National Route 81 runs in sections between Aberystwyth and Wolverhampton.

Route 81 runs from Aberystwyth to Wolverhampton, with the section running through Wales called Lôn Cambria.

Lôn Cambria travels 113 miles from the coast at Aberystwyth to the historic border town of Shrewsbury, crossing the heart of beautiful Mid Wales through the Cambrian mountains and alongside the beautiful Elan Valley reservoirs to Rhayader.

With red kites soaring above, the route follows quiet lanes linking the picturesque market towns of Llanidloes and Newtown.

A final climb on the Roman Road over Long Mountain offers panoramic views before descending into Shrewsbury.

Please note there are some sections of Lôn Cambria between Welshpool and Shrewsbury that are not part of the National Cycle Network.

The route resumes between Shrewsbury and Telford, and is then open in sections between Telford and Wolverhampton.


Route closure 

Ceredigion Council have notified us that a section of NCN 81 between Llanilar and Pantmawr is closed until late 2024 due to a riverbank that supported the route being washed away.

There is no current planned diversion, but we are working with Ceredigion Council to try and resolve that and will share any further updates on a diversion of this portion of the route when able to do so.

Please note

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.

Please help us to protect this route

Route 81 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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