Wye Valley and Welsh Borders Cycling Holiday

Wye Valley, Herefordshire, United KIngdom

Summary

This fully guided 4 day tour includes rides around the beautiful Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Brecon Beacons including the highest road pass in Wales, the Gospel Pass.

We also take a tour around the enchanting Forest of Dean, which delivers some challenging short climbs but rewarding views of the picturesque surroundings filled with history and heritage.

Our accommodation for the week is set in a small quite hamlet just 2 miles outside the historical town of Ross On Wye. Here we stay at the spectacular Glewstone Court Hotel, which delivers a warm welcome, open fires, amazing food and breathe taking views.

All our tours start from Glewstone Court, giving you the opportunity to have lots of rest between rides and an amazing breakfast just before you jump on your bike in the morning!

Please note alternative accommodation can be arranged, subject to availability.

Call us: 01989 477011
Price from
£549pp
  • Above price based on two people sharing
  • Book for just £99 deposit per person!
  • Single Supplement applies

Information

Type: Guided
Dates: April - September
Duration: 5 Nights
Suitable for: Beginners to Advanced 
Daily Distance (km) 66-132
Daily Climbing (m) 1,137-2,385
Location: Wye Valley, Welsh Borders, United Kingdom
Bike included: No
Meals: Breakfast
Groups/Singles: Both

Also Included

  • 5 Nights luxury accommodation
  • 4 carefully designed bike tours
  • Guided & supported rides
  • Mollydoo Cycling jersey
  • Pre tour briefings
  • Complimentary coffee stop

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Bike hire (available to hire, please enquire)
  • Meals outside of the hotel arrangements

Itinerary

Your Accommodation - Glewstone Court, Country House Hotel

Our cycling base camp for the week is Glewstone Court for 5 nights, a charming, Georgian, Grade II listed Country Manor House set in 2 acres of beautiful grounds with stunning views of the Herefordshire Countryside which is surrounded by green fruit orchards.

This spectacular Hotel and Restaurant lies not only in the splendour of the Georgian listed building, but in making guests feel truly ‘at home’ with a warm, friendly welcome, character-filled comfortable lounges, open fires and breathtaking views.

The hotel bedrooms are spacious with individual décor and en suite facilities. The hotel and restaurant have received numerous accolades over the years. The Head Chef Vicky Lyons worked with John McMahon, (best known for creating the Wedding Breakfast for Madonna), gaining work experience at Claridges before becoming Head Chef at Forde Abbey. Vicky is extremely creative with her menus sourcing fresh ingredients daily from local suppliers to create her signature á la carte dishes.

Ride 1: Welcome to the Wye Valley

Shortly after breakfast, our first ride takes us along some of the roads visited by the Pro riders of the Tour of Britain in 2014, stage 3. Included are some short but aggressive climbs from 4% to in excess of 15% in places but not without some fast descents.

We take in some of the best scenery around the area; down quite narrow lanes, through small hamlets and villages that are full of local character.

We take a break at the historical Welsh border town of Monmouth, known as the birth place of Henry V which also includes a medieval 13th century bridge, which we’ll ride across for our well-deserved  coffee stop and cake!

The 2nd half of our ride delivers a long climb to Staunton which stretches over 5 kilometres and an average of 5%, providing stunning views as we leave Monmouth behind us.  We reach Berry Hill and take a turn towards the famous Symonds Yat Rock.  This descent is tricky towards the end, total 5 kilometres descent down to the river Wye. We have an option here to make a stop at Symonds Yat riverside to sample a local ale before a short ride back to the hotel.

Ride 2: Gospel Pass and the Black Mountains

Hay On Wye, Gospel Pass, Brecon Beacons National Park

After our breakfast we take a short transfer to the pretty town of Hay On Wye, known as the “town of books” as it hosts two dozen book shops. This is an epic ride and will test your climbing legs as we start our first climb.  The Gospel Pass has an average of 5.4% but with some steep sections in excess of 15% gradient which in total is 8.4 kilometres long.

The views from the top are very rewarding, equally is the thrilling descent back down through the Brecon Beacons national park, which features green pastures, forestry and remote reservoirs. After a lunch stop at Talybont On Usk, we head towards the town of Brecon and finally arrive back at Hay On Wye.

Ride 3: The Forest of the Dean

Ross on Wye, Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean, Lydney, Cinderford,

This picturesque ride takes us into the heart of the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean, which was designated in 1938 as the first national forest in the UK, and is recognised as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

We start our ride gently by heading through the 15th century town of Ross On Wye, followed by a ride along the River Wye with views of the Goodrich Castle. We tackle our first climb, “Ruardean Hill”, (2.5k ascent, 6.1 km long) which takes us into the forest, followed by a long descent back down into the town of Lydbrook. Our route now takes on a circular ride within the forest which delivers a more rolling terrain and where we will ride through small villages full of heritage.

After a lunch stop, we head out of the forest and down “Plump Hill” which provides views of the distant River Severn.  It takes us down into the town of Mitcheldean before heading back towards the town of Ross and finally to our hotel.

Ride 4: Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk

Symonds Yat Rock, Wye Valley, Tintern, the Vale of Usk, Monmouth

This ride will deliver some spectacular scenery and very enjoyable riding. We begin our day with a challenging climb up the iconic Symond Yat Rock.  It’s out of the saddle in parts but it has to be done as it’s well known in the area for a “tick in the box”!

We leave the steep climbs behind us as we head along the beautiful Wye Valley itself that takes us to the town of Tintern.  Tintern boasts a stunning 13th century abbey and is a great place for us to stop and sample the great coffee and cake on offer!

After a short rest we climb out of Tintern towards the Chepstow Race Course before heading into the picturesque Vale of Usk. Just after leaving Usk, we stop for lunch at a popular cycling café then head back towards Monmouth. After taking a steady long climb out of Monmouth, we are faced with tackling our last climb of the day, Welsh Newton, which although short, delivers an average gradient of 9%. We finish our ride with a long descent back to our base in Glewstone

Content

Call us: 01989 477011