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Cycling Offa's Dyke Country

Bring your own bike and hop aboard the Heart of Wales Railway starting at Shrewsbury or Knighton in the north, or from Swansea, Llandeilo or Llandovery in south Wales. You will find great country towns and villages to visit along the route in this quiet part of central Powys.

There are a number of national cycle routes throughout the area including NCN Route 43 (which passes through Llanwrtyd Wells), Route 825 (Radnor Ring passes through Knighton and Llandrindod Wells) and the NCN Route 8 through Builth Wells and Rhayader.

Please note that if bring your own bicycles on the train, due to limited capacity and to avoid disappointment we recommend you book before you travel to reserve your slot! The itinerary is from Monday to Friday based on National Rail timetables from 15 December 2019 to 16 May 2020. Subsequent train times until December will probably be similar but will not be confirmed until nearer the time.

 

Morning

Take the train from either Swansea or Shrewsbury and head for either Knighton or Llanwrtyd Wells for different cycling locations and cycle hire.

Monday to Friday a train leaves Swansea at 09.30 arriving at Llanwrtyd Wells at 11.18 and Knighton at 12.38. From Shrewsbury, the 10.09 train will get you to Knighton at 11.01 and Llanwrtyd Wells at 12.25

Wheely wonderful cycling, near Presteigne offers some fantastic self guided cycle tours and you can arrange to have your bicycles delivered to a local railway station of your choice if arranged beforehand.
Rhayader

A circular 84 mile route following quiet country lanes, and crossing some of Mid-Wales' most spectacular scenery. For those with mountain-bike skills, there are exciting off-road alternatives.

Cycle Route: NCN Route 8 and Route 825

  • Access: Moderate to Challenging
  • Miles: 84

Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5BU

 
 

Lunch

Mid Wales towns offer a great selection of friendly inns, restaurants and cafes. If you decide to explore Llandrindod Wells on route then make sure you allow time to visit the National Cycle Museum.
Llanwrytd Wells

Llanwrtyd Wells is the smallest town in Britain. It is also one of the friendliest, having a long history of catering for the many visitors who, today, come to enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the surrounding Cambrian Mountains.

Powys, LD5 4RW

 
Knighton

Knighton is a Mid Wales Marches town with a remarkable landscape and rich history. Located on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, it makes a great base to explore the Offa's Dyke Path or Glyndwr's Way National Trails.

Powys, LD7 1EN

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 
Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells, or 'Landod' as it is known to locals, is the administrative centre of Powys and one of its largest towns. As the name suggests, it owes its origins to the spring waters that were recognised to have healing properties.

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 
National Cycle Collection

Journey through the lanes of cycle history and see bicycles from 1819, such as the Hobby Horse, Boneshakers and Penny Farthings, up to the most modern Carbon Fibre machines of today.

The Automobile Place, Temple Street , Llandrindod Wells , Powys , LD1 5DL

Self-assessed Accessibility Information

 
 

Afternoon

Llanwrtyd Wells is about mid-point on the Heart of Wales line from either Swansea or Knighton direction and offers cyclists a choice of both Road Rides and off-road mountain biking routes.

From Llanwrtyd Wells, there is a return train to Swansea at 16.25 or from Knighton to Shrewsbury at 17.37.

Llanwrtyd railway station is on the Heart of Wales Line that runs from Shrewsbury to Swansea.

Station Rd, Llanwrtyd Wells, LD5 4RW

 
Llanwrytd Wells

THE IRFON VIEW ROAD RIDE Distance 14km (8.7m) TimE 1 - 2 hrs

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

 
Llanwrytd Wells

THREE RIVERS ROAD RIDE Distance 30.5 (19m) Time 1.5 - 3hrs

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

 
Irfon Forest Off-Road Circuit

IRFON FOREST OFF-ROAD CIRCUIT Distance 24km (I5m) Time 2.5 - 3hrs

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

 
Llanwrytd Wells

LLYN BRIANNE & THE DEVIL'S STAIRCASE Distance 62km (38.5m) Time 3 - 5 hrs

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

 
 

Evening

From Llanwrtyd Wells, there is a later train back to Swansea at 20.32 or from Knighton at 19.18. For Shrewsbury, the return train from Llanwrtyd Wells is at 20.33 and from Knighton at 21.58.
 
 

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> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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