The Brecon Beacons national park covers over 1,300 square kilometres and is home to a rich and varied landscape. We know you’ll want to see as much as you can during your visit. One of the best ways to get the most out of your time in the Beacons is by bike, with plenty of trails just waiting for you to explore.
Plan a day’s adventure or arrange a full cycling trip, covering lots of ground and discovering all the glory of the Brecon Beacons. Whether you’re a family looking for some physical activity or an avid cycler preparing to ride on new terrain, there’s something for everyone here.
If you don’t have suitable equipment of your own, you can find plenty of local rental companies around the Brecon Beacons. They can set up anything you like, from a single day’s hire to a full week’s schedule and equipment.
Family-friendly cycle routes in the Brecon Beacons
Are you travelling as a family, or just looking for some super-safe cycle routes to ride around for the afternoon? Here are some of the best traffic-free bike paths in the national park.
Usk Reservoir trail
This two-hour bike ride covers ten kilometres around the Usk Reservoir. It should be suitable for ages five and over. Head to the reservoir car park and follow cycle trail marks around the water’s edge.
Garwnant Forest trails
This eight-kilometre woodland ride takes around an hour and a half, making it a perfect choice if you’re cycling with little ones. Start at the Garwnant Forest Centre and follow cycle trail marks through the woods. There’s also a children’s play area and café available here.
Mountain biking routes in the Brecon Beacons
The Beacons are home to some of the best mountain biking terrain in Wales, with everything from fast descents to gentle off-road options. Stop for a break and take in the glorious scenery all around you, then dive straight back into your adventure!
There are five main mountain biking hubs in the Beacons, so start your adventure from one of these spots:
When mountain biking in a national park, it can be best to bring a guide along to show you the way. With a local professional guide, you’ll be able to enjoy the scenery and adventure without worrying about directions. If you’re happy to find your way, pick up a guidebook or map to follow along.
Choosing a hotel near the Brecon Beacons
When you’re planning a cycling trip to the Brecon Beacons, you’ll want to find suitable accommodation you can trust. We have a selection of Accor hotels just a stone’s throw from the national park, in Swansea, Cardiff, and Newport, so you can choose an option that’s close to your trails and get there in no time.
When you choose an Accor hotel, like a Mercure, Novotel, or ibis hotel in Wales, you can be sure of cleanliness and comfort from the very moment you arrive.