Top to Tail Wales cycling holiday: Cycle from Conwy to Cardiff

An epic two-wheeled journey as you cycle from Conwy to Cardiff. You'll conquer the whole of Wales in just 3 days on this Top to Tail Wales cycling holiday

4 days
£615 to 615
Top to Tail Wales cycling holiday: Cycle from Conwy to Cardiff

Branch out and discover an entire country from a new vantage as you pedal from the top to tail of Wales. This tough two-wheeled journey traverses the country’s most mountainous landscapes from the Brecon Beacons to Snowdonia. But the support of your crew and fellow team-mates will see you experience the wonders of Wales on this new authentic journey as you cycle from Conwy to Cardiff.

From Britain’s most complete walled town of Conwy your Top to Tail Wales cycling holiday begins at the historic landmark of the World Heritage–listed Conwy Castle. Your route will wind along country lanes taking you through the picturesque landscapes and undulations of Snowdonia National Park from north to south. Leaving Snowdonia you’ll enter the mountains and reservoirs of Mid Wales and the beautiful Elan Valley. This incredible traverse has been nominated as one of the best cycling routes in the UK embellished with spectacular scenery.

Continuing along idyllic countryside steeped in history you’ll conquer some iconic mountain climbs before sweeping down the quieter Taff Trail to enter Cardiff. The buzz of excitement will reverberate through your legs as you reach your final destination of Cardiff Castle in the medieval heart of Wales’s capital city. This is a cycling trip for those who are up for a challenge and keen to discover the diverse delights of Wales.

Price Includes

  • Personalised event support in the lead up to your trip from Adventurous Ewe
  • GPX file of the route
  • Cycle leaders, support crew and bike mechanic
  • Support vehicle and luggage transfers
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • 3 nights accommodation (twin share basis)
  • 3 nights accommodation (twin share basis)
  • All challenge management before, during and post trip

Price Excludes

  1. Hire bike and helmet including delivery, hybrid bike hire and collection at a cost of £85 per person
  2. Bike insurance (mandatory)
  3. Getting to the start and from the finish of the trip
  4. Evening meals to allow you the flexibility to order what you wish following a long day in the saddle
  5. Accommodation on the last evening to allow you the flexibility to stay in Cardiff or return home
  6. Any costs incurred with leaving the trip early, ie. accommodation, travel, etc.
  7. On completion of your Top to Tail Wales ride, there is a return shuttle service to Conwy for a cost of £85.00 per person including your bike.
  8. Personal spending money.

What to expect

Cycle from Conwy to Cardiff: The plan

Day 1
Arrival and trip briefing

Arrive in the early evening to the walled market town of Conwy where you will overnight after receiving a full trip briefing and the chance to meet your Cycling Leader and fellow team-mates. A pick-up service is available from Llandudno Junction train station on request.

Accommodation: Hostel

Day 2
Cycling Conwy to Machynlleth: 62 miles / 1560m ascent

Starting the Top to Tail Wales cycling holiday from the coast at the base of Conwy Castle. Your route winds through the stunning green farmlands of Conwy Valley to the picturesque Welsh village of Betws y Coed. Pedalling along the spine of Snowdonia National Park you will tackle the first of your big climbs at Crimea Pass 440m which take its name from the Crimea war dating back to 1854.

You’ll welcome the sweeping descent into Dolgellau which is known for its wild and beautiful countryside and places of historical interest. Another climb leaves Dolgellau in your shadows with your final destination for the day in view.

Descending down to Machynlleth you’ll be in awe of the scenery as this historic town sits at the mouth of the Dyfi estuary in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Bioshere, an area of outstanding natural beauty and diversity. Day one in the saddle done!

Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: B&B or hostel

Day 3
Cycling from Machynlleth to Tal-Y-Bont on Usk: 93 miles / 1420m of ascent

Leaving Machynlleth behind your day starts with a climb to the highest point of the of ride – Bryn y Fedwen at 509m. Following the scenic Lon Las Cymru Cycle route, there’s steady decent to Llanidloes before winding along the undulations to Rhayader. This spectacular trail climbs past three reservoirs in the heart of beautiful, mountainous Mid Wales.

Following the line of the old Birmingham Corporation Railway, which was built to help construct the Elan Valley reservoirs, these are a string of four narrow lakes running north-south. From the Elan Valley Visitor Centre the route climbs past Caban Coch and Garreg Ddu Reservoirs with their fine dams and an ornamental water tower, to the end of Penygarreg Reservoir.

When the reservoirs are full you will be rewarded with the sight of millions of gallons of water cascading over the dam walls. The tunnel near to Rhayader is a nature reserve for rare bats. The trail is also right in the heart of Red Kite country so be prepared to see these magnificent birds with their distinctive forked tail wheeling in the thermals above you. After 10 miles you’ll rejoin the Lon Las route to Builth Wells.

The afternoon brings a welcomed gentler route skirting the Black Mountains and winding through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Here lies your overnight stay in the quaint canalside village of Tal Y Bont on Usk. There’s 3 pubs in the village and you’re assured of a warm welcome as the village goes out of its way to cater for visitors.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: B&B or hostel

Day 4
Cycling from Tal y Bont on Usk to Cardiff: 45miles / 570m of ascent

You final day in the saddle to cycle from Conwy to Cardiff. Leaving Tal Y Bont on Usk following the shores of the reservoir is your final big climb of the challenge ascending 354 metres. With the highest peak in South Wales, Pen Y Fan, behind you its down hill into Cardiff.

Following the river Taff on the Taff Trail to avoid the busy roads entering Cardiff you’ll pass the Principality Stadium the home of Welsh rugby before reaching your final destination at Cardiff Castle.

The sense of achievement and pride of knowing that you have cycled the length of a country will be reverberate through you as you celebration your accomplishment with your fellow team-mates and crew. Knowing that Tour Du France legend Geraint comes from Cardiff is a fitting end to your two-wheeled adventure.

On completion of your Top to Tail Wales cycling holiday, there is a return shuttle service to Conwy for a cost of £85.00 per person including your bike.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch


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