Wales:

Cardiff to Holyhead Bike / NEW!


Seven nights; seven days of moderate to challenging bike touring on paved roads and car-free bicycle paths. Cycle across Wales from the south to the north, through Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks. Experience a historic steam railway, numerous castles, the unique village of Portmeirion, and the Elan Valley, also known as the Welsh Lake District. Enjoy luxurious lodging and choices of fine dining or pub carousing.

“The route was spectacularly beautiful.” - Ann P. & Jim C.






Itinerary


Start: The Angel Hotel, Cardiff, 09:00, day one. Cardiff can be reached easily by train from Manchester, Birmingham or London.


Finish: Llandudno, 09:00, day eight. From Llandudno there are frequent trains to Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, or London.


Day 1

Into the Brecon Beacons 60km (+725m/-645m)

Begin just north of Cardiff in Pontypridd, following the riverside Taff Trail to Merthyr Tydfil. Visit the Cyfarthfa Castle, built in 1824, and explore the collection of fine art and social history items housed in its museum. After lunch, cycle through spectacular valleys and along the banks of the Pontsticill and Talybont Reservoirs as you cross Brecon Beacons. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
The Castle of Brecon Hotel, Brecon

Day 2

Brecon, Talgarth and Builth Wells 53km (+547m/-547m)

The morning’s hilly 16 km ride to the small market town of Talgarth – a perfect place to break for a snack or early lunch - is well rewarded throughout the day with panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons. In the afternoon, cycle north following the beautiful River Wye all the way to Builth Wells, your resting place for the night. BD
Caer Beris Manor, Builth Wells

Day 3

Builth Wells, Elan Valley & Devil’s Bridge 64km (+1021m/-960m)

Relish an unforgettable journey through the Elan Valley along the shores of the Caban-coch, Garreg-ddu, Penygarreg, and Cronfa Ddwr Craig Goch Reservoirs. Further ascents provide a majestic tableau of the Elan and the Afon Ystwyth Valleys below. Your destination is Devil’s Bridge, a village best known for its unique namesake. Comprised of three coexistent, separate bridges, the structure overlooks the striking waterfalls which inspired Wordsworth’s “Torrent at the Devil’s Bridge”. BLD
The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge

Day 4

Devil’s Bridge to Corris 80km (+1493m/-1584m)

A wonderful, rolling bike ride today leads through pastures and woodlands away from traffic. Visit Machynlleth, the self-proclaimed first capital of Wales, where Owain Glyndŵr held a parliament in 1404 after being crowned Prince. Take the funicular to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) for views of Snowdonia National Park. BLD
Gwesty Minfford Hotel, Tal-y-llyn or
The Old Vicarage, Corris

Day 5

Corris to Harlech 55km (+890m/-933m)

Return to Corris, then bike north following the Afon Dulas River. At Dolgellau the route veers westward and parallels the Afon Mawddach to the ocean, following the route of the Cambrian Rail line on a dedicated bike trail. Cross the river on the Barmouth Viaduct and travel along the coast toward Harlech Castle. Stop for a swim in the idyllic waters of Barmouth Beach or explore the dunes of Harlech Beach before retiring to your inn. B
Castle Cottage, Harlech

Day 6

Harlech to Dinas 61km (+805m/-825m)

Today’s route begins with some hilly sections in Snowdonia National Park before descending to the coastal villages of Portmeirion and Porthmadog. Visit Criccieth Castle or relax on the sandy beach below. The afternoon ride includes a long stretch of the Lôn Eifion Trail, which boasts views of Llŷn Peninsula to the southwest, Caernarfon Bay and Anglesey to the west and north, and the impressive mountains of Snowdonia to the east. Discover the UNESCO Worlds Heritage Site of Caernarfon Castle and the adjacent castle square, Y Maes. BD
Plas Dinas, Dinas or
Ty Castell, Caernarfon

Day 7

Caernarfon Castle, Menai Bridge, Anglesey & Holyhead 76km (+604m/-647m) 45-minute transfer to Llandudno

Head to the Isle of Anglesey using the historic Pont Y Borth at Menai Bridge. Explore the many sandy beaches on southern coast of Anglesey, and pay a visit to the South Stack Lighthouse, before skirting Holyhead Mountain and concluding your ride at the Holyhead Maritime Museum. After seeing the sights at the museum, you will be transferred to Llandudno, a lively seaside town where you can celebrate your feat. BLD
St George's Hotel, Llandudno

Day 8

Farewell

Your tour concludes following breakfast. We highly recommend extra time to explore this magnificent area; consider an extra night in Llandudno before catching a train on to Manchester, Birmingham, or London. B





Description




Note about the route:

Moderate to challenging cycling on mostly paved roads and bike paths; 53-80km per day with periodic 100-300m climbs and descents.






Shrouded in Celtic mystery, the countryside of Wales is both enchanting and perfect for cycling. There are steam trains, mining caverns, and ancient castles to see, and the breathtaking moorlands combine with ocean views to make it difficult to describe without using superlatives. These roads will take you to utterly gorgeous places. The Welsh people are refreshingly sincere with their hospitality, and the feeling here is of palpable comfort. We are excited to be able to offer you this adventure, and know you will be impressed by the combination of rewarding cycling, luxury, magic, history, and fun.





Maps & Elevations




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Day # Daily distance
1
Into the Brecon Beacons 60km
2
Brecon, Talgarth and Builth Wells 53km
3
Builth Wells, Elan Valley & Devils Bridge 64km
4
Devils Bridge to Corris 80km
5
Corris to Harlech 55km
6
Harlech to Dinas 61km
7
Caernarfon Castle, Menai Bridge, Anglesey & Holyhead 76km
8
Farewell!






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Costs

US 3795 C 4495

8 days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps and route notes

US 2965 C 3495

8 days, 7 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, necessary ground transportation, on-call emergency support, maps and route notes

Single Occupancy

US 830 C 995

Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 225 C 265
Racing: US 295 C 355
Full Carbon Racing: US 395 C 455
Electric Assist Hybrid: US 395 C 455

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.