Radnor Ring - cycle route

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The Radnor Ring is an 84 mile circular cycle route around the old county of Radnorshire with a mixture of on and off road cycling. The route follows country lanes, river valleys, traffic-free trails and mountain roads, offering spectacular views of some of Mid Wales' most awe-inspiring scenery. It passes through some stunning landscapes, climbs over some strenuous passes and even has an optional off road section for those that would prefer to ride it on a mountain bike.

The route passes a number of train stations on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, including Knighton, Knucklas, Llangunllo, Llanbister Road and Llandrindod Wells.

The route is signed mainly signed as National Route 825 but takes in some of National Route 8 (Lon Las Cymru) between Rhayader and Newbridge -on-Wye. The route predominantly runs through Powys but in the East, the route creeps back and forth over the Welsh English border in to Herefordshire passing through Kington, Presteigne and Knighton.

The towns and villages offer plenty of accommodation options and the whole route is dotted with country inns that provide perfect places to stop for lunch. As an introduction to cycle touring in Wales, this would be a hard one to beat.

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  • Disabled toilets


  • Circular Route
  • Description of route - NCN Route 8 and Route 825
  • Difficult Route - Moderate to challenging
  • Length of route (miles) - 84
  • Typical duration of route - Typically 7 hours cycling

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Rhayader is on the main A470 from north or south Wales and A44 from Leominster Public Transport Information - www.travelinecymru.wales

Public Transport Directions

This circular route passes a number of railway stations on the scenic Heart of Wales railway including Knighton, Knucklas, Llangunllo, Llanbister Road and Llandrindod Wells.

The nearest train station to Rhayader is Llandrindod station (11 miles)

Radnor Ring Cycle Route

Type:Cycle Route

Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5BU


Rhaeadr Gwy | Rhayader, RhayaderA busy, historic market town, Rhayader is named after 'Rhayadr Gwy', a Welsh name for a local waterfall on the Wye. The town is situated in the very heart of Mid Wales in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley sheltered by the Cambrian Mountains.

Lon Cambrian RouteLon Las Cymru | Rhayader to Llangurig, RhayaderAlthough this is not strictly a traffic free route, this minor gated road running down the Wye Valley carries next to no traffic as the main A470 runs parallel, on the other side of the valley, all the way from Llangurig to Rhayader.

Rhayader | Walking & Hiking, RhayaderGet off the beaten path and explore everything that Rhayader and the Elan Valley has to offer, from gentle relaxing walks to something to challenging the most experienced climbers.

Elan Valley ReservoirsRhayader to Devil's Bridge | Scenic Drive, RhayaderDescribed by the AA as “one of the 10 best scenic drives in the world”, expect spectacular scenery as you travel the watershed of the Cambrian Mountains,

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