Tarmac - 75%
Gravel - 25%
2 - 8
Choose your comfort
Miles - 55
Uphill - 1200m
When to go:
Jun - Sep
Price (per person):
Expect a few long gradual climbs, with the odd short steep section, exposed moors and some bumpy tracks. Be rewarded with peace and quiet, great views and long descents.
Day 1: The Elan Valley / 25 miles / 4 hrs / 650m
We’ll meet in the lively market town of Rhayader where we’ll give you your briefing, pack your kit into bags, strap them to your bike and set you off. Today you’ll head up the beautiful Elan Valley, past a series of 3 dams before emerging on top of the moors. As you descend down the other side passing a disused lead mining village, you’ll feel like you’ve left your world behind.
Day 2: Reservoir Gravel / 27 miles / 4 - 5 hours / 540m
A steep track up onto the moors to start the day before you take an epic gravel track all the way along the Claerwen Reservoir. Descend down into the Elan Village and take a short detour cross a suspension bridge with a final chance to jump in the river before arriving back in Rhayader for a well earned shandy.
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
Tea, coffee, mug, & spoon
1 night 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.
The village pub. It’s a bikepackers haven, only open to those staying for B&B. It offers comfortable rooms, with ensuite facilities and a hearty breakfast.
Pros & cons
+ Less equipment to carry
+ Sleep in a proper bed
– Temporary pause from wilderness
– No marshmallows on the fire
A small, straight forward and friendly campsite with epic views. Characterful toilet and showers (50p).
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 location of this campsite 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.
B&B – You can request a packed lunch from the B&B, or there is a small shop in the village where you can make your own packed lunch & snacks.
Camping – If you speak nicely to Matt at the campsite pub, he will do you a packed lunch.
Whether you are camping or B&B you’ll be within walking distance from a good pub, but it’s the only pub for miles around, so we will book you a table in advance to avoid disappointment. Expect good pub grub and plenty of it.
START/FINISH LOCATION & TIMINGS
Start: We will meet you at the start point in Rhayader 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 in Rhayader by 3pm on Day 2
If travelling by train, allow at least 3 hours to hand back bike, kit and get to the train station
HOW TO GET THERE
Train: The nearest train station Llandrindod Wells.
It’s a 20 minute taxi ride from LLandrindod to Rhayader. We recommend booking a taxi in advance.
There are regular trains to Llandrindod Wells. Connections with Shrewsbury from the north and Cardiff if coming from the south.
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 Rhayader.
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.
This route is graded MODERATE, based on someone with a good level of cardiovascular fitness.
Expect some meandering climbs, steep at times, passing over exposed moorland with a long section of gravel track with occasional bumpy bits and a couple of streams to cross. You should be happy spending 3-5 hours in the saddle each day.
You should also note this route passes through remote landscapes, where you are exposed to the elements with very few shops or cafes in between start/finish points.
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.