Tarmac - 90%
Gravel - 10%
Choose your comfort
20th – 23rd Jun 2024
21st – 24th Jun 2024
22nd – 25th Aug 2024
23rd – 26th Aug 2024
Mid week dates available
Miles - 128
Uphill - 3025m
Price (per person):
Expect to cross high passes, up long climbs, with prolonged steep sections. For the majority of some days you will be on high ground and exposed to the elements. A challenging route, but you will be rewarded you glorious descents and wonderful views.
Day 1: Taste of the Cambrians / 29 miles / 5 hrs / 845m
We’ll meet you in the bustling little town of Llandovery where we’ll sort you out with bikes and all the kit you need and set you on your way. The day starts gradually, heading up the peaceful Tywi valley before you head into the beautiful Southern Cambrian Mountains. Climbing high above Llyn Brianne, the views on a clear day go on for miles. Catch your breath before taking on the infamous Devils Staircase. Legs burning, its a wonderful descent down the Abergwesyn Common, past numerous wild swim spots before arriving into Llanwrtyd Wells.
Day 2: Pant y Llyn detour / 32 miles / 5 hrs / 655m
Once you’ve stocked up with a pack lunch for the day, you’ll leave the Cambrian Mountains behind you and head down narrow twisting hedge lined lanes, gradually gaining height before the road ahead steepens and opens into moorland. At the top, a short grass track detour takes you to the picturesque Pant y Llyn where views stretch into Mid Wales. As you re-join the road, a joyous, ridgeline descent, with epic views either side, leads you down to the valley below where you follow bumpy farm tracks through wheat fields and along the River Wye before arriving into Hay on Wye.
Day 3: Highest road in Wales / 40 miles / 5 hrs / 840m
Today starts abruptly as you climb steeply out of Hay on Wye to reach the spectacular Gospel Pass, the highest road in Wales. Once you’ve taken in the views, feeling pleased with yourself, you’re treated to a long descent down a tree lined valley, past the medieval ruins of Llanthony Priory and on following lazy lanes to the touristy town of Crickhowell for a spot of lunch. From here you’ll follow the lush Brecon & Monmouthshire canal towpath, looking out for birdlife, barge dwellers negotiating locks and silent fishermen. There are several pubs and cafes along the towpath which provide a nice rest stop on this, the longest leg of the route.
Day 4: Big Beacon views / 27 miles / 4 hrs / 685m
Leaving town life behind you, its back into nature, heading gradually up the Sarn Helen Roman road onto a high rolling ridgeline. Once the fields and hedgerows make way for open moorland, the views of the unmistakable Brecon Beacons are fantastic. A fast blast down to Sennybridge before you rise again into the very western edge of the National Park, past the Black Mountain (Y Mynydd Du). As the road starts to drop, undulating and weaving lanes through bucolic farmland eventually lead you back down into Llandovery, your final destination.
Accommodation (B&B or Camping)
Route, preloaded onto a GPS device
Bespoke guide book
Bike setup and kit demonstration
Pre trip group video call
Emergency backup service
Helmet & gloves
First aid kit
3 nights campsite fees, pre paid
Tent (3 person to share)
Rollmat & inflatable pillow
Porridge breakfast pouches
Coffee, mug, & spoon
3 nights B&B accommodation
Food & Drinks
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 traditional B&B in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells.
Night 2 – We use 2 very comfortable hotels, both close to the centre of Hay on Wye.
Night 3 – A traditional B&B in the bustling town of Brecon.
+ Less equipment to carry
+ Sleep in a proper bed
– Temporary pause from wilderness
– No marshmallows on the fire
Night 1 – A basic campsite on a farm. Shower, toilet and a 10 minute walk into town for dinner.
Night 2 – A spacious campsite, bordered with orchards and woodland. Its a 10 minute walk into Hay on Wye.
Night 3 – A small riverside meadow campsite, a short walk from Brecon.
Expect no frills and rustic, but friendly campsites with the essentials you’d expect. Toilets, hot showers, firepits and always within walking distance from a good pub.
We provide 3 person tents; enough room for 3, spacious for 2.
+ 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 breakfast pouches which you simply add hot water to cook, along with coffee making facilities.
Lunches can be sourced enroute, packed lunch or café stops.
You’ll always be within walking distance, or a short cycle, from a good pub. Sometimes, there is only one pub for miles around, so we can book you a table in advance to avoid disappointment.
Start: We will meet you at the start point in Llandovery 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 Llandovery by approx. 3pm on day 4.
If travelling by train, allow at least 1 hours in which to hand back the bike, kit and get to the train station
Train: There are trains to Llandovery. Connections with Swansea if coming from the south and east, or Shrewsbury from the north.
The start point will be within walking distance from Llandovery 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.
If you’re travelling far, why not take the pressure off and stay overnight in Llandovery.
Remember, 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. Any questions about what to bring can be discussed on the pre trip video call.
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.
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 high 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.