Cycling Lôn Las Cymru

250 miles through the heart of Wales on traffic-free paths and quiet roads

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9781852849870
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Guidebook to cycling Lôn Las Cymru, a 255 mile (410km) route from Cardiff, or 242 mile (390km) from Chepstow to Holyhead, showcasing Wales's beautiful rural heartland. Cycling is on quiet roads and traffic-free paths, and although there are some mountainous sections, gradients are mostly gentle. The route can be completed in 4-7 days.

Seasons Seasons
The best time to go is between April and October when the days are longer and the weather is at its best.
Centres Centres
The route passes through many of the main towns in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia National Park.
Difficulty Difficulty
The route can be ridden as a leisure ride or as a challenge and there are schedules for both types of rider. There are mountainous sections in Mid Wales but gradients are never severe and some, such as that up the Vale of Ewyas, barely perceptible until the very top.
Must See Must See
Lôn Las Cymru runs from Cardiff or Chepstow to Holyhead, passing through the heart of Wales. Translating loosely as Wales' Green Lane, it is the preeminent cycle route in Wales, passing through lush countryside, and following quiet lanes and former railway lines.
ISBN
9781852849870
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Aug 2018
Edition
First
Pages
128
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 0.8cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to cycling Lôn Las Cymru, a 255 mile (410km) route from Cardiff, or 242 mile (390km) from Chepstow to Holyhead, showcasing Wales's beautiful rural heartland. Passing through the Brecon Beacons National Park, Snowdonia National Park, and over the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons and the Cambrian Mountains, the route is as scenic as it is rewarding.

    Divided into 5 stages, the route (which follows quiet roads and traffic-free paths) is described from both Cardiff and Chepstow. Accompanying route description for each stage is 1:100,000 mapping and elevation profiles, giving a clear indication of course. Suggested summary schedules from both start destinations are included, detailing possible 4 to 7 day cycle options. Also included is handy practical information about transport to and from the route, accommodation en route, baggage transfer options and preparing your bike.

    As well as taking in some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in the British Isles, Wales’s preeminent cycle route passes by an impressive array of interesting historic sites, as well as pretty villages and interesting towns, making it a ride to remember.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    Why Lôn Las Cymru?
    How tough is it?
    Which direction to ride?
    Selecting a schedule
    Getting there
    First and last nights
    When to ride
    Accommodation
    Baggage transfer
    What to take
    Preparing your bike
    Eating
    Phones and Wi-Fi
    Emergencies
    Waymarking
    Maps
    Using this guide
    Lôn Las Cymru
    Stage 1 Cardiff to Glasbury
    Stage 1a Chepstow to Glasbury
    Stage 2 Glasbury to Llanidloes
    Stage 3 Llanidloes to Dolgellau
    Stage 4 Dolgellau to Caernarfon
    Stage 5 Caernarfon to Holyhead

    Appendix A Cycle shops
    Appendix B Accommodation
    Appendix C Useful contacts
    Appendix D What to take
    Appendix E Welsh words and pronunciation
    Appendix F Selected additional reading

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Barrett

Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett spent his working life as a professional marketer, but still found time for climbing, winter mountaineering and sea kayaking. He first visited the Harris hills as a teenager and became a regular visitor. He lived in North Harris for a number of years, where he and his wife ran a guest house and, although now a city-dweller, he still makes frequent forays to the Hebrides, reconnecting with the wilderness and catching up with old friends.

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