Ancient abbeys, delightful churches and Britain’s best book town – this scenic tour of the Black Mountains allows you to see plenty even if your time is limited to one weekend. The circular tour is a great way to explore the eastern fringes of the Brecon Beacons. There is one taxing climb, but daily mileages are low to give you plenty of time for sightseeing, shopping and sampling the local food.
Day 1: Arrive in Hay on Wye
Day 2: Hay on Wye to Crickhowell, 25 miles (40 km)
The tour begins in Hay on Wye, world-famous for its book shops and literary festival, with a steep climb to reach the spectacular Gospel Pass. Enter the quiet Honddu Valley, where sheep greatly outnumber people, and visit the beautiful chapel at Capel-y-Ffin, the quirky church at Cwmyoy with its leaning spire and the 12th century remains of Llanthony Priory. Once the seat of Augustinian monks, and the site of several violent battles, this is now a tranquil place to stop for a picnic. Then it's down to the Usk Valley to finish in Crickhowell.
Day 3: Crickhowell to Brecon, 25 miles (40 km)
Visit Crickhowell’s castle before setting off for today’s easier ride to Brecon. Following the Usk Valley, the day offers views of the wonderful Black Mountains without any strenuous climbing. The 14th century court and castle at Tretower and Brecon’s historic buildings provide plenty of interest.
Day 4: Brecon to Hay on Wye, 25 miles (40 km)
The final day brings you back to Hay on Wye via quiet lanes and pretty villages. Another chance to rummage through the bookshelves below the Elizabethan castle, enjoy some excellent pub cuisine and buy some local produce to take home with you.
Duration: 3 days biking
Distance: 75 miles (120 km)
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
The price is 260 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.
Tour price includes:
- 3 nights accommodation in quality B&Bs, Inns and hotels;
- Daily luggage transfer, so your baggage is waiting for you on arrival;
- Detailed, customised maps, with your daily ride highlighted;
- Written route notes giving directions and background information;
- 3 days hire of a comfortable, lightweight, hybrid bike supplied with handlebar bag, cycle computer, repair kit, lock and water bottle. For tandem bikes, please add 10 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person. 10% discount if you bring your own bike.
- Transfers to/from the nearest rail or bus station at the start and end of the tour.
Cooked breakfast included. Packed lunches and evening meals can be arranged at additional cost.
Add an extra night at any stage of the tour, prices from 40 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person per night.
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M16809 is a Partnership, founded and co-owned by Anna Heywood and Luke Skinner. We provide guided and self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Wales. We hold MA degrees from the University of Cambridge and have considerable experience of the travel industry. We have also completed an independent cycling expedition...
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