Cycle away the winter cobwebs in the Brecon Beacons!
Park in the village of Talybont on Usk, where you can start and finish at the White Hart or Star pubs. One has a bunkhouse and the other a B&B and restaurant open through the winter; both have great beers and good food.
Cross the canal by the footbridge then cycle north on the Taff trail which begins with a long climb alongside the Talybont reservoir. you will see the high peaks ahead of you to the left. You then pass through Talybont on Usk and Taf Fechan forests, before crossing a B-road leading to a fantastic climb up stone tracks to the Cwm Cynwyn pass as the base of Cribyn at an altitude of nearly 2000ft. On a clear day the views are stupendous and you may surprise a few walkers, fell-runners and sheep.
The descent is very technical with huge boulders and terrifying drops coming down the other side before the surface improves to a fast tarmac descent into LLanfrynach, where there's a pub for a well-earned pint, before following the roads back to Talybont.
Talybont on Usk village:
White Hart Inn:
Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Powys LD3 7JD
Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Powys LD3 7YX
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Tregoyd Mountain Riders were perfect for me as a novice rider and somenone who was even a little wary of horses. They didnt rush me and gave me a horse that was suited to me. After a very short time I loved the horse and the riding. You can even take your own horse there and stay in a B&B while the horse has a stable.The scenery in Wales is really breathtaking as it goes through Brecons national park and the friendly Welsh people make it even more amazing.
Small B&B opened this year by Dinah and Brian Post who are friendly and welcoming while allowing guests their own space. Rooms are comfortable and the cooked breakfast delicious.
It’s in a great spot for walking activities and Hay-on-Wye is less than half an hour's drive away. Surrounding countryside is awesome.
From £60, 01873 812240, www.tytalbedandbreakfast.co.uk
The perfect place to put your feet up after a long days walking up nearby Pen-y-Fan and the surrounding peaks. This gastropub serves absolutely delicious food, brilliant service and a wide array of beers, cider (and even perry!) on tap. A jem in a beautiful part of Wales!
The Felin Fach Griffin
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