Find out the importance of Agincourt 600 to the Brecon Beacons here
Drover Holidays have put together a special Agincourt 600 cycling tour.
An Agincourt Adventure is a two-day, self-guided tour taking in the towns and villages from which the Welsh archers hailed, and where a number of slain noblemen who lost their lives in the battle are buried.
You can time your ride to tie in with the rolling programme of anniversary events (visit the Agincourt 600 Wales website for a full rundown), or enjoy this beautiful route at any time of the year. You pick your own departure date, rather than being tied to a fixed timetable.
An Agincourt Adventure – 2-day self-guided cycling holiday
Day one (42 miles) begins in Brecon where the Cathedral’s restored 16th-century Tithe Barn and Heritage Centre houses a list of the names of local archers who fought at Agincourt, and also the stone used to sharpen their arrows.
The ride follows the River Usk and an ancient coaching route heading west from Brecon to Trecastle, home of Watkin Lloyd, who captained the Welsh archers. The route then returns to Brecon and joins canal towpath to Llangynidr before heading into the hills and Tretower, the site of a tumbledown castle ruin believed to be the muster point for the local archers who came forward to fight for Sir Henry. As well as the castle, you can visit the beautiful medieval manor house, now in the care of Cadw.
Day two (28 miles) takes tiny country lanes to Abergavenny, where St. Mary’s Priory – one of the finest churches in the whole of Britain and said to be the ‘Westminster Abbey of South Wales’ – hosts the tomb of William ap Thomas, who was knighted for his Agincourt endeavours. Then it’s east through rolling countryside to Monmouth, birthplace of King Henry V, and the journey’s end in Agincourt Square.
The price of £195 per person includes:
*2 nights’ accommodation in quality B&Bs and guesthouses.
*Luggage transfer, so you don’t have to weigh the bike down with your bags.
*Custom maps, with your daily ride highlighted.
*Route guide including directions and background information.
*Comfortable, lightweight hire bike.
*Handlebar bag, cycle computer, first aid kit, lock and water bottle.
*Pick-up and drop off at the nearest railway or bus station at the start and end of the tour.
Visit Agincourt 600 Wales to find out more about the battle and its many local connections.