Tarmac - 85%
Gravel - 15%
2 - 8
Choose your comfort
Miles - 80
Uphill - 1900m
When to go:
May - Sep
Price (per person):
Moderate - Challenging
Expect some long gradual climbs, with the odd short steep sections, exposed moors and occasional gravel tracks.
Day 1: The Elan Valley / 29 miles / 4 - 5 hrs / 650m
We’ll meet in Rhayader, the gateway to the Elan Valley. 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 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 pedalled into a different world.
Day 2: Cross the Cambrian Mountains / 26 miles / 5 - 6 hours / 730m
As you pass the 12th century Strata Florida Abbey you begin a long and gradual gravel track climb onto the exposed moors. Perfect if you’re craving that middle of nowhere feeling. After a short thigh burning climb (you may decide to push) followed by a steep hairpin descent, you’re spoilt for choice for beautiful wild swim spots in the River Irfon.
Day 3: Finish with river swim / 25 miles / 3 ½ - 4 ½ hours / 560m
Leaving the moors behind, you pass through verdant farmland, dipping in and out of the lush river valley. You’ll follow an ancient coach track, cross a suspension bridge and have a final chance to jump in the river before arriving back in Rhayader for a well earned drink.
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)
Rollmat & inflatable pillow
Porridge breakfast pouches
Tea, coffee, mug, & spoon
2 nights B&B accommodation
Food & Drinks
Logs for campfire (camping only)
50p for shower at Penrhiw Campsite (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 – The village pub. It’s a bikepackers haven, only open to those staying for B&B. It offers basic but comfortable rooms, with ensuite facilities and a hearty breakfast.
Night 2 – A traditional B&B in the small town of Llanwrytd Wells.
Pros & cons
+ Less equipment to carry
+ Sleep in a proper bed
– Temporary pause from wilderness
– No marshmallows on the fire
Night 1 – This is a small, straight forward and friendly campsite with epic views. Characterful toilet and showers (50p).
Night 2 – A traditional family friendly caravan and camping site with good facilities and a rural, riverside location.
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 aren’t cafés 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 tea and coffee making facilities.
There are limited cafes/shops along the route, so we recommend stocking up with a packed lunch and snacks each morning.
Whether you’re camping or B&B you’ll always be within walking distance, from a good pub.
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 3
If travelling by train, allow at least 3 hours to hand back the bike & kit, have a cup of tea and get to the train station on time.
HOW TO GET THERE
Train: The nearest train station is Llandrindod Wells.
It’s a 20 minute taxi ride from LLandrindod Wells 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.
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 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/CHALLENGING, based on someone with a good level or cardiovascular fitness.
You can expect some persistent uphill sections, steep at times, passing over exposed moorland with some long sections of gravel tracks. The distances are quite modest, but the remote and exposed location bumps it up from moderate to moderate/challenging. You will be in the saddle for 3-5 hours a 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.