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Price

£575.00 based on 2 people sharing a Twin/Double Room

($718.75 USD or $1,029.25 AUD)

£100.00 deposit

£130.00 single room supplement

Dates

12th Aug to 15th Aug 2021

10 spaces

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Cycling LEJOG with Pedal Britain was an amazing experience. We were well looked after throughout the trip. Darren and Paul were the best company you could have. Would certainly travel with them again.Sue Perkins (LEJOG June 2018)

Highlights

  • Seeing the most spectacular scenery of Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks.

  • Experiencing quiet country lanes, untamed rivers, lush green valleys, with big climbs and thrilling descents.

  • Welsh cakes, Rarebit to Cawl and everything else in between, enjoy splendid fresh local produce

  • 'Conquer The Dragon' includes a UK Top 100 climb 'Bwlch y Groes' and the amazing views from Gospel Pass.

  • An incredible long weekend tour that we believe will quickly become a classic.

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Joining the tour

Start: Chepstow

Arrival day is Thursday in Chepstow, where we stay overnight at a local Inn before setting off from the castle at 9am on Friday morning. 

Please click the "Itinerary" tab for more information.

Cycling level

Cycling level is 4 out of 5

Challenging: For cyclists with stamina and a good level of fitness - requires training. Long days with some tough ascents.

Description


Conquer The Welsh Dragon

Duration 3 days cycling
Accommodation 4 nights
Distance 202 miles | 325km
Av. Daily Distance 66 miles | 107km
Longest | Shortest 77 miles | 50 miles | 124km | 80km
Ascent 15,000ft | 4572m

There are few 'end to ends' that can be completed in just a long weekend, encompassing the beautiful landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, Mid-Wales valleys and Snowdonia. A challenging 15,000ft of ascent awaits as you cycle for 3 days between Chepstow and Caernarfon castles including the Gospel Path and Bwlch y Groes, which is a top 100 UK climb.

The Welsh version of end to end has failed to adopt the same folklore status as others such as LEJOG. Might be that it's name 'Lon Las Cymru' does not trip off the tongue or could be fact it has several different starting and end points. Either way the lack of attention it receives is quite perplexing, as our version of this humble Welsh route offers some of the finest climbs, quietest lanes and most incredible views of the lot.

Tour Summary

We start in Chepstow which is easily accessible by road or rail (via Gloucester), plus with free car parking at our Hotel for the duration of the tour and a coach back to Chepstow at the end, the logistics have been made as hassle free as possible. 

Starting from the Chepstow Castle on Friday morning, we cycle along quiet lanes and wooded valleys via pretty Welsh villages such as Usk towards Abergavenny. From here the terrain changes to open moorland as we climb steadily towards the Gospel Pass. After descending into Hay on Wye we venture deeper into the Welsh countryside on to Llandrindod Wells. 

With an optional diversion through the stunning Elan Valley, we continue to traverse alongside beautiful wooded river valleys, flanked by lush green hillsides littered with sheep. Then at Dinas Mawddy we begin the epic climb up Bwlch y Groes, before an exhilarating descent down to the lakeside into Bala.

We journey through Snowdonia for large part on the 'Fford Brailsford Way' on route ways British cycling supremo and local lad Dave Brailsford has created. As we do the landscape becomes more rugged and dramatic with a majestic Snowdon towering above us on the climb towards Llanberis pass, where the views down the valley are breathtaking, it is hard not to smile as we descend, sweeping past stunning vistas at every turn towards and onwards to Caernarfon castle. 

Llanberis Pass

Overview of Route

  Start End Distance (Miles)
Arrival Day : Thursday   Chepstow  
Day 1 Chepstow Llandrindod Wells 75
Day 2 Llandrindod Wells Bala  77*
Day 3 Bala Caernarfon  50
Departure Day : Monday Caernarfon  Total  202

Day 2* Optional 10 mile detour via the Elan Valley with also adds +1000ft of climbing.

 Map of Route

 

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