Mid Wales forms the geographical heart of Wales, running from the Brecon Beacons National Park in the south to the foothills of Snowdonia in the north.
Its eastern boundary traces the England Wales border, and the country remains landlocked to the East, partitioned from the swells of Cardigan Bay by the rural shires of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
The Cambrian Mountains form the spine of Mid Wales. These are crossed by a series of winding roads and narrow lanes that could have been purpose built for cycling, as well as an equally impressive network of off- road trails that draw mountain bikers from all over the country. The area around Mid Wales’ forests, canals and reservoirs provide a safe, traffic-free environment for family cyclists, and two National Cycle Routes cross the region - perfect for those who want to spend a few days in the saddle.
Exactly how dirty do you want to get? Because you and your bike might well require a serious hose down after some of our epic cross-country adventures.
With a range of centres, bases and trails, whether guided or free riding you’ll discover a network of tracks and bridleways. Take it at your pace, whether you’re starting out on gentle off road trails or going full on off-piste. The only reason you’ll want to stop is to rest before doing it all again.
The only reason to go up is to come down. Fast descents and downhill thrills will capture your breath and provide a treat, whatever your age or ability.
Be wild and explore…or just explore.
Whichever way you’ll be inspired and want some more.
Our diverse county is a haven for road cyclists, amidst breathtaking landscapes and endless possibilities a myriad of routes that cater to all skill levels and preferences await.
Traverse quiet country lanes that wind through picturesque villages, providing the perfect setting for family-friendly rides or leisurely solo excursions. As you pedal through Powys, be prepared for a journey that goes beyond the mere thrill of cycling; it's an immersion into the heart of Wales, where every turn reveals a new gem of natural beauty.
For those seeking a more laid-back adventure, cycle your way around Lake Vyrnwy, enjoying a picnic along the way.
Thrill-seekers, gear up for the Radnor Ring—an exhilarating route that combines the rush of cycling with the allure of our remarkable landscapes.
And for the boldest of cyclists, the 250-mile epic journey that is Lôn Las Cymru awaits. This iconic route spans the length of Powys, taking you through a tapestry of terrains, from rolling hills to majestic valleys.
If you're not a regular cyclist, you can hire specialist and alternative bikes from hubs in prominent locations at Elan Valley Visitor Centre and Drovers Cycles in Hay on Wye. Regardless of your needs, you'll be able to enjoy cycling in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Both hire sites have trained staff who will be able help with any questions, give you a demonstration, provide information on safe cycling routes and make sure that you have a perfect cycling experience. Please visit the individual websites to check opening times and prices. We recommend that you call the centre in advance to ensure someone will be available to help you. Both locations have disabled-friendly facilities such as toilets, a range of accessories, car park, a wealth of local knowledge, and a 'try before you hire' area available. We have carefully selected these alternative bikes to remove barriers to cycling and make the countryside more accessible for everyone.
Indulge in the pure joy of traffic-free cycling in Powys, where you can let the pedals spin and your mind wander amidst mile after mile of carefree two-wheel delight.
Perfect for leisurely family days out and the ideal setting for appreciating the stunning scenery, our disused railways and canal routes offer a haven of traffic-free trails. Explore the tranquility of Elan Valley, where the open paths allow you to focus on the sheer pleasure of cycling, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Venture into the heart of Radnor Forest, where traffic-free trails beckon you to escape the hustle and bustle and embrace the serenity of the countryside. The disused railways and canals provide a canvas for a truly immersive cycling experience, free from the interruptions of traffic.
Discover the canal network along both the Montgomery and Brecon, as well as the Monmouth canals, which gracefully traverse the county. These pathways, topping and tailing the region, offer a seamless and uninterrupted cycling experience, allowing you to absorb the picturesque landscapes at your own pace.
The Good Cycling Guide
Be courteous – always cycle with respect for others
Give way to pedestrians, leaving them plenty of room
Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary
Don’t expect to cycle at high speeds
Be careful at junctions, bends and entrances
Remember that many people are hard of hearing or visually impaired – don’t assume they can see or hear you
Carry a bell and use it – don’t surprise people
Always follow the highway code
Be seen – most accidents to cyclists happen at junctions
Fit lights and use them in poor visibility
Consider wearing a helmet and bright clothing
Match your speed to the surface and your skills
Respect other land management activities, such as farming and forestry
Please take your litter home
National Cycle Museum
The National Cycle Museum is home to over 260 cycles from an 1818 Hobby Horse, Victorian solid-tyred machines, classic lightweights to the latest carbon-fibre designs.
The Museum is the National Cycle Museum for the UK and is one of the leading world cycle museums .
"A treasure trove of wonders, where the wheels of time show their journey and developments through the ages"