53 miles, 4119 feet. Hay on Wye - Llanidloes
Even though there was less climbing today, it definitely felt harder. Most likely as the rain was pretty relentless most of the day and a lot of the route was either on cycle paths or gravelly muddy off-road paths. Which not only slowed us down but required excellent bike handling skills! 😳😂
This national cycling route however still didn't disappoint in terms of spectacular views and miles and miles of quiet country lanes or forestry tracks.
We cycled alongside the river Wye for most of the day. Having cycled mostly on cycle route 42 yesterday we now moved over to cycle Route 8.
Up to Aberedw to an elevenses stop at Builth Wells - where both Welsh cakes and bara brith had to be sampled! Yum 😋
We then joined quite a long section of gravel path which was rocky and muddy, along a Beautiful ridge at Llandridod Wells. Through National trust area of Trembyd. Shortly then joining a cycle path along the Elan Valley.
Still raining at this point! The cycle path itself was a bit rough but the views along through the Elan valley were absolutely stunning once again.
Lots of relatively short but very steep sections of road today some up to 17% gradient!
The final section down into our accommodation in Llanidloes was fast but because there was had been so much rain the roads were like rivers. Staying at a very lovely hotel and desperately trying to dry out everything we own.
The Sun decided to come out as we were finishing the ride 😂 Another fantastic day of cycling although I could've done with less rain.
The gravel section. Trembyd⬇️
Builth Wells ⬇️ & ⬆️
Welsh sheep 🐑