Tarmac - 92%
Gravel - 8%
Choose your comfort
21st – 22nd Jun 2024
22nd – 23rd Jun 2024
24th – 25th Aug 2024
25th – 26th Aug 2024
Mid week dates available
Miles - 58
Uphill - 1000m
Price (per person):
2 - 8
This is a relatively mellow route which follows meandering river valleys. You can expect the road ahead to undulate at times, with the occasional short steep uphill section, but the lay of the land is generally kind.
Day 1: The Cothi Valley / 30 miles / 4 hrs / 520m
We’ll meet you in the bustling market town of Llandovery where we’ll sort you out with your bikes and all the kit you need and set you off. Today starts gradually as you head up the Tywi River before peeling off and switching valleys to the even more peaceful Cothi Valley. Quiet lanes twist and turn through verdent hedgerows and sheepy fields all the way to Abergorlech village where a pub awaits. From here it’s a final forest lined pedal to Brechfa, your pit stop for the evening.
Day 2: The Tywi Valley / 28 miles / 4 hrs / 530m
Today starts by heading down a lush green wooded valley, the quiet lane hugging the Cothi River. Look out for a few swim spots along the way. Now the woods make way for verdant fields as you pootle past farms and distant castles, following the wide Tywi (sometimes called Towy) River Valley to the colorful and characterful town of Llandeilo. The picturesque town is scattered with an array of numerous small independent shops and cafes, making it the perfect place to stop for lunch. Refuelled, the final stretch takes you along gravel tracks, through Llwynywormwood, the Welsh home of the Prince of Wales, before the final descent back to Llandovery.
Accommodation (B&B or Camping)
Route, preloaded onto a GPS device
Bespoke guide book
Bike setup and kit demonstration
Pre trip group video call
Helmet & gloves
First aid kit
1 night campsite fees, pre paid
Tent (2 or 3 person to share)
Rollmat & inflatable pillow
Firepot breakfast pouch
Tea, coffee, mug, & spoon
1 night B&B accommodation
Food & Drinks
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.
Varying from a traditional B&B, guesthouse, hotel or country pub. Sometimes the route dictates the accommodation, but often located in a small town or village, always with bike friendly owners, a hearty breakfast provided and within walking distance of a good pub.
We’ll confirm the exact B&B style and room types before confirming your booking.
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 2 or 3 person tents, let us know what combination works for your group.
+ Less equipment to carry
+ Sleep in a proper bed
– Temporary pause from wilderness
– No marshmallows on the fire
+ 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 cafe 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 cafe 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 3pm on Day 2
If travelling by train, allow at least 2 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 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.
This is our easiest route and is suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. The route is gently undulating, with occasional short steep sections. 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.