Mid Wales Beano – a cycling break in the Brecon Beacons National Park

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Thursday 30th June - Sunday 3rd July 2016

River valleys and spectacular mountain views in the Brecon Beacons National Park

The venue may be new, but we've run tours in this part of Wales for many years - and with good reason. It's an area of quiet rural lanes, spectacular and ever-changing views, and endless interesting and quirky places. We get the benefit of the mountain scenery without having to climb to the top of any mountains. As Beano co-founder Rob likes to say, "There are no hills in Wales - only valleys."

Our base for the weekend is the Llangasty Retreat House, a large Victorian rectory near the shores of Llangorse Lake on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The house has breathtaking views across the lake to the mountains beyond. 

Our rides take us into the valleys of the rivers Usk and Wye and along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath. We venture on twisty roads into the foothills of the mountains, stopping at ruined castles and historic market towns like Brecon and Crickhowell, and dropping in on the famous 'book town' of Hay-on-Wye.

The Beano starts on Thursday evening and finishes after the last ride late on Sunday afternoon, giving us three full days of cycling. Rides are mostly on backroads and gravelled canal towpaths, with the occasional optional offroad diversion for those who want it. Some parts are easy-going, but this being mid-Wales there are hills  - sorry, I mean valleys - to climb. Think of them as an excuse to slow down and take in the view!

The Retreat House has a mixture of single and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The rooms are small but comfortable, and most of them have views across the surrounding countryside. After the day's ride you can relax and chat in the cosy lounge, sit out on the terrace overlooking the lake, or take a wander round the garden.

The dining room at Llangasty

The dining room at Llangasty

Note: Llangasty Retreat House itself is run by a Christian organisation, but people of any religion - or none - are welcome there.

Prices

£440 per person

Prices

£440 per person

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Llangorse © Crown copyright (2015) Visit Wales

Llangorse

River Usk at Criskhowell © Crown copyright (2015) Visit Wales

River Usk at Crickhowell

Canal, Llangorse and River Usk photos above are © Crown copyright (2015) Visit Wales. Page header picture: The Crannog on Llangorse Lake, from a photo by Phil Dolby, licence CC-BY-2.0.