Challenge rides in Wales for 2019

Cyclists at the top of a hill after a challenge ride
Person cycling along a section of Lon Las Wales, North Wales

Take in the breathtaking scenery along Lon Las Cymru

Cyclist on a bridge

Looking for dramatic climbs, off-the-beaten track countryside or rugged coastal views? We have a challenge ride for you.

We’ve selected some of the most iconic challenging rides in Wales for you to consider in 2019. 

These can be broken down into smaller sections or completed in full, depending on what you are looking for. If you would like further details get in touch on [email protected]

Lon Las Cymru 

With over 250 miles of quiet lanes, and family-friendly traffic free cycle paths that take you over three distinct mountain ranges and two national parks, Lon Las Cymru takes in some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes in the British Isles. 

This spectacular trail runs the entire length of Wales and can be tackled in two sections; Lon Las North and Lon Las South, it can also be broken down into smaller sections or taken on as one big challenge - the choice is yours! 

> Buy maps for Lon Las Cymru North and Lon Las Cymru South.

Celtic Trail 

Running across Wales at its widest point, the Celtic Trail takes in St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, dramatic castles in Haverfordwest, Pembroke and Kidwelly, the magnificent Llanelli Millennium Coastal Park and the wide sweep of Swansea Bay.

Following 220 miles along a mixture of traffic-free coastal paths, riverside trails, old railway lines and quiet lanes the Celtic Trail offers the opportunity to experience the diversity of Welsh culture, history and natural beauty, as well as some of Wales’ finest tourist attractions.

Find more details on our map section: Celtic Trail West and Celtic Trail East.

Lon Teifi 

Lôn Teifi takes the same course as the Lôn Cambria route along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest to drop down into the valley of the River Teifi.

Starting in the university town of Aberystwyth, Lôn Teifi takes the same course as Lôn Cambria along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest to cross the watershed and drop down into the valley of the River Teifi. This is followed all the way to the coast at Cardigan, passing through the handsome towns of Tregaron, Lampeter, Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn (with its castle ruins).

Buy Lon Cambria and Lon Teifi cycle route map.

Lon Cambria 

Lôn Cambria crosses the heart of beautiful Mid Wales through the Cambrian mountains, tracing a picturesque 113-mile route from the coast at Aberystwyth to the historic border town of Shrewsbury.

This is another challenging ride of 113 miles, which can take up to 2 - 3 days. 

Radnor Ring 

An 84-mile circular cycle route around the old county of Radnorshire. The route follows a mixture of country lanes, river valleys, traffic-free trails and mountain roads, offering spectacular views of some of Mid Wales' most awe-inspiring scenery. 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.

Buy Radnor Ring Cycle route map

Cycle across the Brecon Beacons 

Cycle across the Brecon Beacons National Park using this new touring route, running from Llandeilo in the West to Abergavenny in the East. This new route follows a Roman Road with panoramic views of the Central Beacons, it winds along lovely country lanes before joining the pretty tow path by the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

With several sections to choose from, these are particularly challenging so check suitability of each section via the Brecon Beacons National Park's website.  

Check out our top 10 routes in Wales as recommended by our volunteers.

Take a look at our rides to National Parks.