Beacons to Beacon 3 days

(Self-Guided: 3 Days Cycling, 3 Nights)

Grade 4 cycle tour

Self-guided road cycling holiday on a new cross-country route from the Brecon Beacons, through the Malvern Hills, the Cotswolds and finishing near Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns.

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Tour Details

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices

Trust my Travel logoThe Beacons to Beacon route is a Velobreaks original route, providing road cycling enthusiasts with a marvellous ride on quiet country lanes threading through some of the most diverse and beautiful scenery in the south and midlands of England and Wales. From the majesty of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, through the Wye Valley, Malvern Hills, Severn Valley, Cotswolds and Chilterns there are surprises and delights around most corners. You’ll cycle through pretty stone built villages, alongside gurgling streams, gain glorious hilltop views and reward yourself with stops at quaint pubs and interesting cafes.  Good accommodation and a wide choice of food and drink awaits at the end of each day in the lovely towns of Hereford and Burford.

The Beacons to Beacon 3 Day Route is a beefed up version of the original Beacons to Beacon route. It’s a little longer overall and features a few more climbs. This is one for the tougher cycling enthusiast.

Highlights

  • Completing the challenge of the highest mountain pass in Wales.
  • The climb up and over The Wyche in the Malvern Hills and the fantastic views east and west.
  • The climb up Cotwsolds Edge to Snowshill
  • So many superb views from hilltops – from the Cotswolds Edge, from almost anywhere in the Cotswolds, from Ivinghoe Beacon. (Don’t forget your camera!)
  • The beauty of the classic Cotswold honey coloured stone villages and the ride down the Windrush valley.

Day 1

Arrive at your accommodation in the Oxford area, where you can park your car for the rest of the trip. If you have time, explore the fascinating city of Oxford and sample its restaurants and pubs.

Day 2 (73.9 miles, Ascent 5,066ft)

After breakfast you will be welcomed by a Velobreaks team member at your accommodation and provided with route maps, directions and trip notes before being transported together with your cycle to the start point at Chepstow in Monmouthshire alongside the mouth of the Wye River.

Your cycling starts with a wonderful ride up and over to the Usk valley and follows it upstream through wooded hillsides until Abergavenny, where you can find many cafes and restaurants for a break before the hills to come and your tackling of one of the best bike rides in Britain. After Abergavenny you head into the edge of the Brecon Beacons, skirting around the bottom of Sugar Loaf Mountain, through the magical Vale of Ewyas and then climbing up and over Gospel Pass (2,165 ft) in the Black Mountains. It’s a long but generally steady climb over the highest road pass in Wales, through stunning scenery before the fun descent to the pretty border town of Hay on Wye. As well as the countless book shops that give Hay its fame you’ll be able to choose from a lovely selection of cafes, bakeries and pubs for a much needed break. From Hay you’ll follow the rural lanes in the Wye Valley, with occasional glimpses of the river, until your overnight destination of the cathedral city of Hereford.

Day 3 (79.9 miles, Ascent  4,488ft)

You head east from Hereford through the rolling hills, apple orchards, hop fields and oast houses of Herefordshire until the climb out of Ledbury affords you glimpses of the glorious Malvern Hills against the skyline. Crossing the ridge at The Wyche you drop down through the regency spa town of Great Malvern across the Severn Vale and the Avon Valley until the climb up into the Cotswolds from Broadway. For the rest of the day you navigate through the delights of the Cotswolds until a run through the beguiling Windrush valley brings you to the glorious Cotswold gateway town of Burford for your overnight stop.

Day 4 (75.9 miles, Ascent 3,391ft)

The day starts with a loop through lovely West Oxfordshire, through the ancient university town of Oxford and out east  to the market town of Thame, with its broad Georgian high street. From there more country lanes through South Oxfordshire will take you to the foot of the Chilterns where you climb up onto its classic chalk landscape with wooded valleys and rolling farmland.  As you cycle along the charming lanes you’ll see Red Kites circling overhead.

From Chesham you head north through the famous forested Ashridge Estate for the climb up to Ivinghoe Beacon and the finishing point at a charming Chilterns pub where you will be met and transported back to the rendezvous hotel for your onward journey home.

There is an option to stay an extra night in Oxford if you feel like celebrating your achievements.

Holidays available from 1 April 2016 to 31 October 2016.

Start day – any day of the week

£435.00 per person* (for 3 nights)

* Based on two sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. All people and luggage transfer included.

Accommodation will be in selected quality small hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and inns.

Supplements

  • Single person supplement £90.00 per person (for 3 nights)
  • Cycle Hire £75.00
  • Garmin Edge Navigator Hire £75.00
  • Optional extra night in Oxford £70.00 per person

Included

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Transfer from rendezvous hotel to start point
  • Transfer from finish point to rendezvous hotel
  • Luggage transfer between overnight hotels
  • Car parking
  • Route maps and directions
  • Trip Guide (with food and drink recommendations)
  • Programmed route download for own Garmin Edge navigator
  • 24 hr emergency telephone number

Not included

  • Cycle Hire £75.00
  • Garmin Edge Navigator Hire £75.00
  • Insurance
  • Lunch and evening meal

Booking conditions