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Wales from Side to Side
10th September 2021 - 19th September 2021 (10 days)
A repeat of a tour we organised in 2007, starting in Hereford and riding northwest through central Wales to Machynleth, south to the coast at Aberystwyth, then back to Hereford via the Elan reservoirs, Llandrindod Wells and Hay-on-Wye. It will be hilly in places, though any steep sections will be short, and most roads will be quiet, offering rewarding views. Distances are usually fairly short, allowing extra time for walking up steeper hills and for morning and/or afternoon cafe stops, where they exist.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Pat & Mike Strauss
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hotel & Guesthouse
- Board Basis Some Meals
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Moving-on
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03691
Friday 10th September
Meet at the Three Counties Hotel in southwest Hereford for introductions and group meal. Stay 1 night. Meals: D
Saturday 11th September
Cycle to Knighton via some of Herefordshire’s pretty Black & White villages. 40 miles (2,250ft total ascent). Stay 1 night. Meals: B
Sunday 12th September
Following the river Teme at first, cycle to Newtown then via Caersws to Llanidloes. 37 miles (2,745ft total ascent). Stay 1 night. Meals: B D
Monday 13th September
Cycle northwest via the Clywedog reservoir to the small village of Staylittle, then follow Sustrans Route 8 through the old mining area around Dylife to Machynleth. 20 miles (2,066ft total ascent). Stay 2 nights. Meals: B
Tuesday 14th September
Free day to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology, cycle along the valleys at the base of Cader Idris, possibly take a ride on the Corris Railway, or perhaps explore the Dovey/Dyfi River valley. Meals: B
Wednesday 15th September
Cycle to Devil’s Bridge via Aberystwyth and the Rheidol River valley. 32 miles (2,711ft total ascent). Stay 1 night. Meals: B D
Thursday 16th September
Cycle via the deep Ystwyth and Elan River valleys and the Elan Valley reservoirs to Llandrindod Wells. 34 miles (2,980ft total ascent). Stay 2 nights. Meals: B
Friday 17th September
Free day to visit the National Cycle Museum and/or for a day ride, perhaps to the Red Kites feeding station at Rhayader. Meals: B
Saturday 18th September
Cycle to the book town of Hay on Wye via Builth Wells then down the Wye Valley. 31miles (1,600ft total ascent). Stay 1 night. Meals: B D
Sunday 19th September
Cycle via Abbey Dore, with its 12th century Cistercian church, and Kilpeck to Hereford where the tour ends. 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 in hotels, inns and guesthouses of a 2- or 3-star rating on a Bed & Breakfast basis, with dinner included on four nights. On occasion the group will be split between two accommodations, and it might be necessary on one or two nights for three or four same-sex singles to share a room, though this will be avoided wherever possible.
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 £730 is based on a minimum number of 16 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 2nd July 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- 9 nights hotel/inn/guesthouse, sharing room
- 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to the start and finish of the tour
- Dinner on 5 nights
- Drinks with dinner
- Lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions visited
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
A deposit of £73 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £657 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 2nd July 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 2nd July 2021
From 2nd July 2021 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
Mid-Wales is a land of remote and empty yet beautiful hills, narrow river valleys, thundering waterfalls, quiet roads and stunning views. The tour will also encompass some of the delightful countryside of western Herefordshire, the least densely populated county in England. The route passes through some of the Black & White villages to Knighton then crosses Wales to Machynlleth where there will be an opportunity to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology. After reaching the coast at Aberystwyth, the route turns inland following the Rheidol River to the famed Devil’s Bridge and then on to the Elan Valley reservoirs -- red kite country. A second rest day, in Llandrindod Wells, gives a chance to visit the National Cycle Museum. The Wye Valley leads to Hay on Wye, and the Golden Valley leads back to Hereford.
Rides & Rest Days
We do not try to ride as one peloton but let small groups form of riders with similar ability or riding style, giving everyone the opportunity to cycle at a pace comfortable to them, meeting up during the day at scenic viewpoints, cafe stops, lunch, etc. It is expected that all the roads will be tarmac, although there could be the occasional poorly-surfaced one. Some of the terrain will be hilly, but the distances have been kept short to balance this.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation will be in comfortable owner-run hotels, inns and guesthouses with a mixture of double and twin bedded rooms. Most will be ensuite, but this cannot be guaranteed every night. Single bookings will be paired up with other singles. Occasional single rooms might be available and triple/quad rooms will probably be used on two nights. On the first and last nights, plus two others where there is no other option, we have arranged group meals at the hotel; on the other five nights you will be free to eat where you wish.
Hereford is served by two rail lines -- Cardiff - Manchester and Hereford - London -- and the station at Hereford is located only about two miles from the hotel. Participants who arrive by car will be able to leave their vehicles at the first hotel for the week.
The maximum number of participants will be 18 excluding the Tour Managers.
Weather & Clothing
September is usually a dry, mild month, but this is Wales, so expect a bit of all weathers and come prepared with sufficient waterproofs and warmer cycling wear to withstand whatever it offers. Given that you have to carry all that you bring, it would be sensible to keep your selection of clothes to a reasonable minimum.
Cycles & Equipment
A touring cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or preferably smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is strongly recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Managers. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. Lights should not prove necessary. New tyres are recommended of at least 28mm diameter. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
You will need to carry all of your own clothing, personal items and sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs. You are advised to do some riding before the tour with a similar load to that which you will be carrying during the tour to get a feel for how your bike will handle.
Maps & Guides
Any reasonably detailed map of this part of Wales should be sufficient for checking where you are relative to where you are going and what lies around the area you're cycling through. Detailed instruction sheets will be provided giving distances between turns. GPX files will also be supplied.