Wales:

Beacons to Snowdon Bike Tour


Seven nights; six days of very hilly and challenging cycling on paved roads. Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia with stops at narrow gauge railways, castles, slate caves, Portmeirion, and Betws-y-Coed. Enjoy luxurious lodging and a choice of fine dining or pub carousing on some nights. This may be Freewheeling’s most challenging ride.

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









Itinerary


Start: Llangammarch Wells train station in the late afternoon. The innkeepers, or we, will pick you up on arrival at the station.


Finish: Llandudno junction, mid morning, day eight. There are abundant train connections to Manchester, Birmingham, or London.


Day 1:

Introductions

Manchester and Birmingham Airports are both convenient places to catch trains to Shrewsbury, from where you change to the very scenic “Heart of Wales” line which takes you to Llangammarch Wells. We will meet you at your train and transfer you to The Lake Country Hotel 5 minutes away. Guided groups will gather for an introductory dinner at approximately 18:00. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
The Lake Country House Hotel, Llangammarch Wells

Day 2:

42–70 miles

Ride to Brecon and back, via Builth Wells, across moors, and along rivers, with an optional ride through the Brecon Beacons National Park – sometimes the hilly training grounds for the SAS. BLD
Same lodging

Day 3:

40-60 miles

A great ride through Llyn Brianne and the Tywi Forest, Devil’s Bridge, and Artist’s valley to Egwylsfach. For a shorter ride you can finish your cycling at Devil’s Bridge, and take the optional Vale of Rheidol steam train to Aberystwyth (bikes are not allowed on the train but you can coordinate a meeting with your guide or driver who will deliver your bike to its terminus), then ride to Eglwysfach. BLD
Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth

Day 4:

59 miles

Long ride across the moors into Snowdonia, and over two passes (one of them the highest in Wales). Easy option on busier roads: Ride along the coast; A487 to Corris, B4405 to Tal-y-Llyn railway, A493 along coast to Dolgellau, then A496 to Harlech. Meet your driver in Talsarnau, at the site of Maes-y-Neuadd Hotel, for transfer to your B&B in Betws-y-Coed. BLD
Coed-y-Fron, Betws-y-Coed

Day 5:

Hiking or optional cycling

Hike to the summit of magnificent Mount Snowdon (4-5 hours return, or half that by descending the mountain by steam train) on either the challenging path: the Miner’s track; or the somewhat easier Pyg Track. Alternately, you may visit Portmeirion, the Slate Caverns, and the Ffestiniog Railway, with cycling along Llyn Peninsula, recognized as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. B
Same lodging

Day 6:

35 miles

Start the day with a 40 minute morning transfer from your inn to Porthmadog. You will cycle around Snowdonia, past the magnificent castle at Caernarvon and into Llanberis where the ride concludes. The roads become busy here so you'll transfer by vehicle to Betws-y-Coed where you can explore many excellent dining options. BL
Same lodging

Day 7:

31 miles

For a longer ride you can start your day with a transfer to the Oakely Arms Inn near Porthmadog. From there, you will ride through Betws-y-Coed (where the shorter ride begins) to Tal-y-cafn and the renowned Bodnant Gardens, the site of the world-famous tunnel of laburnums. BD
Furnace Farm B&B, Tal-y-cafn, Conwy

Day 8:

Farewell

Following breakfast you’ll be transferred to Llandudno where your tour concludes. We highly recommend extra time to explore this stunning area. Consider an extra night in Conwy or Llandudno before catching a train back to Manchester, Birmingham, or London. B





Description




Note about the route:

This is extremely challenging cycling between 55-130km (35-80 mi) per day. A great option for true road warriors.






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. The inns we have chosen include Relais & Chateau members, with Michelin stars for their cuisine. The roads take you to utterly enchanting places. The Welsh people are refreshingly sincere with their hospitality, and the feeling here – again, difficult to describe – 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 challenging cycling, luxury, magic, history and fun. The adventure can be joined most conveniently by flying into Manchester airport, and taking the Heart of Wales steam train to Llangammarch Wells, where we or the hotel staff will pick you up and take you to the hotel, less than five minutes away. At the end of the adventure, there are frequent trains from Llandudno back to Manchester, but we suggest you stay for an extra night, to visit Conwy Castle, and rest before travelling.





Maps & Elevations






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Costs

Start:
Llangammarch Wells train station in the late afternoon. The innkeepers, or we, will pick you up on arrival at the station.


Finish:
Conwy, or Llandudno junction train station in the late afternoon. There are abundant train connections to Manchester, Birmingham, or London.



Guided Cost

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Self-Guided Cost

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Single Occupancy

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Bicycle Rental

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Custom or Private Tours

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Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.