TRANS

CAMBRIAN

WAY

The Trans Cambrian is our speciality. We live and work on the trail, which means we are riding the route all year round in every weather imaginable. You could say we know it like the back of our hand!

Our accommodation providers and transport services are not just businesses we work with, they are our friends. They help make our guided tours the best on the market, and with a minimum 10 open tours each year, and bespoke tours on request, there is a Trans Cambrian Way to suit everyone.

Where does it go?

The Trans Cambrian Way is a long distance mountain bike route that snakes its way through the heart of mid Wales, and climbs over the oldest mountain range in Europe, the Cambrian Mountains.

 

It's 108 Miles in length (approx 175km) and takes in around 13,000ft of climbing, Starting in Knighton on the border of England and Wales, finishing at Dyfi Junction just south of Machynlleth.

 

 

Most groups like to take three days to cover the distance, but with  both challenging terrain and the 'occasional' rain shower (we know, it's Wales!) can often make the days a little harder. So it's nice to roll up at a B&B, put a clean change of clothes on, and have a well earned rest and a drink at the end of a long days ride.

the route

Day 1, Knighton to Rhayader, 54km, 1200m of climbing. Depart Knighton, border town on the Offas Dyke with a gentle start to Knucklas. This gives us a nice warm up for the first grassy climb and onto Beacon Hill. We stay high for a while to Stankey Hill before dropping to Llanbadarn for lunch. The afternoon takes us high up to Bwlch Sarnau and over the top above Abbeycwmhir Forest and onto Rhayader for our first night.

Day 2, Rhayader to Llangurig, 74km, 1600m of climbing. We head out into Elan Valley and follow a series of bridleways to the sunken road, and on to Claerwen Dam. We ride around the reservoir and onto the Teifi Pools. We then head back east toward Cwmystwyth. The end of the day has two long climbs in Tarenig Forest, not nice on an already epic day! Wild scenery and epic climbs earn a deserved night's rest in Llangurig.

Day 3, Llangurig to Machynlleth, 47km, 1200m of climbing. We head up out of Llangurig toward Hafren Forest and a more relaxed start. But don't be fooled, we climb all morning toward Staylittle and onto Glyndwrs Way. At Foel Fadian, we descend for over 200m down the valley and onto the Mach 2/3 trail. From here we head toward our grand finish on a local enduro trail into Machynlleth. Beautiful scenery and single track trail is guaranteed. Load bikes, jump on the bus and back to Knighton for farewells.

Trans Cambrian Way; 3 days guided riding across Wales including 3 nights B&B in 3/4* public houses; 2 x 2 course evening meal; fully qualified and experienced guide; transfer of luggage between stops; and return transport back to Knighton. £360pp (based on two sharing, single supplement available) £75 deposit to secure a place upon booking

A riders view

Outdoor Fitness Feb 2018

Useful things

to know

Exclusive Trans Cambrian Way Print

Trans Cambrian Way art-deco style print exclusively designed by Thomas Lewis Jones of Hafod Hardware in Rhayader.

 

Printed on A3, 250gsm silk finish paper, wrapped in tissue, and sent directly to your door in a sturdy cardboard tube. A perfect gift to hang on your wall after riding across Wales, or, buy one for someone who has! £15 print only, plus £2.50 p+p.

 

To make a purchase, please visit https://mountainyogabreaks.co.uk/product/trans-cambrian-print/

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