- Duration: 8 days/8 nights
- Distance: 275 miles
- Grading: Strenuous - some steep climbs, especially along the northern part of the route, and a couple of off-road stretches.This route is best suited to those with some experience of cycle-touring, but fit cycling novices will cope just fine.
- Price: £795 per person
- Maximum group size: 10 people
Day 1: Holyhead – Caernarfon (38 miles). The journey begins on the ancient Isle of Anglesey, surrounded by the Irish Sea. Wonderful views of the sea as we traverse a gentle landscape of sheep pastures. We ride across the amazing Menai Bridge to reach mainland Wales, and spend our second night in the fine town of Caernarfon, with its spectacular Castle.
Day 2: Caernarfon – Porthmadog (29 miles). A hearty breakfast and a last glimpse of the castle begins our second day on the road. Enjoy easy, traffic-free cycle paths as we head south towards Porthmadog. There’s a chance to visit the wonderful seaside village of Portmeirion in the afternoon.
Day 3: Porthmadog – Dolgellau (31 miles). A beautiful ride, combining the wide beaches and busy villages of the coast with the wild, dramatic interior of Snowdonia National Park. Some challenging climbs which are rewarded with wonderful views, and a chance to visit Harlech Castle.
Day 4: Dolgellau – Machynlleth (36 miles). A second day in Snowdonia, with more mountain vistas and breathtaking climbs ahead! We won’t meet many cars on the quiet back roads, but close encounters with sheep and some rarer wildlife are virtually guaranteed.
Day 5: Machynlleth – Llanidloes (24 miles). The morning provides a chance to explore Machynlleth, the ancient capital of Wales and now home to the Centre for Alternative Technology. You will notice the change in landscape on this transitional day from North to Mid Wales. The Hafren Forest provides pine-scented riding today, and we follow the young River Wye as it rushes through a green and peaceful landscape.
Day 6: Llanidloes - Builth Wells (31 miles). Easier riding today, as we head south along the beautiful Wye Valley to the spa town of Builth Wells. The heather moorland is a haven for the Red Kite, a once-endangered bird of prey which is now one of Wales’ wildlife success stories. Plenty of opportunities to stop for a well-earned cup of tea and a welshcake, a sweet, regional treat
Day 7: Builth Wells to Brecon (31 miles). Approaching the Brecon Beacons National Park, we ride along the quiet Wye Valley, with the possibility of visiting the world-famous booktown of Hay on Wye for a hearty pub meal and a rummage through the bookshelves, before heading on to the historic town of Brecon, astride the River Usk.
Day 8: Brecon to Cardiff (54 miles). A day of contrasts, as we follow the Taff Trail through the heart of the Brecon Beacons, past sparkling reservoirs. We then enter a landscape rich in industrial heritage as we drop down towards the coast. The journey ends on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay, in the capital city of Wales.
- Bicycle hire - we provide comfortable hybrid bikes which are ideal for touring. Helmet, handlebar bags and accessories are included.
- Pick-up and drop off at the nearest railway station at the start and end of the tour.
- Accommodation in carefully selected B&Bs and guesthouses, including breakfast each morning.
- Picnic/packed lunch each day.
- Luggage transfer each day, so you don't have to weigh yourself down with your bags.
- Emergency vehicle back-up.
- The services of a trail cycle leader at all times.
We can also advise on travel arrangements to/from the UK and help arrange rail/private vehicle transfers to/from Wales.
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