Tarmac - 90%
Gravel - 10%
2 - 8
Choose your comfort
Miles - 56
Uphill - 1035m
When to go:
May - Sep
Price (per person):
Expect a meandering gradual climb to the top of Gospel Pass, with short steep section before the summit, and on the way down the other side. The rest of the route is gently undulating.
Day 1: Summit and plummet / 24 miles / 3 ½ - 4 ½ hrs / 600m
We’ll meet in Abergavenny where we’ll give you your briefing, pack your kit into bags, strap them to your bike and set you off. Today is a gradual climb up a picturesque forested valley, past the remote village of Llanthony on your way to Gospel Pass, the highest pass in Wales: on a clear day, the views seem to go on forever. Take it in before plummeting down into the literary town of Hay-on-Wye.
Day 2: The valley return / 32 miles / 4 - 5 hours / 435m
Leaving Hay behind, you skirt beneath the shadow of Lord Hereford’s Knob before quiet twisting lanes lead you to the lush River Usk valley. As you turn east towards your final destination, you’ll take the quiet meandering tow path that follows the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal back to Abergavenny.
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
1 night campsite fees, pre paid
Tent (2 or 3 person to share)
Rollmat & inflatable pillow
Porridge breakfast pouches
Tea, coffee, mug, & spoon
1 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.
Our first choice of accommodation is the lovely 4* Swan at Hay Hotel, close the centre of Hay-on-Wye.
Pros & cons
+ Less equipment to carry
+ Sleep in a proper bed
– Temporary pause from wilderness
– No marshmallows on the fire
The campsite is located in a spacious field, bordered by orchards and woodland, with private access to the river. It’s a 10 minute walk from the centre of Hay on Wye where there are plenty of pubs, cafes and shops. The usual facilities of toilets and hot showers, plus firepits available on request.
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 – It’s a 10 minute walk into Hay-on-Wye where there are plenty of cafes to choose from. We also provide you with Firepot porridge pouches which you simply add hot water to cook, along with tea, coffee, mugs, spoons and stove to boil water.
You can get a packed lunch in Hay-on-Wye before you set off, or stop at one of the pubs or cafés along the route.
A whole host of great pubs and restaurants in Hay-on-Wye.
START/FINISH LOCATION & TIMINGS
Start: We will meet you at the start point in Abergavenny at 10am. The exact start point location 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 by 3pm on Day 2
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 Abergavenny. Connections with Shrewsbury from the north and Newport if coming from the east or south.
The start point will be within walking distance from Abergavenny 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 Abergavenny.
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 an short video to explain how you'll attach you 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 modest 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 MODERATE, based on someone with a good level or cardiovascular fitness.
The route passes over the highest road in Wales, so expect a couple of long uphill (and downhill) sections, with occasional steep bits. As the distances are relatively modest, with good smooth road surfaces all the way. You can expect to spend 3-5 hours in the saddle each day.
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.