Local cycle routes (& the all-important cafe stops)

Granary Cottage is a great base for both for mountain bikers and for roadies. Last weekend Sam and I took to the roads for a bit of an explore. On recent visits we have stuck to our old faithful route, the “Llanthony Lap” but this time we thought it was time to venture further afield. Dorstone’s location near the Brecons but not actually in them does give us the best of both worlds – you can choose to go for the big climbs or you can choose the kinder rolly ones and just enjoy the great views of the Brecons. Having said that, those ‘rolly’ ones can still pack a punch – there’s a 25%’er out of Dorstone to Arthur’s Stone!

Ras de Cymru

Ras de Cymru coming through near Glasbury

See the links below for our routes (and I’ve included the Llanthony Lap too).

The Back and Beyond of Hay on Wye http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5459956
60km, 650m of climbing. Some good long flats on decent surface. Great views of the Brecons. Great river crossings.

Herefordshire Rollies http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5297737
58km, 850m of climbing. Some steep sections! Whitney Toll Bridge is 10p for cyclists to cross – we genuinely didn’t know and cycled on through, no one chased us!

The Llanthony Lap http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5218761
70km, 1000m of climbing
This is an awesome route either way around. Llanthony Priory is a must-see and has a great little pub in the old cellar – check opening times before you go.

While out in the wonderful isolation of the Powys/Herefordshire countryside, it’s still good to know where you can stop for refreshment. I haven’t tried and tested all these places but they were all open and looking lively when we past them (July 2014):

The River Cafe, Glasbury 
The Honey Cafe, Bronllys
The Wye Knot Stop
Whitney Farm Shop
Whitney Toll Bridge – tea and coffee and snacks available

A few snaps from our rides:

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