Ride Wales by bike this year
Road cycle some of the finest riding in the country
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Wales
Perhaps visit this historic site on day 1 and settle into the area
Stretch your legs on some epic roadways of the UK
Bike tour Wales and follow the path of a Tour de France winner!
Experience the beauty and serenity of the Brecon Beacons National Park
Explore Wales on a guided bike tour
Embrace the camaraderie as you discover Wales by bike

Wales - Monmouthshire and the Brecon Beacons

Duration
8 days
Site savings
$42
From
$2,034 USD

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas honed his cycling skills on the climbs of the Brecon Beacons National Park and now you can too! This challenging yet achievable road cycling adventure in Wales is perfect for road cyclists looking for a new destination in an impressive and largely unexplored corner of the British Isles.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    293.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    48.5 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The arrival point is Tintern where, if you choose to drive, you will be able to use the free parking at the accommodation and leave your car for the duration of the trip. If traveling by train we ask that you arrive into and depart from Newport Train Station. Train station transfers are included in the holiday cost (on day 1) and there will be a transfer at 17.00 from the train station to your accommodation on day 1.

    At the end of the holiday there will be a morning group transfer back to Newport train station, please do not book a return train before 12.00. From the train station, you will then return to the first hotel in Tintern so that drivers can collect their cars.

    Please contact us before making any travel arrangements, to make sure we have reached the minimum number required to guarantee your holiday and to ensure your arrangements fit with our scheduled transfers and logistics.

    Please note – If you make alternative travel arrangements, which fall outside of the group schedule, there may be an additional charge for individual transfers.

    The nearest airport to Newport is Bristol (BRS) Airport which is 18.7 miles away. Other nearby airports include Cardiff (CWL) (19.8 miles), Birmingham (BHX) (80.9 miles), London Heathrow (LHR) (110.3 miles) and London Luton (LTN) (114.7 miles).

  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 8 days long with 6 days of cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    This tour explores two rather different regions of Southern Wales, each with its own contrasting terrain characteristics, ranging from short and sometimes steep climbs, to more evenly graded longer mountain ascents and gentler, rolling hills.

    Road surfaces can vary quite dramatically within just a few miles and whilst many are generally good, as is the case in all rural regions, it is not uncommon to encounter occasional gravelly sections, potholes and some poorer surfaces in some areas. Similarly, cattle grids, wandering sheep and other livestock are frequent features.

    For the most part, small, quiet country lanes have been chosen however you will occasionally venture onto larger busier roads. Traffic levels are generally low but can increase during holiday periods and rush hours. The two-centre-based nature of this particular tour dictates that you will ride out from, and back to, our hotels via the same few roads on multiple occasions. Whilst the operator will do their best to schedule the riding to avoid rush hours it may be impossible to avoid short periods of heavier/fast moving traffic on occasion.

    Good bike handling skills, a reasonable level of fitness and competency/experience in traffic are required.

    This tour is suitable for:

    -For riders with experience, good fitness & a decent level of skill
    -Some features that may be experienced more frequently in a higher grade tour
    -Most days include a couple of significant climbs
    -Some long days & some steep to very steep sections
    -Not for beginners

    Is this suitable for you?

    You’re definitely not a novice rider, you’re fit, you ride regularly at weekends, sometimes staying on the bike for much of the day, you love your bike! You also enjoy a challenge and if you haven’t already done so you’re keen to attempt a semi-serious to serious mountain pass or two. You’re as comfortable with the prospect of descending from the top of a col as you are with the idea of climbing it and you’re confident that you have the skills to do so safely. You’re not necessarily a “racer” but you can crank up the pace a little when it’s necessary and you don’t mind forgoing a coffee stop if the schedule demands it occasionally. You probably own and use clipless pedals. You have good control of your bike and can take a drink from a water bottle without having to unclip and put your feet on the ground. Whilst you find a full day in the saddle fulfilling you’re not obsessed and as much as you are looking forward to the riding on your holiday, you’re also looking forward to a little local culture and cuisine. Grade 3 would be a good option for you.

  • What's the weather like?

    When cycling in the UK it’s best to come prepared for sun and rain, warm and cold all in the same day – spring, summer and autumn. Although there can be wide variations the monthly average temperature in the UK ranges from 9 degrees centigrade in April through to 17 degrees centigrade in July and then 11 degrees in October.

    At the beginning and end of the season (in March and late October) the weather can be a little less predictable and there could be some cooler days.

  • Please read here for a message from the tour operator concerning Covid-19:

    Book with confidence

    With travel restrictions and changing government guidance still present in our lives, the Tour Operator is are committed to doing everything they can to help more of you to enjoy fun on two wheels in the most enjoyable and responsible way possible.

    To help you better plan ahead with peace of mind, they want to reassure you that your holiday is financially protected and that you will be well looked after by them, no matter what happens. 

    Our promise to you…
    - If the Tour Operator has to cancel a tour because of COVID-19, you will have the option of a full refund. They will only run tours in destinations that are safe and will always follow the most up-to-date government guidance. They will cancel any tours where the FCDO advises against all but essential travel.
    - Your money is protected by ABTOT, whether as a payment for a specific holiday or as a credit note. This means if you are entitled to a refund this is guaranteed, no matter the circumstances.

    In addition, it’s essential that you…
    - Have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your tour (whether in the UK or overseas), you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip or any extra costs you might incur. Please contact our team if you need some advice. In doing so, the Tour Operator can ensure the local communities are impacted as little as possible and can continue to deliver the excellent holidays we know you love. This extended team are predominantly small businesses and the aim is to honour our commitments to them, so we can all rebuild after COVID-19.
    - Keep up to date with local requirements in your chosen destination. This might relate to testing or vaccination requirements for entering your destination or using facilities such as hotels and restaurants while you are there. These requirements can change often and the Tour Operator will do their best to keep you up to date, you need to ensure you are aware of, and can comply with, any requirements which might be in place at the time you travel. Depending on the circumstances the Tour Operator may not be able to offer a refund if you can’t comply with these kinds of requirements. For UK based travelers, the best source of information is the Government’s foreign travel advice.

    Social distancing, enhanced hygiene and face coverings
    For the safety of everyone, the Tour Operator will be ensuring the cycle tours comply with local guidelines. In reality, you’ll be out on your bikes most of the day enjoying the great outdoors, so you’ll have plenty of time to relax and unwind.
    - The group tours are limited to small groups – on average 10 people (maximum 16 people) as we believe this is the most responsible – and enjoyable – way to travel.
    - Face coverings should be worn in compliance with local guidelines, which in many destinations includes when using public transport, in shops and certain attractions, and whenever social distancing cannot be observed. Please be aware of face covering requirements for travel to your destination and contact us if you have any questions. In the absence of any legal requirements, we ask you to respect the wishes of any private businesses you might visit such as cafes or hotels. Please let us know at the point of booking if you are unable to wear a face covering.
    - Our team continues to observe good hygiene practice, including regular handwashing and sanitising, and request that customers do the same. Depending on where you travel, you may not be able to purchase supplies locally, so best to come with adequate supplies of hand sanitiser for use throughout your holiday.

    If you display symptoms or test positive
    For the benefit of yourself, the people you are traveling with and our team, please let us know as soon as possible if you test positive for COVID-19 or display any symptoms.
    - We recommend testing before joining any of our trips.
    - It is essential that you are in good health when embarking on your holiday. Under certain circumstances, we may ask you to take a test or provide proof of having had the vaccines. In the rare event you fall ill before or during your tour, it is essential you follow the guidelines provided by us in your pre-departure information.
    - If you are symptomatic or if you test positive this is likely to mean you are unable to join your trip.
    - If you test positive whilst on the holiday then we will assist you in reporting the illness and making appropriate arrangements, whether that be to quarantine or return home. In most circumstances, this will mean your participation in the tour will have to come to an end.

    Vaccination status
    In many destinations, you may need to be fully vaccinated to be able to join our trips.
    - If you are traveling to another country you may need to be fully vaccinated to enter, or to use facilities such as cafes or hotels. Some destinations may allow testing in place of vaccination, but the nature of our trips means this often isn’t a practical option.
    - There may be some situations where social distancing isn’t possible or where you will come in contact with people who aren’t part of our group or team, such as hotel and restaurant staff. Because of this, we recommend being fully vaccinated to make sure you are as safe as possible.
    - Some destinations we visit have less developed public health facilities which can impact local residents’ ability to access the same protections we might enjoy. In such cases, we strive to weigh up entry requirements and recommendations from our local partners to establish a responsible company policy on vaccinations that protects our customers, local teams and the communities we visit as much as possible.
    - Please let us know as early as possible if you aren’t fully vaccinated so we can discuss any implications, including if you are able to join the trip.

    Bikes, vehicles and equipment
    We know you love the extra support we offer on tour and so we’ve made sure you continue to have access to all these essential holiday components.
    - Our team will guide you through any relevant protocols when using bikes, equipment and vehicles on your trip.
    - All transfer staff will be adhering to recognized local hygiene guidelines and these vehicles will be regularly deep cleaned, with extra attention paid to regular touchpoints.

    Food and accommodation
    Amazing food and lovely places to stay are a big part of the tour experience. All accommodation providers are following relevant local guidelines relating to COVID-19. The impact of new measures should be minimal and may vary from place to place, however, these will always be clearly communicated to you by our team on the ground.
    - You may notice increased and enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices, in guest rooms and communal areas.
    - In some places, temperature checks will be conducted upon entering.
    - Measures promoting social distancing may be in place and you may be asked to avoid communal areas and touchpoints.
    - We will offer our usual high-quality lunches and snacks but you may notice a few changes to how these are delivered to allow for any local guidance.

    Updated: 27 Jan 2023

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
"The trip opened our eyes to some superb cycling on our doorstep..."
Scott, Berkshire
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Yet another fantastic cycling adventure with the [tour operator] team. We opted for Wales given the uncertainty surrounding International travel during the Covid-19 pandemic and we were not disappointed. The trip opened our eyes to some superb cycling on our doorstep.

We felt safe and protected by the additional steps taken by our guides and the hotel staff during our tour. It was good to get out and stretch our legs after so long in lockdown. If you are worried about taking a trip with [the tour operator] at this time, don’t be, they have everything under control and will make sure you enjoy yourself, safely. Thank you!


"The guides were so knowledgeable, I was trying to get as much information out of them as I could!"
David, Devon
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

I really enjoyed all of the days but I particularly enjoyed the big climbing days as it was a good challenge. The service provided is first class and guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about bikes and cycling.


"Terrific! - little more to say!"
David, Oxford
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Terrific! – little more to say! Picking a favorite day is so hard, because they were all so good in their way, and different. Our tour leader was faultless. And really good company, with a lovely sense of humor! The sort of person I would love to have in our cycling club!! All this, and very professional too. I appreciated the way he included everyone, equally. Both of our guides were passionate about the area and the riding. I’d be very happy if either or both guides live locally to me and I’d willingly ride with them [though they’d need to wait for me I think!!].