We have been exploring, walking, riding and negotiating the route for 10 plus years. It is ever evolving as it weaves its way through remote countryside and we work passionately and tirelessly to keep the route open and ridden. We offer you the benefit of our experience and knowledge of the area to bring you the best possible routes we have found and that are currently rideable. You will stay with some wonderful hosts who we value tremendously not only because of their locations but because of the service they offer you our guests and your horses.
Disclaimer: Distances are approximate and routes constantly evolving and subject to change
Day 1 – 17 miles (27k)
A mixture of open hill, old tracks, high ridges and rolling countryside to your first nights’ accommodation; a lovely country house B&B where your hosts will either cook for you or run you to the local pub for your evening meal
Climbing approx. 2425 ft (740 m) & descending 2459ft (750m)
Day 2 – 17 miles (27k)
Using permissive routes over some lovely country joining parts of the Glyndwr’s way, past the historic Marshes Pool and into the village of Llangurig with an overnight pub stop.
Climbing approx. 2789 ft (850m) & descending 2785ft (849m) so ending up 4ft higher than you started!
Day 3 – 17 miles (27k)
Your route will vary depending on whether you are stopping over in the Hafren Forest for a mini-break en-route. Either way you will be heading out; in and around the Hafren and on to the Plynlimon foothills over some beautiful and remote country.
Accommodation; either in a beautifully remote pub with sauna out on the trail or in the gorgeous Cwmbiga farm Cottages (2 night minimum stay) perfect for rest and recuperation and maybe a walk to the Osprey and Reservoir viewing point.
Climbing approx. 3050 ft (930m) & descending 2749ft (838m)
Day 4 – 14 miles (22k)
Over high country & spectacular ridges with stunning views as you continue your journey around the foothills of Plynlimon to stay the night at a traditional welsh hill farm
Climbing approx. 2766 ft (843 m) and descending 3479ft (1060m)
Day 5 – 15 miles (24k)
More stunning views as you continue up and down though spectacular hill country; you get your first glimpse of the sea on this day and maybe an opportunity for a penultimate celebratory drink as you pass through Talybont. Your horses will be staying at a livery yard with views of Borth and you will be staying at a local B&B.
Climbing 3253 ft (992m) and descending 3660 ft (1116m)
Day 6 – Beach Day 5-14miles (8-22k)
The beach at Borth is just 2 ½ miles (4k) from your livery or take a route via the pub at Talybont making it 8 miles round trip to the beach & back. The Beach is 3 miles long & if you’re lucky there might be an ice cream van at the other end at Ynyslas – so you have plenty of options for a fabulous last day on the trail.
Climbing 723ft (220m) and descending 718ft (219m) if you do the circular route or if you take the most direct route to the beach & back 320ft (97m) and descending 318ft (96m).
Day 7 – 11 – The Ultimate Experience
Retrace your steps back to the English border having ridden approx 170 miles of absolutely wonderful country. The route rides totally differently each way offering a brilliant 11 day trail.
Please contact us for a personalised quote based on your specific requirements and what we are able to offer.
Things to do
We offer Cycle Friendly Accommodation on the Welsh borders with great XC riding on the doorstep and within easy reach of several world class mountain bike centres with freeride, downhill and uplift facilities.
No crowds, no hassle, no pressure – that’s walking in Mid-Wales! The opportunities for walking from the Brandy house are endless. Take the long route into the village (about half an hour through ancient oak woods) or spend several days hiking