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Wales End to End

Wales End to End

£895 per person

Introduction

Welcome to Wales End to End. This tour is a 5 night 4 day road cycling trip covering approx. 220 miles, starting in Chepstow then passing through Brecon, Llanidloes and Barmouth before reaching Holyhead.

While not as well known as Lands  End to John o’Groats this trip is one of the best ways to explore the variety and beauty of Wales.

Cycling

Wherever possible we utilise country lanes and national cycle network paths, trying to avoid main roads. We ride at a pace that is well within the reach of a fit and competent cyclist. We start each day at around 8.45am with a morning briefing where the tour leader will explain the day’s route and the traffic and weather conditions that you are likely to encounter. You will also be briefed on the place where we will be having our lunch stop, we usually provide a healthy picnic/sandwiches or if the weather is bad we will make use of one of the many cafes and pubs along the route.

More Information

The support van will be available to help with the day to day running of the tour and towards the end of each day transporting your luggage to your accommodation. Wherever possible during the course of each day we stop the van in a safe place and offer hot drinks and snacks. We can arrange to get your bike shipped home at the end of the tour for a small extra fee.

Accommodation

Your accommodation, on a twin share bed and breakfast basis, will be in hotels, typically Premier Inns or Holiday Inns.

Single accommodation is available for a supplement of £195.

Meals

The hotels will provide breakfast whilst the support team will provide a pack-up lunch, this will depend on what is available on the day and could include a mix of fresh sandwiches, pasties or easy grab and bites sourced from local bakeries. If weather doesn’t permit outdoors we will get into cafes for quick lunch.

​You will need to purchase your own evening meals, which are usually eaten communally although of course you are free to opt out if you wish.

We will carry emergency energy gels and bars in the support van but you are advised to bring along your own preferred sports nutrition to fuel your ride. There will be water refills, fruits bars etc provided to keep you hydrated.

In the Tour Plan, (B, L, D) refers to meals included in the trip cost i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Bike Transfers

We will happily transport your bike to Chepstow and back from Holyhead at no extra charge. If you drop your bike off at our Sheffield office up to a day before departure we will carefully pack it in the support van, drive it to the start and then return it to Sheffield ready for you to collect.

If that isn’t convenient then depending where you live we may be able to collect your bike on our journey from Sheffield to Chepstow.

If arriving by car you can bring your bikes and leave your car in Chepstow. We can offer an optional transfer to return to Chepstow and can deliver the bikes back to Chepstow on the last day.

Please get in touch with us to discuss arrangements, any other arrangements will be for an agreed fee.

While we will take all reasonable care while handling your bikes, using padded covers and making sure they are securely stored, we are not liable for any loss or damage during transportation and storage. We recommend you have appropriate insurance.

Tour Plan

The Wales End to End route is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate.

4 days of cycling
Approx 220 miles Age
  • Destination
  • Depart from
    Chepstow
  • Return from
    Holyhead. Optional transfer back to Chepstow on the last day.
  • Road surfaces
    Tarmac
  • Bike Type
    Road / Hybrid / Touring Bike
  • Included
    Wales End to End
    Accommodation
    Lunch
    Cycling guide
    GPX files
    Vehicle support
    Baggage transfer
    Bike hire
    Travel to start & from finish
  • Not Included
    Domestic flights
    Evening meals (unless specified)
    International flights
    Airport transfers
    Travel insurance
    Cookie Policy (US)
    Cookie Policy (US)
    Visas
1
Arrival Day
Arrive at the group hotel, check-in usually starts in the afternoon, there will be a briefing this evening.
2
Start Cycling (51 miles)
If you arrive early in Chepstow take time to check out the Iron Bridge over the River Wye and the magnificent Chepstow Castle.   Our first day takes us out of Chepstow on a couple of climbs, passing the old youth hostel (now converted to housing) along quite roads before dropping down to Usk (on the river Usk). An undulating mid-morning takes us to lunch at LLanfoist, just west of Abergavenny where we have a section of well surfaced trails for a few miles. We continue in the valley of the river Usk so the afternoon is relatively flat, through Talybont on Usk before picking up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Towpath taking us the final 3 miles into Brecon. (B,L)
3
To Llanidloes (63 miles)
Our second day sees a stiff climb immediately on leaving Brecon. We take the country lanes running parallel to the main roads with our first stop at Glasbury where we cross the River Wye, just south-west of Hay on Wye.  We follow the Wye valley before a short trail takes us into the bustling town of Builth Wells (look out for the mural on arrival over the bridge).  After lunch there is a steady climb along the valley to Newbridge on Wye.  To avoid a difficult gravel section of cycle trail here we pick up a main road for 5 miles before picking up scenic country lanes into Rhayader and a café stop. Watch out here for Red Kites as there is a Red Kite feeding station here.  If you are taking part in Cycling UK’s British Cycle Quest you’ll pick up a clue at the pretty town of Llanidloes where we have our overnight stop. (B,L)
4
To Barmouth Coast (55 miles)
We head off into remote mountains first thing before our morning break at Dylife (you’ll pass another BCQ clue before the break).  Then it’s a descent into busy Machynlleth and then onto a café lunch at Tywyn on the coast. The afternoon will follow the coast and cross the river Mawddach (Afon Mawddach) over a wooden pedestrian and cycle bridge next to the railway into the holiday resoft of Barmouth.  Our route pushes on a few miles before we stop a few miles north of Barmouth. (B,L)
5
Final day to Holyhead (82 miles)
Our longest day starts off in remote mountain lanes, taking us above Harlech. We descend down to our first morning break following the cycle path into Porthmadog. Look back after the descent if you want a glimpst of Harlech Castle. A beautiful tree-enclosed trail takes us out of Porthmadog and after a couple more climbs we arrive at lunch overlooking the Menai Straits at Carnarvon having passed the imposing Carnarvon Castle.  The afternoon sees us crossing the Menai Bridge into Anglesy where we can stop to look at the station at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The route across Anglesey is very quiet and gently rolling before we arrive at Holy Island and the town of Holyhead. (B,L)
6
Departure day
Our services end after breakfast. There is an option to join a group transfer back to Chepstow if you plan to drop the car in Chepstow, the accommodation has parking.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

9.4
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8.0
Accommodation
9.4
Route & Rest Locations
9.4
Food & Refreshments Provided
10.0
Cycling Pace & Time in Saddle
9.7
Tour Guide & Support Crew
9.7
OVERALL SATISFACTION

Comments:

  • John Weir
    3 August 2023 at 11:19

    Ken and Ian where excellent and I would like to ride trips with them again.

    The quality of the roads was fantastic and I enjoyed a few pints of real ale before the evening meal.

    I would recommend Pedal Nation as this tour and the company are excellent. It is my view that anyone returning from riding this route who is not happy with it is not really a cyclist.

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  • Sheila
    31 July 2023 at 18:34

    Both Iain & Ken were good company.

    I enjoyed the challenge of getting up those hills but I would have liked to have had more time to take photos at major sites.

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  • Diana Parker
    1 August 2022 at 22:00

    An awesome trip, thank you. Could not have been looked after better!

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  • Alan Stanton
    1 August 2022 at 15:57

    Ken and Graeme were completely a part of the team and an integral part of the experience.

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  • Jeanne Smith
    1 August 2022 at 11:19

    Enjoyed the panoramic views of hills and coast.

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  • Julie Weeks & Peter Robinson
    7 August 2021 at 13:08

    Tour leaders were great. Good company, unsurpassable knowledge and skills in cycling and bikes, supportive and inspiring. Well organised, good staff, bike transport arrangement

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  • Janet and Bob Hardiker
    6 August 2021 at 14:19

    You gave us a good holiday. We felt very safe and looked after. They were particularly kind putting our luggage in our room each day, as we were invariably last to arrive.

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