Wales:

Cardiff to Holyhead Bike


Seven nights; seven days of moderate to challenging cycling on paved roads and dedicated 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 in elevation gain)

Your route begins just north of Cardiff in Pontypridd, following the Taff Trail which runs alongside the River Taff. Pause for lunch at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Merthyr Tydfil. Cross Brecon Beacons, cycling through spectacular valleys and along the banks of the Pontsticill and Talybont Reservoirs to your comfortable hotel in the heart of Brecon. 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 in elevation gain)

The morning ride is a hilly 16 km to Talgarth, a good place for a snack or early lunch. Throughout the day you will be rewarded with panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons. In the afternoon, cycle north following the River Wye all the way to Buith Wells. Your inn tonight, on a bend in the Irfon, was once the home of Lord Swansea. BD
Caer Beris Manor, Builth Wells

Day 3

Builth Wells, Elan Valley & Devils Bridge 64km (1021m in elevation gain)

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 offer panoramic viewpoints of both the Elan and the Afon Ystwyth Valleys. Rest tonight in the midst of the Devils Bridge Falls. BLD
The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge

Day 4

Devils Bridge to Corris 80km (1493m in elevation gain)

A wonderfully rolling bike ride 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 of Wales. 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 in elevation gain)

Return to Corris, then cycle 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 ride along the coast toward Harlech Castle. Stop for a swim at the Barmouth Beach or lounge on Harlech Beach, not far from your inn. B
Castle Cottage, Harlech

Day 6

Harlech to Dinas 61km (805m in elevation gain)

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. Explore the UNESCO World 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 elevation gain). 45-minute transfer to Llandudno.

Head to the Isle of Anglesey using the historic Pont Y Borth at Menai Bridge. Discover the many sandy beaches on southern coast of Anglesey, and the South Stack Lighthouse, before skirting Holyhead Mountain and concluding your ride at the Holyhead Maritime Museum. After a visit 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:

Challenging cycling, 53-80km per day with options for longer distances.






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 (edits pending)






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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
Electric Assist Hybrid: US 385 C 455

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.