West Wales Beano 2019

7 days, Sat 6th to Sat 13th July 2019

Rolling hills, sleepy villages, beaches, forests, myths and legends on the Ceredigion coast of Wales

This is our first ever Beano in this part of Wales: the county of Ceredigion, tucked between Pembrokeshire to the south and Snowdonia to the north. The rugged coastline of Cardigan Bay is punctuated by beaches and tiny fishing ports, while inland the green hills are divided by gentle river valleys and dotted with small villages and towns.

The rides

Some rides take us west to the coast, with its beaches, coves and fishing villages. Others head inland past meadows and woods to the foot of the Cambrian Mountains.

Llangranog (image courtesy of Discover Ceredigion)

Wednesday is an optional cycle-free day. You could spend the day on the beach, try dolphin-spotting in Cardigan Bay, visit a real gold mine, or explore the Treberfedd farm trail and relax at the cottages - perhaps even try the open air hot tubs. Or if you can't bear to miss a day of cycling, we'll have an extra ride available for you!

Our home for the week (image courtesy of Treberfedd)

The venue

We will be staying on an organic farm just a few miles from the Cardigan Bay coast, in an assortment of cottages and eco-cabins clustered round a courtyard with a central building where we will gather for meals. Camping is an option (bring your own tent), and there's even 'glamping' in the shape of a lovingly-restored Edwardian caravan with a double bed. The cosy cottages range from a converted barn to a 400-year-old thatched farmhouse, each unique. The eco-cabins each feature a double bed and private shower room, and sit on the hillside overlooking the valley.

As always on a Beano, catering will be vegetarian and will feature local produce.

Prices

  • £800 per person sharing an eco-cabin (king-size bed, ensuite shower room - only 2 cabins available!) [Sorry, both cabins now booked.]
  • £780 per person staying in a single room in a cottage (shared bathroom facilities)
  • £720 per person sharing a twin or double room in a cottage (shared bathroom facilities)
  • £720 per person, sharing the caravan (double bed; separate shower/toilet facilities on the campsite; only 1 caravan available!)
  • £450 per person camping (bring your own tent)

Prices include breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, but not lunches or coffee stops while we're out on the rides.

Willing to share?

If you're coming by yourself but willing to share a twin room, just book a place in a twin room. Depending on how the bookings go, we may be able to give you a room to yourself at no extra charge - but we can't guarantee it. This applies to rooms in the cottages only: the eco-cabins and caravan have double beds so they're for couples or very good friends!

Ruins in the Rheidol Valley

Eco-cabins

Blanket shop in the hills

morning-mist

In the third book of the Mabinogion, the classic collection of Welsh legends, the four main characters awake one day to find that the morning mist has spirited away all the other inhabitants of the kingdom. The country lanes around here are so quiet, you might sometimes feel that it's happened again.