Tarmac - 90%
Gravel - 10%
Choose your comfort
Camping - N/A
21st – 23rd Jun 2024
23rd – 25th Aug 2024
24th – 26th Aug 2024
Mid week dates available
Miles - 86
Uphill - 1900m
Price (per person):
2 - 8
Moderate - Challenging
A tough but rewarding route which starts gently, peaks in the middle and ends with a long descent. Expect a few long climbs with the occasional steep bit and some persistent gravel sections.
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 big sky views day / 30 miles / 5 hrs / 750m
Start with a nice gradual warm up along the valley floor, back to Abergorlech before heading deep into the Brechfa forest on the first long gravel section of the day. As you reach smooth tarmac again, the forest makes way for quiet cross crossing lanes, gradually gaining height to reach the Sarn Helen Roman road, past the site of a Bronze Age burial chamber. On a clear day, there are big sky views to the Cambrian Mountains and distant Brecon Beacons before plummeting down into the lush Teifi Valley and on to Tregaron, your stop for the evening.
Day 3: Back over the moors / 27 miles / 4 ½ hrs / 640m
The route today starts abruptly with a climb up a quiet mountain road, but the reward is a refreshing dip in a remote waterfall pool, high on the moors. From here you follow peaceful lanes to Soar y Mynydd, the most remote chapel in Wales. The road rises again as you trace the outline of Llyn Brianne Reservoir for stunning views before heading downhill all the way to Llandovery, with the option to stop to explore the Gwenffrwd-Dinas Nature Reserve and Highwayman Twm Sion Cati’s secret cave.
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
2 nights B&B accommodation
Food & Drinks
Night 1 – Ty Mawr, an award winning rural country Hotel, nestled in the small village of Brechfa.
Night 2 – The charming 4* Y Talbot Hotel, located in the centre of Tregaron.
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.
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 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 4-6 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.