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Heart Of Wales Self-Guided Bicycle Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: MWSG7

Tour Overview

This itinerary explores the beautiful and remote centre of Wales including the Brecon Beacons National park, the Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk.

Starting from Abergavenny, the first leg leads west following the Monmouth and Brecon Canal to the historic town of Brecon. Leaving Brecon you follow the valley of the River Wye north via Builth Wells to Rhayader for a two night halt. The loop ride explores the Elan Valley. The next leg takes you south east through remote terrain to Hay-on-Wye for another two night halt. From Hay, the loop ride explores the Golden Valley. The final leg leads south over Gospel Pass in the Vale of Ewyas, passing Llanthony Priory on the way back to Abergavenny.

For information on the en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.
The itinerary follows routes B, D, E, F, I and J
This tour is rated B/C – click here for tour rating description.

Ten highlights

  • The Monmouth and Brecon Canal
  • The Brecon Beacons
  • The reservoirs of the Elan Valley
  • Feeding time at the red kites centre in Rhayader
  • The Heart of Wales railway
  • Offa’s Dyke – the ancient defensive wall between England and Wales
  • Exploring the fascinating bookshops in Hay-on-Wye
  • The ascent of (and descent from) Gospel Pass
  • Llanthony Priory
  • Greosmont Castle


  • Builth Wells
  • Gospel Pass
  • Wales Riding
  • Welsh Road
  • Wye Valley


  • It is possible to start and/or finish this tour in Cardiff by riding the Taff Trail between Brecon and Cardiff. Please contact us if this is of interest to you.

Outline Itinerary

Day Itinerary Start Finish Route options
En Route
1 arrive at ABERGAVENNY          
2 route B Abergavenny Brecon    
Raglan Castle; Monmouth & Brecon Canal; Tretower Court
3 route D Brecon Rhayader    
Myndd Eppynt; Builth Wells; Wye Valley
4 route E Rhayader Rhayader  
Elan Valley; Red Kite Centre
5 route F Rhayader Hay-on-Wye    
Offa's Dyke; Hergest Croft Gardens; Small Breeds Farm Park
7 route I Hay-on-Wye Hay-on-Wye  
Golden Valley; Abbeydore; Longtown Castle; Arthur's Stone
7 route J Hay-on-Wye Abergavenny  
Vale of Ewyas; Gospel Pass; Llanthony Priory; Grosmont Castle; Skenfrith Castle; White Castle
8 depart from ABERGAVENNY        

Tour Costs

Costs in Sterling Pounds
basic cost per person sharing
single accommodation supplement (if applicable)
Optional Costs
bicycle rental
Trek Hybrid
pannier rental per pair
luggage transfers
shared charge for group
additional charge per rider

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