New for 2015, our experience days combine hands-on foodie tutorials with some pedal-powered calorie-burning!

On Cheesy Riders, roll up your sleeves and join Monkland Cheese Dairy’sartisan cheese makers as they draw on 18 years experience to guide you through the highly-skilled process from start to finish.

Then enjoy a ploughman’s lunch in the dairy’s award-winning cafe before browsing Monkland’s farm shop, which stocks a variety of cheeses made on-site, including their famous ‘Little Hereford Cheese’, along with other local goodies, ciders, beers, apple juice, ice cream and more.

Finally, saddle up with a complimentary mini-hamper of take-home cheese for a 25-mile bike ride to Hay-on-Wye along the quiet country lanes through the famous Black and White villages and Herefordshire’s beautiful rural countryside.

The facts

  • Price: £110 per person / family of four (two adults / two children) £360.
  • Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.
  • Price includes transport from Hay-on-Wye to the dairy, bike hire, lunch, cheese-making, complimentary take-home cheese.
  • Cheesy Riders will be dropped off at the dairy by Drover Cycles, along with hire bikes, for a 9.30am start.
  • Participants need to be at least 14 years old and advance booking is required.

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Alternatively, try our Miller Experience and take a pedal-powered trip back in time to Talgarth’s beautifully-restored 18th century water mill.

Ride quiet country lanes with views of the Black Mountains from Drover’s HQ in Hay-on-Wye to Talgarth Mill – which featured on BBC documentary series Village SOS – and experience their ‘Miller Morning’, where you’ll learn about mill maintenance and mill some grain.

After tea/coffee and cake, pedal back to base – with a souvenir bag of flour to home-bake your own bread!

The facts

  • Price: £75 per person / family of four (two adults / two children) £200. Adult group bookings (4+) £65pp.
  • Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.
  • Price includes bike hire, mill tour, tea and cake, and a bag of flour to take home.
  • There is no minimum age limit.
  • Advance booking is required.

On either itinerary, for £15 per person extra, save your legs and go electric on one of our superb new Raleigh Motus e-bikes.