To celebrate Visit Wales “Year of Adventure” a new on-road cycle route called ‘Cycle Across the Beacons’, which is 56 miles along country lanes and some canal, has been produced.
The route runs from Llandeilo in the West to Abergavenny in the East, following a Roman Road with panoramic views of the Central Beacons,winding along lovely country lanes before joining the pretty tow path by the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
The route has been split into 5 sections:
Llandeilo to Talsarn
Distance 13 miles (21km)
Ascent 1460ft / 445m
Time 1.5-2.5 hours
Starting at the railway station, pass though the side streets of Llandeilo town before joining the A483 to cross the river Towy. Pass under the railway in Ffairfach and climb in a southerly direction towards Trapp. Before reaching Trapp the route turns west and climbs on to higher ground offering great views of the Towy Valley and the Black Mountain. Consider detouring south via Trapp to the magnificent Carreg Cennen Castle. Terrain All sections on road including the main A483 road in Llandeilo, climbing steadily at first then once on higher ground the route undulates. One steep descent and climb either side of Pont Newydd. This is the hilliest section of the entire route.Not family friendly
Description Starting with open views over fields, the surrounding terrain soon changes to a wide, open and exposed area near the Roman Camp, offering stunning views. Travelling east the route passes through a forest area (Usk reservoir to the north), before following undulating lanes into Sennybridge. Terrain Uses unclassified road throughout
Terrain At first the route follows the smooth gravel surface of the towpath of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. It then follows well maintained roads until it re-joins the canal towpath. The canal towpath condition varies a great deal and is unsuitable for road bikes. More up to date information on the surface can be found on the Canals and Rivers Trust website. The towpath is shared with walkers and a “Share the space – drop your pace’” approach should be used.
Terrain The Canal towpath condition varies a great deal and is unsuitable for road bikes. More up to date information on the surface can be found on the Canals and Rivers Trust website. The towpath is shared with walkers and a “Share the space – drop your pace’” approach should be used. The NCN is a mixture of traffic free, well surfaced greenway, highway and riverside path. Suitable for families between Llangattock and Llanfoist.
The map and more information can be found here.
Hard copies of the leaflet are also now available from Brecon Tourist Information Centre, The National Park Visitor Centre, Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre and Abergavenny Tourist Information Centre.
The route will shortly be signposted with a launch of the route to follow!
Click here for more information.