Abergavenny’s Festival of Cycling climaxes this weekend with the Iron Mountain Sportif on Saturday and the Grand Prix Elite road race on Sunday. It means road closures will be in effect around the town for much of the weekend – for full info head here.
Of course, you don’t have to be competing in televised road races to enjoy the great cycling Abergavenny has to offer!
In fact you don’t even need to bring your own bike – we have a massive hire fleet covering all the cycling disciplines starting from just £27.50 per day.
And we deliver FREE to Abergavenny – and anywhere within a 20-mile radius of Hay – to anyone hiring at least two bikes for a day or more.
Check out our Abergavenny cycling route picks below.
For more route information, guidance and maps, or to hire a bike, get in touch on 01497 822 419.
Ride the highest road in Wales! Gospel Pass – 49 miles / 79km – 1212m of climbing
Enjoy a pit stop at the best cafe in Wales and refuel for the slog up to the highest paved road in Wales, Gospel Pass!Download file for GPS
From Abergavenny, avoid the busy main road by taking the quieter B4246 and A4077 to Crickhowell where you cross the Usk and head west on the A40.
From here, you can either tackle the climb up the A479 through historic Tretower to Pengenffordd, or swerve the traffic by briefly continuing west on the A40 before peeling off north at Bwlch along the B4560 through Llangorse.
Either way, you end up in Talgarth, where the restored watermill hosts the Baker’s Table, an award-winning eatery, which scooped the top spot in the 2015 National Tourism Awards Wales for best cafe.
After refuelling, head onwards to Hay via quiet lanes through Felindre and Llanigon.
As you come into town turn right on to Forest Road – we’re just on left before the hill if you need any spares – then toil southwards, up and up again below the scarp of Hay Bluff and into the dramatic scenery of the Black Mountains. Their ridgeline stretches away to the south west as you hit the highest point on your ride – Gospel Pass, at 549m.
Take some care now as you descend sometimes steeply to Capel-y-Ffin and onwards to Llanthony, where you can break the ride at the pub and restaurant among the ruins.
Keep trending south to return to Abergavenny.
Explore the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
Local cyclists know all too well: we’ve got more than our fair share of hills around these parts.
Ticking categorised road climbs isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but thankfully there’s at one least off-road option in the area that is completely flat: The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal runs for 35 miles from Brecon to Cwmbran, and its hard-pack, traffic-free towpath makes it a perfect for cycling families, leisure riders and beginners.
For a great day out, start at Llanfoist near Abergavenny (well-served by buses and trains) and pedal towards Brecon. The entire leg is about 22 miles – but you you can jump off pretty much anywhere en-route, leave your hire bikes for us to collect, and get the Number 43 bus back to Abergavenny.
Along the way, you can stop off at:
Crickhowell – a haven for local, independent shopping.
Llangattock – jump off the canal at bridge 115 to visit the impressive lime kilns and imposing limestone cliffs.
Llangynidr – as well as a great picnic and wildlife spot, this the place to see a working canal lock in action, with five canal locks to choose from.
Talybont – this small village is well served by pubs and cafes, including the award-winning Star Inn, voted Camra’s South Wales pub of the year!
Take on the ‘Killer Black’ Grwyne Fawr reservoir route – 28 miles / 45km / 1407 metres of climbingDownload file for GPS
Start in Crickhowell, or alternatively ride or get the bus from Abergavenny (we can drop off / pick up hire bikes in Crickhowell for you) then climb out of town to pick up the route at Llanbedr.
Tick off the longest climb of the day, struggling up into the guts of the Black Mountains to a broad shoulder below Pen Trumau. A treat lies in store – a rollercoaster plummet back to base down grassy sheep track and narrow, rocky chutes.
There’s a pit stop in Talgarth at the Baker’s Table if you don’t mind losing some height, otherwise contour around the lower slopes of the Black Mountains before a push-carry-thrutch up a well-armoured path to the top of Y Das.
From there its a plummet to the shores of the Grwyne Fawr reservoir and onwwards through Mynydd Du forest. The ride then climbs on gravel fire road before spitting you out on wild moorland below Crug Mawr.
Another whip-fast, swoopy descent over moorland track and woodsy switch-backs returns you to Llanbedr village. Descend on country lanes back to Crickhowell.