Route 46

Route Details

  • Distance: 80 miles
  • Route Gaps: Large gap between Worcester and Hereford.  Gaps around Merthyr Tydfil.

Route Description

1. Droitwich to Worcester

The route begins at Bromsgrove and travels on-road to Droitwich Spa. After a short traffic-free stretch the route continues on-road Worcester: this section is around 10 miles and relatively flat and follows a similar line to the Droitwich Canal, taking you to Worcester's racecourse.   

2. Worcester to Hereford

Between Worcester and Hereford the route is still under development. 

3. Hereford to Abergavenny

The section between Hereford and Abergavenny is 27 miles and takes in some of the area's most beautiful countryside including the River Wye, the Herefordshire Hills and Ysgyryd Fawr and Sugar Loaf mountains.

4. Brynmawr to Neath

This route is commonly known as the Heads of the Valley Route.  The route is 25 miles long and starts in Brynmawr. It straddles five Welsh local authorities branching off to existing routes and twisting its way along major and minor roads as well as traffic free paths. The beauty of this bumper trail is that accomplished cyclists can ride it all the way or families can choose quiet chunks for a perfect day out.

Please note: (Llanfoist to Gilwern section) Monmouthshire County Council are carrying out repairs to one of the bridges that pass over the cycle route, known as Wilden Works Bridge.  The route will remain open while the works are on-going but users should take care in this area and follow instructions, if given, by the repair team.

Things to see and do

This route contains a Sustrans Greener Greenway

A greenway is a corridor of undeveloped land, reserved for recreational use and environmental conservation.

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Closures and diversions 

Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC has had to close a footbridge in the Llwydcoed, Aberdare area due to vandalism of the timber bridge deck.

Repairs have been arranged but it is possible that the bridge will be closed for up to 6 weeks and will not be open till mid August.

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Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

National Route 46 of the National Cycle Network will connect Bromsgrove to Neath when complete.