On a bikepacking adventure through Wales, one thing is guaranteed: You'll see more sheep than people. On this adventure, as you pedal from Newport to Bangor, you'll cut through lush green mountains, climb plateaus, skirt through forests, glide past lakes — and experience the best of the beautiful Welsh landscape. And as sheep reside in all of Wales' best places, you'll forever be watched by groups of them as that's exactly where you're going: Experience an unforgettably beautiful bikepacking weekend in Wales.
Your starting point for this epic adventure is in the southern city of Newport. On your way north, you'll visit idyllic historical canals, cycle through picturesque small market towns, ride through mystical forests with huge, ancient trees, and pedal past lakes and reservoirs. Taking you through both the Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons National Park, the full ride incorporates some of the most beautiful places in the country, with one of the best moments of this ride being an overnight stay in a tent on the banks of the breathtaking Claerwen Reservoir.
How you realize our idea of a weekend Tour is entirely up to you. We have divided the route into four relatively short stages because there are good overnight accommodation options available at the end of each stage. But it's up to you: ride two stages in one day and make a short, intense weekend adventure out of this collection. Or plan more time, ride all four stages individually and experience an extensive long weekend in Wales.
As far as overnight stays are concerned, you can also interpret the term bikepacking according to your own taste. If you want a little more comfort, hotels or B&Bs are available at the end of most stages. However, we recommend that you bring a tent for the night at the reservoir, as you should not miss this adventure. Maybe you'll get a taste for the rest of the Tour.
Tips for bikepacking in Wales:
- Wild camping is not clearly regulated in the UK, but there is a long tradition of it. As long as you are unobtrusive, friendly and leave no traces, you are usually welcome.
- On long passages of the Tours, you won't meet a soul. Therefore, don't expect to run into a supermarket: Prepare yourself and take enough food with you.
- The rides lead over roads and bike paths as well as gravel paths and singletrack, and it goes constantly up and down. Therefore, plan sufficient time. For the most part, the route is simple and easy for everyone to ride. Two stretches of singletrack are a bit more demanding on the way, especially when the bike is fully loaded, but you'll be fine on a robust gravel or mountain bike.
- You will often have no signal while you ride. Therefore, prepare to do without it: Bring sufficient spare parts, rainwear, tools and a first aid kit, as well as a power bank/back up for your GPS device/phone.
- Traveling by train is a little tricky in the UK. On many lines, you have to register your bike in advance. You can usually do this directly and free-of-charge at the station (or by telephone in advance). If you don't make a reservation, however, you may not be allowed to take your bike with you. Also, storing your bike on the train is also operator-specific. Therefore, look out for the signalman/woman or the ticketer at the station and ask them where you should store your bike.
Ricevi consigli su singletrack, vette e tante altre avventure imperdibili!
The finale of our Wales adventure is coming up, and once again, there is everything that makes Wales so special and beautiful. There are picturesque towns and remote country roads. There are idyllic river valleys and breathtaking views from the peaks of the mountains. There are crisp climbs and fast descents. And there are sheep. The only thing that still does not exist are even passages. In Wales it goes up and down.