Unhurried days with no time pressures.
Our shorter rides for a relaxed softies cycling vibe. Smiles not miles.
We've included some great traffic free cycle routes as well as quiet lost lanes.
There are some variants on the Abergavenny ride depending on the style of gastronomic venue you fancy.
A quiet route, interesting town and stunning lunch venue. 35km
Starting in pretty lanes with lovely views the route joins a section of canal and old railway that leads you into Abergavenny. You arrive via meadows to the castle and our route takes you past a couple of recommended cafes. We've arranged a good place to leave the bikes while you explore the town on foot.
Lunch is at a really exceptional venue. Modern and full of light, or alfresco with terrific views. Is this Italy? The route back retracing a little but takes in more of the canal. A relaxing day with the option of a nice pub half way back to extend your afternoon.
Canal and Country Hotel
Unhurried day, with lunch on the terrace above a salmon river 27km
One of the easiest day rides and an excuse for lunch at a gorgeous hotel, this ride uses the pretty canal towpath on the Mon & Brec Canal which is renowned for it's beautiful setting.
An ancient river bridge and quiet lane leads to this hidden gem of a hotel with a good restraunt and large terrace overlooking the river. The owner is a cyclist. You'll feel very welcome. Our suggested timings include a coffee stop on the way, visiting pretty canal locks and a stroll by the river just before lunch. There's a stroll through a private arboretum before heading gently back.
This is an ideal excursion on day two if you're just with us for 2 nights.
Picnic in the Mountains
An unhurried day riding to a picnic by a remote mountain stream 35km
Plenty of time to relax and no time pressures for a booked lunch. Perhaps start with a lie-in and leave about 10am or 10.30am. First stop is one of our favourite cafe's in Crickhowell (today's SatNav route plan will take you right to the door). Enroute you'll ride through Crickhowell and can use our suggestions for where to buy your picnic ingredients.
You'll head up a quiet dead-end valley, surrounded by mountains and through ancient farmland. An off-road section leads to your picnic spot by an old packhorse bridge. The return passes remote farmhouses and there a couple of extension options if time allows.
Gorge and Panorama
Traffic free cycleway and quiet mountain tram-road 24km or 29km
A pretty and very relaxed ride on the canal before a disused railway climbs gently through a deep gorge. Power assistance makes the gentle climb very easy and there's just a couple of steep bits where you will want the 340% power assistance to keep things gentle.
The route has an industrial heritage so you'll see man's historical influence on the landscape along with views into the National Park and pretty woodlands on the steep valley side. Up high you'll join a quiet mountain road that's an old tramroad leading round the mountain. The panoramic views are outstanding and theres a good spot to nip off the road for a picnic before heading back down to home. Needs a picnic, or could be done as a half day ride finishing at one of the pubs in Llangattock if you set off in good time.