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Lôn Cambria 4-Day Self-Guided Biking Vacation

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 4 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Wales  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 475 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 475 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Lôn Cambria takes you from the sea to the English border, a 113-mile meander through the heart of Mid Wales. Explore the quiet Cambrian Mountains, the impressive architecture of the Elan Valley dams and the half-timbered houses of historic Shrewsbury on this picturesque 4-day ride.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Aberystwyth.

Day 2: Aberystwyth to Elan Valley, 37 miles (59 km)

The seaside resort of Aberystwyth is the starting point for your tour. You could enjoy an ice-cream and watch a Punch and Judy show on the beach, but there's more to the town than the promenade, with the National Library of Wales and the ruined castle overlooking the Irish Sea providing some cultural interest too. On the first day, you follow the traffic-free Ystwyth Trail before heading through the Cambrian Mountains and into the county of Powys. The Elan Valley, with its beautiful reservoirs, is your destination.

Day 3: Elan Valley to Llanidloes, 18 miles (28 km)

After breakfast, it's a short ride down to the small town of Rhayader. The surrounding countryside is home to the Red Kite, a once-endangered bird of prey. It's well worth stopping off to visit the UK's leading Red Kite centre at Gigrin Farm on the outskirts of Rhayader, where over 150 kites gather for feeding each day. The route then heads north to the friendly town of Llanidloes, built on the banks of the River Severn.

Day 4: Llanidloes to Welshpool, 31 miles (49 km)

Leaving Llanidloes, the route follows the Severn on a meandering north-easterly course, passing the Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve and the ruins of Dolforwyn Castle, built in the late 13th century by 1273-77 by Llywelyn the Last on the edge of English Montgomery. Today's destination is Welshpool, home to 13th century Powis Castle, which incorporates a museum, beautiful Italianate terraced gardens, an orangery, and an aviary. The route into Welshpool parallels the Welshpool and Llanfair light railway, a 16 mile narrow gauge line linking the town with Llanfair Caereinion, first opened in 1903.

Day 5: Welshpool to Shrewsbury, 27 miles (43 km)

The day begins with a climb as the route temporarily leaves the Severn Valley, and crosses into England. Then it's back down to the river for a flatter ride into Shrewsbury. This historic town is a pleasant place to stroll and shop, with pretty black-and-white buildings crammed together in the narrow mediaeval streets. The birthplace of Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury has a Castle, which now houses the regimental museum, and a famous Abbey.

Tour summary:
- Duration: 4 days biking
- Distance: 113 miles (180 km)
- Grading: Moderate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

The price is 475 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Contact operator for sole traveller/single occupancy rates.

Price Includes:
- 4 nights accommodation in quality B&Bs, Inns and hotels;
- Daily luggage transfer, so your baggage is waiting for you on arrival;
- Detailed, customized maps, with your daily ride highlighted;
- Written route notes giving directions and background information;
- 4 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.

- Meals: Cooked breakfast included. Packed lunches and evening meals can be arranged at additional cost.

- Options: Add an extra night at any stage of the tour, prices from 40 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person per night.

About This Supplier
Location: Wales
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2007

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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