Day 1: Arrival in Hay on Wye.
Day 2: Hay on Wye to Llanthony, 12 miles (19 km)
The first day begins with a climb out of the Wye Valley. A good breakfast is in order, as the road begins to ascend almost immediately! Towards the top of the climb you emerge from the hedged-in lanes onto wonderfully airy, open pasture. Fantastic views of the Wye Valley and, on a clear day, right across to the Central Beacons.
Continue to Gospel Pass – Wales' second highest motorable road, with the steep slopes of Hay Bluff towering on your left. The gradient is on your side for the next four miles as you swoop down the Vale of Ewyas to the hamlet of Capel-y-Ffin. Stay close to the Honddu River for the final few miles, to arrive at the peacefully isolated Llanthony Priory. The ruins date from the 11th century and it's an atmospheric site.
Day 3: Llanthony to Hay on Wye, 25 miles (40 km)
Your ride continues along the river valley, which contains some quirky sites – the subsiding church at Cwmyoy, with a tower that leans at a greater angle than the tower of Pisa – and one of the oldest Ginkgo biloba trees in the country at Brynhonddu! From Longtown you head west, enjoying great views of the Escley Valley and the Black Mountains as the ride continues through Michaelchurch Escley. It's a meandering ride along hedged-in lanes, with some small climbs, which brings you back to Hay on Wye.
- Duration: 2 days biking
- Distance: 37 miles (60 km)
- Grading: Strenuous
The price is 185 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.
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