Pen-y-Pas evening briefing
We’ll meet near Pen-y-Pas for an evening briefing. This will also be an opportunity to ask any last minute questions and meet the rest of the team. After a comprehensive briefing from the More Adventure leaders, we’ll get an early night and prepare for the following day. Overnight near Pen-y-Pass.
Pen-y-Pas to Dolgellau
Climb Snowdon; Cycle 36 miles to Dolgellau
After breakfast we’ll congregate at Pen-y-Pas car park ready to begin our ascent of our first mountain, Snowdon. At 1085 metres, Snowdon is the highest of our Welsh peaks but with fresh legs it should be no problem at all. Once we’re back at Pen-y-Pas we’ll change into our cycling gear and begin our first ride of the trip to Dolgellau. The route takes us on a long descent to the pretty village of Beddgelert before crossing the river Dwyryd then continuing south to Dolgellau. Overnight in Dolgellau.
Dolgellau to Machynlleth
Cycle 7 miles; Climb Cadair Idris (893m); Cycle 9 miles
We’ll leave Dolgellau in the morning and cycle to Cadair Gates for our second mountain ascent. Cadair Idris is arguably one of Wales’ understated peaks, is usually far less busy than other peaks in Snowdonia and is a fantastic climb. Once back off the mountain, we’ll jump back onto our bikes for a short ride to Machynlleth. Overnight in Machynlleth.
Machynlleth to Brecon
Cycle 70 miles
From Machynlleth we begin cycling through some of the finest roads in mid-Wales. There are a few stiff climbs today but hopefully (weather depending!) the views will make up for it. Our route heads south-east into the hills towards Llyn Clywedog then onto the small village of Rhayader. From here we cycle directly south through Builth Wells and onto the pretty town of Brecon. Overnight in Brecon.
Brecon to Pen-y-Fan to Brecon
Cycle 8 miles; Climb Pen-y-Fan (886m); Cycle 8 miles
Our final day begins with a cycle up to the Storey Arms which is the start of our final mountain climb. Pen-y-Fan is the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is also the training ground for the military. We should reach the summit before lunch before descending back down to the Storey Arms then cycle down to Brecon. Congratulations – you made it! It’s a short ride back down to Brecon where we’ll have a meal and perhaps a few drinks to celebrate. Overnight Brecon.
After breakfast you, your bicycles and luggage will be transferred to Abergavenny train station where the trip ends and we say our goodbyes.