Wales is fast becoming notorious for it’s singletrack routes within the beautiful Forests of Wales.
Now in the Brecon Beacons National Park sixteen routes make the Brecon Beacons a top destination.
Ride open forests, struggle up loose and steep climbs, weave down some wonderful descents and find some of the most steepest and challenging drops. Whether you want bone shaking moorland or gentle spins through stunning countryside you’ll find it in the Brecon Beacons.
In order for you to plan your visit, all the routes start and finish at one of the 5 major mountain bike centres called hubs. The rides are also graded to help you in selecting the right route for the day and your own riding fitness/ability.
A route pack is on sale which contains all 16 routes and lots of useful information. All routes are on public rights of way and are cared for by the Brecon Beacon National Park Wardens. By purchasing the route pack you will be helping to maintain the routes as some of the money is used for this purpose.
Beacons Bike Bus
This service operates from Swansea and Cardiff from end of May until End of August on Sundays and Bank Holidays. There are Cycle loading and unloading stops at Brecon, Talybont on Usk, Storey Arms, Garwnant Visitors Centre, Glynneath, Brecon Mountain Railway,Cardiff Bus Station, Gabalfa, Tongwynlais Quality Hotel, Rhydycar Leisure Centre, Killay Square, Sketty Cross, Quadrant Bus Station.
For full details about times call 01873 853254 or www.visitbreconbeacons.com
Bike Hire, Repairs & Guides
Bikebase 01873 855999 www.bikebasewales.com
Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Bike & accessory sales, repairs & servicing.
Bikes & Hikes 01874 610071 www.bikesandhikes.co.uk
We offer Mountain Bike Hire and delivery service as well as guided rides. Accessory, sales, repairs.
Bi-Ped Cycles 01874 622296 www.bipedcycles.co.uk
Mon- Fri 9am-5.30pm Sat 9am-5pm (Sun open by arrangement for bike hire).
Bike & accessory sales, Bike hire,wheel building, repairs, servicing, delivery,collection & guide service.
Black Mountain Activities 01497 847897 www.blackmountain.co.uk
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Bike hire, delivery & collection service. Instructors/Guides.
Brecon Activities 01874 624387 www.breconactivities.co.uk
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm. Bike hire and guiding service.
Brecon Cycle Hire 01874 622651 www.breconcycles.com
Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm Bike & accessory sales,Bike hire, wheel & Bike Building, repairs.
Gateway Cycles 01873 858519 www.gatewaycycles.co.uk
Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm Bike & accessory sales, repairs, servicing, bike hire.
Hobo Backpackers 01495 718422
Mon-Sun 9am-7pm. Bike guiding & maintainence www.hobo-backpackers.co.ukcourses.
M& D Cycles 01873 854980 www.mndcycles.co.uk
Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm Bike & accessory sales, repairs & servicing.
www.mountainbikewales.com Wednesday evenings and weekend club rides.
Pedalaway (Abergavenny) 01873 830219 www.pedalaway.co.uk
Mon-Sun 9am-7pm Bike hire only.
Pedalabikeaway (Garwnant Visitor Centre)01685 723060
Mon-Sun 9am-5pm Bike hire, (leisure cycles).
These are leisure cycle routes that follow country lanes and tracks through the spectacular scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The routes vary in length from 6 miles to 52 miles, all routes start and finish at either Brecon canal basin or Brecon town centre. A route pack with maps is available for sale cost £5.99 from Tourist Information Centres. Further information from www.cyclebreconbeacons.com.
Technical & safety tips
Always wear a helmet. Ride within your capabilities and skills and allow plenty of time for your ride. Before leaving ensure your bike is safe by checking tyres, brakes and gears. Tell someone where you are going and what time you intend to return. Take the appropriate O.S map, compass, basic first aid kit, food and money.
Always carry a basic tool kit; a cycling specific multi-tool is best, but if not you will need 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Allen keys, small flat head and Philips screwdrivers. Also make sure you carry a pump, tyre levers, puncture repair kit and some spare innertubes, it is easier to replace a tube than to fix a puncture.
Make sure you are prepared for all weather conditions by wearing several layers of clothing that can be adjusted. Take a lightweight waterproof jacket, even in fine weather. Padded cycling shorts are a must and can be worn under leggings in cold conditions.
Code of Conduct
Give way to horse riders and pedestrians, slow down, say 'Hello' and give way
Don't interfere with wildlife, plants or trees
Keep to published routes
Always close gates behind you Take rubbish with you.
Don't light fires
Keep away from Forestry operations
Expect the unexpected
Avoid back wheel skids, which can start erosion
At all times please be considerate and courteous to those you meet on route
Slow down when approaching and travelling through farmyards