An 84-mile circular cycle route around the old county of Radnorshire, passing a number of railway stations on the scenic Heart of Wales railway line, including Knighton, Knucklas, Llangunllo, Llanbister Road and Llandrindod Wells. The route follows a mixture of country lanes, river valleys, traffic-free trails and mountain roads and offers spectacular views of some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in mid-Wales. It passes through some stunning landscapes, climbs over some strenuous passes and even has an optional off-road section for those that would prefer to ride it on a mountain bike.
The route is mainly signed as National Route 825 but takes in some of National Route 8 (Lon Las Cymru) between Rhayader and Newbridge-on-Wye. The route predominantly runs through Powys but in the east, the route creeps back and forth over the border between England and Wales into Herefordshire, passing through Kington, Presteigne and Knighton.
The towns and villages offer plenty of accommodation options and the whole route is dotted with country inns that provide perfect places to stop for lunch. As an introduction to cycle touring in Wales, this is a hard one to beat.
Attractions along the way include the National Cycle Museum at Llandrindod Wells, and the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Gigrin Farm in Rhayader. Alternatively, you can take a short, traffic-free detour on Route 81 to the Elan Valley, with its dams and reservoirs, or take a look at the earthwork remains of Offa’s Dyke, dug along the frontier between Wales and England 1200 years ago.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.