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Cycling in the Brecon Beacons; © Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesCycling in the Brecon Beacons; © Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesPowys is the green heart of Wales, wedged between the Brecon Beacons to the south and the foothills of Snowdonia to the north. The winding roads, tracks and trails that crisscross the region might have been purpose-built for cycling – there are endless opportunities for two-wheeler fun, whether you’re after quiet, flat routes, tricky, rugged ascents, wooded trails or scenic bridleways.

Here are some routes to get your started:          

Lon Las Cymru  (National Cycle Route 8 and 42)
This 240-mile route runs from Anglessey to the Bristol Channel via some of the most jaw-dropping vistas in Wales. Passing through the southern fringes of Snowdonia National Park before dropping into Machynlleth and following the River Severn and the Wye through a string of pretty towns, the route offers some beautiful scenery, challenging sections as well as plenty of easy riding.

Lon Cambria route (National Cycle Route 81)
This 110-mile route traces a line from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury via some stunning Mid Wales scenery, along a remote mountain road, across the Cwmdeudwr Hills, and on to the beautiful Elan Valley Reservoirs.

THe Gospel Pass/© Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesTHe Gospel Pass/© Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesRadnor Ring (National Cycle Route 25)
Linking Rhayader, Kington, Knighton and Llandrindod Wells, this 86-mile route combines stunning landscapes with challenging ascents; for mountain bikers there’s the option to go off-road at certain sections. And good news for those that like refreshment stops to recharge the batteries: there are plenty of pubs and inns along the way.  The route follows sections of the Heart of Walesrailway line, so weary cyclists have the option of letting the train take the strain.

The Elan Valley Trail
This route follows part of an old railway line used during the construction of the Elan Valley dams. Running from Rhayader to the reservoirs, an area sometimes referred to as the Lake District of Wales, the track is an easy 8 miles – great for those who like to be able to look up to enjoy the breath-taking scenery without worrying about keeping their eyes fixed on the path ahead!

The Taff Trail
This predominantly traffic-free route follows disused railway lines, towpaths and ancient roads, traversing a stunning landscape of wooded hills, open moorland, and quaint little towns.

For more information on cycling and mountain biking in the region, try Mountain Biking Wales and Mountain Biking Brecon Beacons.


Admiring the Brecon Beacons scenery; © Crown copyright (2013) Visit WalesAdmiring the Brecon Beacons scenery; © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales