The Brecon Beacons National Park is renowned as an area of natural beauty, and as an outstanding centre for outdoor activities. Not least of these is cycling and mountain biking. Whether you are a seasoned mountain biker, hardened roadie or looking for something to do of an afternoon with the whole family, the extensive network of natural trails, quiet roads and traffic-free leisure routes will not disappoint.
The Taff Trail is an almost entirely traffic-free cycle route which starts in Brecon, and takes you on a fantastic journey through the wild landscapes of the Beacons and fascinating industrial heritage of the Valleys, ending in Cardiff Bay. Perfectly suited to taking it easy or cycling with the whole family, you could tackle the whole thing or just choose a section. Throughout the Summer a special bus service runs between Cardiff and Brecon that will transport you and your bike from one end of the trail to the other. Staying closer to home you’ll find a plethora of easy, traffic-free (or very quiet) routes and trails taking you down canal towpaths, through the forest or along meandering lanes following river valleys.
At our hire centre in Hay on Wye , we have a range of leisure bikes available to hire, as well as children’s bikes, babyseats and child trailers – so even if you don’t have your own bikes you won’t miss out. We’ll even deliver bikes free of charge within the National Park, allowing you to begin your ride wherever , and whenever, you choose.
The Brecon Beacons make a fantastic destination for mountain biking. Using the extensive network of natural trails, waymarked routes have been designed to provide all day epic rides – like the classic Gap route – taking in challenging climbs, winding open moorland singletrack and plunging rocky descents all set in wild, enthralling landscapes. If you want to take it a little easier, you could choose to explore the foothills on ancient byways and bridleways, or take a leisurely spin around the reservoir.
If you don’t have your own bike with you, or fancy giving mountain biking a try, at Drover Cycles we have a range of mountain bikes available to demo or hire, to suit all abilities. We can help you pick the best routes, or you can leave the hassle of navigating to us if you choose our guiding services.
This year, we have some exciting additions to our hire fleet. If you want to get out and experience this wonderful area by bike, but perhaps fitness (and the thought of all those hills!) is holding you back, we can offer a bit of extra assistance. We’ve had a popular range of electric bikes available to hire for a while, but we have extended this to now include electric mountain bikes, too. Both full-suspension and front-suspension-only models are available, in very high quality builds. You can hire by the day, or if you want to make a proper holiday out of it, we have put together a range of eBike breaks – both road and off-road – allowing you to experience the best of the area with minimal hassle. We can’t pedal for you, but we may have found the next best thing!
A growing number of cycling events, from Sportives and Audax to Mountain Bike Marathons, Cross-Country and road races, and non-competitive challenge rides are being organised within the National Park – a testament to the fantastic range of cycling opportunities the area offers. There really is something for every type of cyclist here – we look forward to sharing it with you.