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Herefordshire & The Welsh Borders
4th September 2021 - 9th September 2021 (6 days)
This is a fixed centre tour based at Kington Youth Hostel. Kington is a small market town in Herefordshire just two miles from the Welsh border. A network of almost traffic-free but often hilly lanes are accessible from the town offering delightful, if at times, challenging cycling through the rolling hills, villages and towns of Herefordshire and the Welsh borders. A choice of circular routes will be offered each day ranging from 35 to 65 miles. The tour will suit riders who are used to riding in hilly terrain.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Michael Stainer
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hostel
- Board Basis B&B
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03626
Saturday 4th September
Arrive at Kington Youth Hostel from 4pm onwards. Meet in the lounge at 6pm for introductions and a tour briefing. Stay 5 nights. Meals: None
Sunday 5th September
Circular rides to the east of Kington passing through several “black and white” villages including Eardisland, Eardisley, Pembridge and Weobley. The longer ride also visits the market town of Leominster. Choice of 35 and 50 mile routes. Meals: B
Monday 6th September
Circular rides to the west of Kington, climbing the lower slopes of Hergest Ridge before crossing the border into Wales. The longer route continues west, tackling the hills through Glascwm and the remote moorland north of the Carneddau to reach Builth Wells. Both routes return along the Wye valley, visiting Hay on Wye before the climb back to Kington. Choice of 40 and 56 mile routes. Meals: B
Tuesday 7th September
Circular rides to the north of Kington with options to visit the Shropshire town of Clun and the Welsh border towns of Knighton and Presteigne. Choice of 34, 44 and 54 mile routes. Meals: B
Wednesday 8th September
Circular rides to the south of Kington passing through Hay on Wye before taking alternative onward routes. The longest ride climbs the Gospel Pass, the highest road in Wales at 549 metres above sea level, whereas the shorter rides head through the Golden Valley. Choice of 40, 58 and 65 mile routes. In the evening, a group meal will be taken at a local pub. Meals: B D
Thursday 9th September
Circular ride of approximately 25 miles. The tour ends at 2pm after returning to the hostel. Meals: B
Meals: B = Breakfast D = Dinner
The above itinerary should be treated as an indication of what is to be accomplished during the tour and not as a contractual obligation.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation will be at Kington Youth Hostel in dormitories shared by a maximum of two people; all bedding is provided. Single rooms are not available. Provisions for breakfasts will be supplied and one group dinner at a local pub is included. A vegetarian option can be arranged if requirements are stated on the booking form. There is a self-catering kitchen for other meals, and there are several local pubs and restaurants nearby.
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.
The price of £345 is based on a minimum number of 10 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 26th June 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- 5 nights hostel, sharing dormitories
- Provisions for 5 breakfasts
- 1 dinner
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to and from Kington Youth Hostel
- Dinner on 4 nights
- Drinks with dinner
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions visited
- Any other personal expenses
A deposit of £40 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £305 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 26th June 2021.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 26th June 2021
From 26th June 2021 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
This is a fixed-centre tour based in the small Herefordshire market town of Kington. The surrounding area is known as The Marches, which covers the border country between England and Wales. Kington lies on the Offa’s Dyke path and is dominated by Hergest Ridge rising 1,400ft to the west.
The area offers a wide variety of cycling opportunities that can be explored on predominately lightly-trafficked minor roads. To the west lie the hills and moorland separating England and Wales, to the south there is the picturesque Wye Valley, the “book town” of Hay on Wye, the Gospel Pass and The Golden Valley. In the east the terrain is more gentle and contains several “black and white” villages. To the north lie the Welsh border towns of Presteigne and Knighton and an opportunity to pop into Shropshire.
This is a predominately hilly area, but the rewards will be stunning views of the surrounding hills and mountains, the picturesque villages, the tranquil river valleys and the many traffic-free roads.
Rides & Rest Days
At least two circular rides of different lengths will be offered each day. All of the rides have at least two recommended café stops, and there will be ample time to enjoy the scenery and to take photographs en route.
The cycling will, as far as possible, be on minor lanes, several of which have grass growing down the middle, with occasional sections of loose gravel and the inevitable potholes. All of the rides are on tarmac with the exception of a 0.5 mile stretch on a cycle track with a compacted gravel surface. One of the rides will be led each day. The plan will be to set off around 9:30am and return to the hostel in the late afternoon.
A full set of route, maps and elevation profiles for each ride will be sent to participants approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the tour. For those participants who would like to follow the routes on their GPS, a gpx file for each route will also be made available.
Accommodation & Meals
We have sole use of the hostel with a maximum of two persons sharing each dormitory style room meaning that only the lower bunk beds need be used. Some rooms have a double bed so couples should indicate on the booking form whether they have a preference for a double-bedded room. All of the rooms have en-suite showers and hand basins, and most also have en-suite toilets. All bedding is provided, but participants should bring their own towels. There are no single rooms available.
Accommodation is on a self-catering basis, but a wide selection of breakfast provisions will be provided and is included in the price. One group dinner is also included, which will be taken at a local pub. The hostel has a very well-equipped kitchen for those that wish to cook their own meals. There are three supermarkets, a fish and chip shop and several pubs that serve food all within a short walking distance from the hostel.
The hostel has a secure bike store, drying room, dining room, lounge with TV and a small garden area with picnic tables.
There is parking for seven cars in the hostel car park, and additional cars may be parked on the road immediately in front of the hostel. Kington lies on the A44 Leominster to Rhayader road.
It is also possible to travel by train and cycle to the hostel. The nearest railway stations are at Knighton (13 miles), Leominster (15 miles) and Hereford (20 miles). There are direct rail services to Hereford from many parts of the country including London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Leominster is on the Hereford to Crewe line, and Knighton is on the Shrewsbury to Swansea line.
The maximum number of participants will be 14 excluding the Tour Manager.
Weather & Clothing
The weather in early September should be warm with some sunny days but you should also be prepared for possible wet and windy days. It can feel cold in the wind and rain, especially on long descents, so please ensure you bring some gloves and an effective set of waterproofs. Bring a variety of layers that can be combined to cope with any variation in temperature, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses for when the sun is shining.
Cycles & Equipment
A touring, hybrid or lightweight mountain bike will all be suitable for this tour. As there are lots of hills in the area you should ensure that you have low enough gears (e.g. the small chainring should be the same size or smaller than the largest cog on the rear wheel). If in doubt, please discuss with the Tour Manager before the tour.
Bikes should be fitted with mudguards to avoid spraying others in the group. A rack pack, saddle-bag, small rear pannier or bar bag will be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, a camera, snacks, personal possessions and the route instructions.
You should ensure that your bike is in good working order, particularly the wheels, tyres and brakes, before leaving home. Please bring some spare inner tubes and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
Maps & Guides
Although detailed route cards will be provided for each of the rides, you should also bring with you a suitable map in case you go off track or become separated from the group. The cheapest option is to detach the relevant pages from a standard road atlas (the ones at 3 miles to the inch show all of the minor roads that we will use). For more detailed information, the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger Maps 137, 147, 148, 149 and 161 cover the area.