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Cycling in Mid Wales

Mid Wales is beautiful, varied, quiet, and off the beaten track - which makes it perfect for your next cycling holiday.

Brechfa Pool with the Black Mountains beyond

Photo: Brechfa Pool with the Black Mountains beyond (winter)

National Cycle Museum

The National Cycle Museum in Llandrindod Wells contains over 260 bicycles. Located at The Automobile Palace in Temple Street. Phone: 01597 825531.

National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales

Also note the grade 2 listed Art Deco building housing the cycle museum. If you look at the inscription above the ground floor windows of The Automobile Palace (originally called 'The Palace Of Sport') you'll see that Tom Norton Ltd sold "Cycles, Motors and Aircraft" - so they had most options covered. The below photo shows the Tour of Britain passing the museum (no one stopped to exchange bikes!).

National Cycle Museum, Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales

An aside: we regularly visited The Automobile Palace in the 1980s, when it was still a car showroom, to look at the Tom Norton collection of old cycles that hung above the gleaming gas-guzzlers. Sadly the Tom Norton bikes were removed from the museum in 2014 - but the museum is still well worth visiting.

The Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells holds an annual Victorian Festival when the townsfolk dress up in period clothes and go about their daily business (although I doubt if this lot were really about to go cycling). The 2017 festival dates are 21 to 27 August.

The Victorian Festival, Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales

Bike ride idea: Sustrans' The Radnor Ring, an 84 mile circular route around the old county of Radnorshire (or just do the Route 825 part at 73 miles). The Radnor Ring map from Amazon. We will add one of our rides later.

Elan Valley Reservoirs

Built to provide water for Birmingham, the 5 reservoirs provide a very pleasant background for a bike ride. The road alongside the reservoirs is relatively quiet and perfectly okay to cycle on if you don't want to use the cyclepath.

Elan Valley, Mid Wales

Cycling Route Idea: from Rhayader [Rhaeadr Gwy in Welsh] cycle up the mountain road (west towards Cwmystwyth), then down past the reservoirs. If the tearoom at Penbont House (near Penygarreg dam) is open, we recommend you call in, otherwise the only food stop is at the visitor centre cafe in Elan Village after the bottom dam. From Elan Village either follow the flattish cycle path back to Rhayader or, better still, detour over to Llanwrthwl and join the Sustrans route 8 back to the B4518 and on to Rhayader.

Open All Hours

In the village of Penybont (NE of Llandrindod Wells) is the Thomas Shop - a village shop museum (admission free). What's more, it has a tearoom that every cyclist should visit (take your bike around the back). Open 10-5 everyday April to end of October; Mon-Fri other dates; closed January. Phone: 01597 851951. They also do B&B.

Thomas Shop at Penybont

Trees In Winter

Winter is a great time to go cycling around looking at the shape of trees - the skeletal structure really stands out.

Cycling in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK

Trees in Mid Wales

Tree in Wye Valley, Powys, Mid Wales, UK Silhouette trees in Wye Valley, Powys, Mid Wales, UK

A Few More Cycling Ideas

Sustrans Cycling Maps

Mid-Wales North cycling mapMid-Wales North Cycle Map -  shows on-road and traffic-free cycle paths, height contours, 6 town centre maps, recommended linking routes connecting the NCN with quiet roads. Includes the Lôn Mawddach cycle path between Dolgellau and Barmouth, the Montgomery Canal Greenway, and the Llangollen Canal Greenway. Published by Sustrans. 1:110,000 scale.

cycling map of Mid WalesMid-Wales South Cycle Map - shows on-road and traffic-free cycle paths, contours, including Lôn Las Cymru (route 8), Lôn Teifi, Elan Valley Trail, Ystwyth Trail, 6 town centre maps, and 3 day rides. Published by Sustrans. 1:110,000 scale.

Radnor Ring Cycle Map - 84 mile circular route (or 73 miles) from Llandrindod Wells, taking in the Radnor Hills, Kington, Knighton, Abbeycwmhir and Rhayader.

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A sideways glance at cycling in Mid Wales

Lost Lanes Wales: 36 glorious bike rides in Wales and the Welsh Borders
from Amazon
from Waterstones

Wales Trails: a journey around Wales by bike
from Amazon UK

Mid-Wales North Cycle Map
from Amazon UK

Mid-Wales South Cycle Map
from Amazon UK

Radnor Ring Mid Wales Cycle Route Map
from Amazon UK