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High Wales Tour

High Wales Tour

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The passes we will visit include the highest road in Wales. We cannot go to the summit as it is a private road but will ascend as far as possible. We will ride the highest public roads: Gospel Pass 549m, Bwlch y Groes 545m, Bwlch y Cloddiau 534m, Dol-y-Moch 531m, Llangynidr Mountain 518m, Blorenge and Rhiw Fawr at 512m. Still pretty high, we will also take in Penrhiw-wen 488m, Ffynnon Eidda 485m, Bwlch Cerrig Duon 479m, Foel Rudd, 476m, Devils Staircase 475m, Esgair Gelli 467m, Pennau Hill 455m, Bryn Melyn 446m, Torpantau 440m, Llanbedr Hill 440m and Lon Garrett Dinorwig 430m.

Riding between the passes, I have chosen the most interesting and scenic of the network of "yellow" roads. We will avoid main roads where ever possible.

We have several options. Firstly we have two starting and finishing points, one near Edwardsville in the Valleys, South Wales, and the other near Bala, North Wales. We have an all tarmac route and one with some gravel and easy green roads, which will be fine on road tyres if we are lucky with the weather and it is dry. We have only set dates for the three day tours, but if you have a group of four or more people and wish to ride in a more leisurely fashion or add in some more technical green roads, we are happy to organise a bespoke tour for you.

If you are on your own bike with satnav, and you prefer to ride at your own pace, we should be able to provide a gps route.

Motorcycles for Hire

If your own motorcycle is not suitable or you are between bikes, why not hire one of our Hondas? You do need to hold a full licence, be aged over 24, and have a nearly clean licence (less than 9 points.) There is secure private parking at the South Wales start, and I am awaiting confirmation of private parking at Bala for the North Wales start, so that you can leave your vehicle safely while you are away.

Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation at both the start and for the nights away. If you are happy sharing, there are glamping and bunkhouse options. If you prefer a room to yourself, I will put you in touch with a small hotel, guesthouse or b and b. If possible, we will use accommodation where an evening meal can be provided. Prices will range from about £35 a night bunkhouse with evening meal and breakfast, to £80 for a single room with meals.

Itinery

We will be riding quite long distances on small roads. We will take a break every hour or so, at lookout or scenic locations for photos. If the weather is disappointingly damp, we may go for a coffee mid morning and a late afternoon tea stop. Lunch will be at a cafe or pub. We expect to arrive at your accommodation between six and seven in the evening. We are envisaging that you will travel light with a few items in a rucksack unless you have a top box or panniers, but there is a Mid Wales based baggage travel company I can get a quote from if you wish.