Abergwesyn valley in the Cambrian mountains

TRANS-CAMBRIAN CHALLENGE

The Cambrian Mountains are famous for their challenging hills and incredible scenery. The tour features an unrelenting climb up the Devil’s Staircase, a highlight of the Milk Race until the 1990s and one of the toughest ascents in the UK. But just as epic is the alpine-style ascent through the Cymystwyth valley to the Elan Valley reservoirs.

You'll be rewarded by spectacular views across a rugged mountain landscape, with our rides following quiet routes through remote river valleys and mountain passes. If you're looking for a road cycling challenge in a spectacular natural environment, this is the tour for you.

Your base is the market town of Tregaron at the foot of the Cambrian Mountains. You’ll be staying in a cosy, country inn renowned for its friendly welcome. You can look forward to excellent locally-sourced food, a bustling bar to relax in after your rides, and a comfortable bed for a good night's sleep.

Type of tour: Guided

Duration: 2 nights

Difficulty: Hard

Price: from £285

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Dates & Price

GUIDED TOUR - from £285

Friday 27 - Sunday 29 September 2019

If these dates don't work for you, or you'd like a bespoke trip, get in touch.

Itinerary

Day 1 Check in to accommodation in Tregaron. You can set-up your bike, before a briefing for the next day's ride.

Day 2 – Departing from Tregaron you head out along the Teifi Valley. You then begin your climb into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains, where you will skirt Llyn Brianne before starting a fabulous descent along the river Towy. We then head back across the breathtaking Abergwesyn valley to tackle the Devil’s Staircase, which has a gradient of 25% at its steepest. You can then enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery on your way back towards Tregaron.

Day 3 – After breakfast and a short briefing, you will follow quiet lanes winding through the lower Ystwyth Valley. You then climb again into the Cambrian Mountains, heading for the picturesque Elan Valley reservoirs via an alpine-style mountain road. Passing through the market town of Rhayader, you traverse the mountain and enjoy some breathtaking descents on your way back to Tregaron.

If you'd rather something different, get in touch.

Accommodation

You will be staying in Y Talbot, a historic and charming country inn located in the pretty market town of Tregaron, at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains.

Dating back to the 17th century, Y Talbot once served as a gathering point for cattle drovers heading over the mountains to markets in England. Today, its location on Tregaron's central square makes it the gathering place of choice for locals and visitors alike.

Y Talbot has character in abundance, with lots of oak beams, slate flagged floors and inglenook fireplaces. And in the summer, the terrace and beer garden are a real treat.

The food and drink's excellent too (head chef Dafydd trained with Marco Pierre White and worked at the Ritz before joining Y Talbot!). There's an emphasis on using local and seasonal produce, which we'd recommend washing down with a pint of one of the many Welsh real ales on tap. Breakfast won't disappoint either - you can't go wrong with the hearty full Welsh before heading out for those rugged mountains.

Thoroughly refurbished in recent years, all the bedrooms are stylishly furnished, ensuite (with great showers!) and very comfortable.

And to top it all off, this is a fully cyclist friendly establishment! There's safe storage for bikes, a drying room, and you won't be frowned at for wandering about in your lycra. Which makes it one of our absolute favourite places to eat, drink and relax on a cycling weekend.

What's Included

All tours include:

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation (price based on two people sharing)
  • Transfer to/from accommodation if required
  • Small groups (max. 8 riders)
  • Experienced local guide
  • On road drinks, snacks and home-baked treats
  • Support vehicle and mechanic