Cycle touring is enjoying something of a renaissance.
The UK saw the first ever Cycle Touring Festival two months ago, and legions of tarmac speed freaks are swapping their carbon wheels and aero-frames for bump-taming steel bikes and some sensible panniers.
But we must have been far ahead of our time, as our own cycle tour adventures began over 10 years ago with an epic two-year expedition that took us a staggering 30,000km from London to Cape Town!
Along the way we had run-ins with bandits and elephants, and were overwhelmed by the kindness and hospitality shown by locals.
And the ride proved to be a life-changing journey of discovery as the idea for Drover Holidays was slow-cooked on the dusty trails, inspired by our love of cycling and the belief that the world is best experienced at a slow pace – preferably on two wheels or two feet!
Since then, we’ve clocked up several thousand more cycle touring miles on route recces and trips to France.
And every one of them has taught us that all roads do truly lead to home – and the network of superb routes for amazing cycling holidays in Wales.
Here’s our top-pick of Welsh cycle tours.
All three are available from us as supported, self-guided cycle touring packages, which include luggage transfers, accommodation and bike hire!
1. Lôn Las Cymru
Challenge the Dragon riding Wales top-to-tip on a multi-day adventure!
The Lôn Las Cymru runs for over 250 miles down the length of Wales from Holyhead to Chepstow or Cardiff, soaking up historic towns and stunning landscapes along the way. For good reason, this one has a reputation for being a toughie – riding the Lôn Las (National Cycle Network Route 42) is known as ‘Challenging the Dragon’. You’ll encounter thrilling climbs, remote roads and breath-taking descents. Our tour package splits the route over eight manageable days – and our luggage transfer support means you won’t have to suffer too much on those climbs!
2. The Celtic Trail
While the Lôn Las crosses Wales end-to-end, the 220-mile Celtic Trail traverses the nation West to East at its widest point, starting on the Atlantic seaboard at Fishguard and ending on the border at Chepstow. The ride (National Cycle Network route 4) hugs Pembrokeshire’s spectacular coastline before taking in the wide sweep of Swansea Bay and then the ‘heart and soul of Wales’ – the Valleys – where a warm welcome is guaranteed! Finish at Chepstow Castle and the mouth of the Severn. Take your time and split the ride over 10 days.
3. Best of Mid Wales
This is a route of our own making, covering home turf and starting right from the door of our HQ in Hay. Ride in a 160-mile loop over 7 days from the Welsh-English border deep into unspoilt Mid-Wales and then on to the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. As well as the wonderful landscapes, you’ll encounter interesting towns, too, as you overnight in Llandrindod Wells, Builth, Brecon and Crickhowell.
Remember that all our cycling holiday packages include:
- Quality B&B accommodation
- Luggage transfers
- Custom maps and detailed route descriptions
- Comfortable bike and accessory hire
- Free pick up and drop off to/from the nearest train or bus station at the start / end of your ride.
We can tailor any of our Welsh cycling holidays to slot in with your timescale – there are no fixed departure dates, just tell us where and when you want to ride, and we’ll do the rest!
If you’d rather go it alone but need bikes, we can help there, too! Our sister company Drover Cycles has a huge hire fleet, with everything from tourers to mountain bikes and even e-bikes!