Cycling Lôn Las Cymru
250 miles through the heart of Wales on traffic-free paths and quiet roads
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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.
- The best time to go is between April and October when the days are longer and the weather is at its best.
- The route passes through many of the main towns in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia National Park.
- 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
- 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.
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.
Why Lôn Las Cymru?
How tough is it?
Which direction to ride?
Selecting a schedule
First and last nights
When to ride
What to take
Preparing your bike
Phones and Wi-Fi
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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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.View Articles and Books by Richard Barrett
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