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! Please check train times prior to arrival.

Wheely wonderful Cycling Holidays, near Presteigne offers some fantastic self guided cycle tours and you can arrange to have your cycles / electric bikes delivered to a local railway station of your choice if arranged beforehand.

 

Morning

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

Award winning cycling holidays in Wales. Excellent accommodation, luggage transported, detailed route guides and a full back up service. This area of Wales offers some of the best cycling holidays in Europe,

Petchfield Farm, Elton, Nr Ludlow, SY8 2HJ

 

The Offa's Dyke Centre is the number one port of call for everything to do with Offa's Dyke, the National Trail and Welsh border region.

West Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1EN

 

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.

Alternatively from Llandrindod travel to Rhayader to enjoy the fabulous Elan Valley reservoirs or stay on the train to Llanwrtyd Wells.

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 Palace, Temple Street , Llandrindod Wells , Powys , LD1 5DL

 

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.

 

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.

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

The Elan Valley Trail is a linear path following the line of the old Birmingham Corporation Railway. The trail starts in Cwmdauddwr, just west of Rhayader and finishes 13 km (8 miles) further up the Elan Valley at Craig Goch Dam.

Walk Route: Moderate

  • Access: Traffic free. Tarmac & gravel
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Miles: 9

Cwm Elan | Elan Valley & Visitor Centre, Nr Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP

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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.

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

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

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

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

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

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

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

Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, LD5 4RW

Walkers are Welcome Towns and Villages

 

Llyn Brianne is a spectacular reservoir at almost 300m (990ft) above sea level. It holds over 64million cubic metres of water contained by a 91m (300ft) stone-built dam and is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Cambrian Mountains, SA20 0PG

 
 

Evening

 

Overnight

 
 

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> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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