Trans-Cambrian Cycling Epic

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Jul 13

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average 95km a day

Join us on this epic adventure, riding right across Wales from Swansea to Bangor, a highlight of our 2019 cycling calendar. 

Experience the heady beauty of the Heart of Wales, a deeply sculpted pastoral landscape virtually free from cars. Take in the moorland majesty of the Cambrian Mountains, and then to cap it all off, revel in the stunning Snowdonia. Our route has been specially designed for OutdoorLads, taking in some of the best roads and passes in the Cambrian Mountains - a road cycling version of the Cambrian Way, or a tweaked version of Lon Las Cymru.

We will be staying in bunkhouses, and you are encouraged to pack light to best enjoy the mountains. You can use traditional panniers or try one of the new specialist bikepacking bags that fit on your seat post.

You will need reasonable fitness for this ride, as we will average 95km / 60mi and 1300m of climbing each day, in very remote areas. Don't worry too much about the number of days however - if you are ok doing 50+ miles in one day you'll be fine. There are also dropouts each day for trains home. If in doubt, please message the leader. 


See the image below for an overview of the route, and click here for all the routes in ridewithgps. You are strongly encouraged to take the routes with you in case you want to ride at a faster/slower pace than the main group. That said we will wait for slower riders.

Day 1, Saturday 13th - Route / Shorter Route

Starting in Swansea, we will take the famous Black Mountain Road to Llandovery. From there we’ll ride through the secret valleys of the Heart of Wales - quite likely the best part of the ride - before staying overnight at the remote Dolgoch Hostel between Llanwrtyd amd Tregaron. Please note, there is no electricity at Dolgoch so you will not be able to charge your phone. 

Day 2, Sunday 14th - Route / Shorter Route

Today we’ll ride down towards Llanddewi Brefi (of Daffyd fame!) then up through Cymwrystwth and into the high majesty of the Elan Valley. Crossing the watershed of the Cambrian Mountains we’ll ride past a string of reservoirs, before passing through Rhayader and the secret valley of Abbeycwmhir, staying overnight at the Mid Wales Bunkhouse about 1km from Pant-y-dwr and 6km from Rhayader. 

Day 3, Monday 15th - Route

Day 2 in the Cambrians. We’ll take in Bwlch y Groes, the highest paved pass in Wales, before arriving at Bala Lake, where we’ll stay overnight at Bala Bunkhouse about 2km outside Bala itself. 

Day 4, Tuesday 16th - Route / Shorter Route

Today we have our final hit of Cambrian moorland on our way over to Ffestiniog, then we head into Snowdonia, taking in the best mountain roads beneath the foot of Snowdon, taking Telford’s road over the Nant Ffrancon Pass (although we could switch to Pen-y-pass if anyone is inclined!). We end in Bangor where there are frequent trains back home (see below).



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