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Route Overview:

Approx Duration (Hours): 100

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Summary: The Welsh Valley
Route Description:

Where does it start? Chepstow

Where does it end? Aberystwyth

How long is it? 100 miles


Why is it great? 

From the rat run of the south west all the way out to the quietest coast of the UK, passing through the stunning Brecon Beacons, up to Rhayader and out through the Elan Valley, there’s some great riding to be had.


What do I need to know? 

The A466 north from Chepstow to Monmouth is idyllic as it winds its way along the River Wye, passing the worthwhile rest-stop of the Tintern Abbey ruins, with good food served in the pub beside it. West here on the A40 takes you onto the Brecon Beacons, with it down to you as to how much time you have to explore the area. Brecon itself is a good place to base yourself, and the most fun to be had is on the narrow lanes that cross the Beacons, such as the sealed section of the Sarn Helen, between Sennybridge and Penderyn. The A4069, otherwise known as the Black Mountain Pass, is a well known route and worth doing, but it can get busy in the summer and does take you a fair way out to the West of the Beacons. On the A483 you can make your back up to Rhayader, with the café at Crossgates – just to the east of Rhayader – a popular place for bikers. Rhayader itself also has good facilities and lodging options.

West out of Rhayader, take the B4518 briefly, before turning right signposted Mountain Road. This is the run that takes you all the way out along the top of the Elan Valley, following the road to Devil’s Bridge Falls. This is a narrow but stunning road, with the ruins of copper mines and big views over the valleys, before the final run down into Rhayader. From there, Wales is your oyster.


Anything else?

Nothing, just have fun!

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