you head up the serene Mawddach Estuary, spotting birdlife along the way before heading into the Coed y Brenin Forest, keeping your eyes peeled for the hidden swim spot. Cooled off and invigorated, its back in the saddle and up remote gravel tracks into the mountains and on to Bala Lake.
Day 3: Hellfire Pass / 31 miles / 4 - 5 hours / 525m
Today you’ll head into the edge of the Berwyn Mountains, taking the gradual route up Hellfire Pass, the second highest pass in Wales! On a clear day, the views are spectacular and make the climb well worthwhile. Check your brakes before your plummet down the other side for that freewheeling feeling all the way back to Machynlleth.
Accommodation (B&B or Camping)
Route, preloaded onto a GPS device
Bespoke guide book
Bike setup and kit demonstration
Pre trip informational video
Backup support service
Helmet & gloves
First aid kit
2 nights campsite fees, pre paid
Tent (2 or 3 person to share)
Roll mat & inflatable pillow
Firepot breakfast pouches
Tea, coffee, mug, & spoon
2 nights B&B accommodation
Food & Drinks
Barmouth Toll Bridge (£1 both ways)
Logs for campfire (camping only)
Embrace the elements or a temporary pause from nature. Camping or B&B, the choice is yours.
Select which option you would prefer on the booking enquiry form.
Night 1 – A boutique hotel perched on the hillside, close to the seaside town of Barmouth, with spectacular views overlooking the Mawddach Estuary.
Night 2 – A country pub hotel in Bala town.
Pros & cons
+ Less equipment to carry
+ Sleep in a proper bed
– Temporary pause from wilderness
– No marshmallows on the fire
Night 1 – A beautiful little campsite, perched high on the hillside above Barmouth, with breath-taking sea views. For dinner, its a 20 minute hillside hike into Barmouth and a 30 minute hillside hike back up again. Or it’s a short taxi ride!
Night 2 – A peaceful family run campsite at the southern end of Bala Lake in the village of Llanuwchllyn. Hot showers & toilets, but fires are not allowed unfortunately.
We provide 2 or 3 person tents, let us know what combination works for your group.
Pros & cons
+ Full nature experience
+ Evenings around a campfire
– More kit to carry
– Camping even if it rains
Food and drink are at your own expense. We can recommend our favourite pubs and cafes, but it’s entirely up to you where and when you eat.
B&B – Breakfast is included.
Camping – The rural locations of our campsites means there isn’t always a café close by for breakfast, so to make sure you have something in your belly before you set off, we provide Firepot porridge pouches which you simply add hot water to cook, along with tea and coffee making facilities.
Lunches can be sourced enroute, packed lunch or café stops.
You’ll always be within walking distance from a good pub (Camping groups please note – night 1 is a 20-30 minute hillside hike from the campsite to the pub. See accommodation section).
START/FINISH LOCATION & TIMINGS
Start: We will meet you at the start point in Machynlleth at 10am. The exact start point location and timings will be sent out closer to the time of your trip.
You should arrive in the clothes you’ll ride in and with your kit packed in the dry bag we posted to you.
Bike set up and kit briefing will take about 1 – 1 ½ hours depending on the group size.
Finish: You can expect to be back at the start point in Machynlleth by 3pm on Day 3
If travelling by train, allow at least 2 hours to hand back bike, kit and get to the train station
HOW TO GET THERE
Train: There are regular trains to Machynlleth. Connections with Shrewsbury if coming from the east.
The start point will be within walking distance from Machynlleth train station.
You can leave any stuff you don’t need for your trip with us, like clothes to travel home in.
Car: If you plan on driving to the start point, feel free to contact us for advice on where to park and leave your vehicle for the duration of your trip.
All vehicles will be left at your own risk.
ARRIVING THE NIGHT BEFORE?
If you’re travelling far, why not take the pressure off and stay overnight in Machynlleth.
You will be carrying your kit with you and space on the bike is very limited, so stick to the kit list and pack light. You need less than you think. When packing, think light and packable. Avoid bulky fleece and denim, and go for merino wool, microfiber or cotton.
Prior to your trip, we will send you a dry bag which all your kit will need to fit into. We'll also send you a short video to explain how you'll attach your kit to the bike.
TO CYCLE IN
Save time and bring you packed lunch with you for Day 1
Bring a set of clothes for your journey home. If you’re travelling by train, you can leave any stuff you don’t need with us.
Our routes are designed to blend the rewards of physical challenge, with space to discover the unexpected and time to appreciate the journey. The distances are not massive and should allow for you to take your time, follow the more scenic route and experience the places between the places. It’s as much about the lazy lunch, taking in the view or finding a spot for a wild swim as it is about knocking out the miles.
This route is graded CHALLENGING, based on someone with a good level of cardiovascular fitness.
For those with a good level of fitness, comfortable cycling 4-6 hours a day and who take pleasure in being physically challenged, or for the less fit who are happy to suffer! Expect to cross mountain passes up long climbs, with prolonged steep sections. An ounce of bike handling skills will come in handy for the odd bumpy gravel track.
This route passes through remote landscapes, where you are exposed to the elements with very few shops or cafes in between start/finish points, so you’ll need to take lunch and snacks with you on most days.
If you’re not a regular cyclist, get your body bike trip ready by commuting to work, or do some spin classes. It all helps.