Cycling and food! Two great ways to enjoy a day. You can eat lots and then burn it off on a glorious bike ride.
The Brecon Beacons is blessed with some wonderful cafes and bike rides, so why not combine them for a great day out?
Now is the perfect time to dig out your bike and get peddling! Here are four great rides we’d recommend.
1. Talgarth Mill via route 8 (Sustrans) (closed Monday)
Approx 20 miles, hilly but quiet roads…approx 3 hours round trip including tea and cakes
To return retrace the route to where you turn R off the B4560 then first L and follow the lovely small lane with grass down the middle to Tredustan, and Glandwr, then back to Lanfihangel, and short climb before a nice descent to Groesford and return to Brecon along the canal.
For more information on routes around Talgarth, read our bike guide.
2. Llangors, Beacons Farm Shop, and Talybont Canalside Cafe.
Also about 20 miles and 3 hours including tea. Not too hilly, just the first one up to Llanfihangel.
Carry on to Bwlch, turn R and R again to Llangynidr then R on quiet lanes to Talybont. More tea if needed at Talybont post office, then easy ride back along the canal.
3. Defynnog and Mynydd Illtud.
This one also about 20 miles and 3 hours, with tea, 2 steepish hills, the rest undulating.
From Brecon head west to the roundabout and then turn past the livestock market and uphill to Mynydd Illtud. A short diversion to the left will take you to the Mountain Visitor Centre for a snack option. Otherwise keep heading west with lovely views until you reach the A4215, where you can turn R and have a fast descent to Defynnog, where the Old School Tea Room provides the tea and cake fix. (Closed Tuesdays)
After tea, go into Sennybridge and straight across the A40 towards Pentrefelin. As the road starts to climb turn R on minor lane which takes you via Trallong (short steep climb) and Aberbran (turn right for strawberries) to Cradoc. At Cradoc turn R and down into Brecon.
For more information on routes around Mynydd Illtud read our walking guide.
4. Around Talybont (best with a hybrid or mountain bike)
About 25- 27 miles depending on exact route. About 3.5 hours with stop.
Head along the canal from Brecon, follow Taff Trail to Talybont reservoir. (Option to try tea and cake at YHA Dan y Wen Allt) up the trail through woods to Torpantau then back down the road the other side of the reservoir. A stop at Talybont Cafe and back along the canal to Brecon.
For more information on routes around Talybont read our walking guide.