Top Five Bike Rides in the Brecon Beacons

Five of the best route for everyone… 

We asked Brecon Beacons based bicycle experts, bike guide and hire business Drover Holidays to tell us what their top five MTB and cycling routes in the National Park, here’s what they came up with…

“The best thing about biking in the Brecon Beacons is the variety.  The National Park offers a huge range of two-wheeled adventures, from family-friendly outings to all-mountain epics.  Here are five suggestions to get you rolling…

Brecon and Monmouth Canal

1. Brecon & Monmouth Canal.  Begin at Brecon Theatre and follow the towpath for seven flat and traffic-free miles to the pretty canal-side village of Talybont-on-Usk.  A great option for families, or anyone looking for an easy afternoon outing.

Sarn Helen near Betws





2.  Sarn Helen.  An off-road outing in the western part of the park, starting in Sennybridge.  Follow part of a Roman road and enjoy rocky double track and on-road climbs to test legs and lungs on this 25 mile MTB ride.

Stop by the great cafe in Talgarth Mill and enjoy some great local foods ©Picked Egg Photography & Design




3.  Wye Valley and Talgarth. Start in the book town of Hay on Wye and head out along the back lanes following a Sustrans cycle route to Talgarth, where you can explore the recently restored Talgarth Mill (and refuel in the on-site cafe).  Great views of the Black Mountains as you return to Hay, crossing the River Wye at Glasbury.  20 miles.




Views of the Black Mountains. ©

4. Gospel Pass and the Black Mountains.  One for the roadies!  Abergavenny and Hay on Wye are linked by what must be one of the most scenic roads in Britain, culminating in the high point known as Gospel Pass.  A long steady climb brings ample rewards, with the historic ruins at Llanthony Priory offering added interest.  Abergavenny, Hay and Brecon form the points of the triangle and make for a great 60 mile ride.


5. Cwm Rhayader.  Just outside the Park boundary but within easy reach of Llandovery, Cwm Rhayader is a quiet, compact trail centre on Forestry Commission land.  The 4-mile loop offers twisty single track through the forest and makes a perfect evening blast or a night ride when the evenings start to draw in…”


Drover Holidays are based in Hay-on-Wye and operate all over the Brecon Beacons National Park.  They offer a range of services from walking and biking holidays, bike rental from a top quality fleet of bikes and also have a bike shop.

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