Llani Leisure Llanidloes
Walking and Cycling
As Llanidloes nestles within the stunning scenery of picturesque mid Wales it is a perfect destination for walkers. To ensure your walking experience is completely enjoyable, we can supply you with clothing, footwear, accessories, maps/guide books – in fact just about anything to get those feet walking!
Cycling is an incredibly popular pastime for both residents and visitors in the beautiful surroundings of Llanidloes. Llani Leisure stocks a wide range of cycling clothing & accessories including route maps/guides, inner tubes, tyres, puncture repair materials, gloves, helmets.
Walking in mid Wales
Glyndwr's Way (Knighton to Welshpool, passing through Llanidloes) - distance: 135 m/217km
The 135 m/217km trail is a long distance walk which can be enjoyed as a continuous journey, typically taking around nine days, or over a series of weekend or day trips. Along the Trail are some of the finest landscape features in Wales including the tranquil Radnorshire Hills, the shores of the Clywedog Reservoir and heather clad Plynlimon.
Severn Way (Source of the River Severn taking in several counties & ending in Bristol) - distance: 223.9m/360.3Km
A long distance trail taking you from river source to the open sea. During its early stages this waymarked route winds down from the Pumlumon hills through the heart of the Hafren Forest, making its way through Llanidloes and onward amongst the beautiful Montgomeryshire scenery. If undertaking the whole route in stages, you would eventually complete in Bristol city centre.
Wye Valley Walk (Hafren Forest, Llanidloes to Chepstow) - distance: 136m/218km
Follows the River Wye through the Welsh-English borders from its source then as it meanders across Powys, Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire.
Sarn Sabrina Walk - distance: 25m/40km
The Sarn Sabrina Walk is both an annual one-day challenge walking event held on the last Saturday in May and a trail that can be walked over a number of days for you to savour the highlights that the route encompasses – Llanidloes, Llyn Clywedog, the Hafren Forest and the Source of the River Severn.
17 downloadable and printer friendly route descriptions and maps for you to make the most out of walking in Mid Wales. Available on llanidloes.com
The Hafren Forest
The Forest takes its name from Afon Hafren (River Severn) which rises in a deep, blanket-peat bog, 800m outside its boundary, high above, on the slopes of Pumlumon. Walks & facilities in the Forest include - All ability Cascades Walk*. Source of Severn Trail. Blaenhafren Falls Trail. Severn Break its Neck Trail. Riverside Picnic Sites. Toilets - Easter to October.
*The half-mile long Cascades Trail, which takes visitors along the River Severn to picturesque cascades, has 100m of boardwalk, fitted with a new anti-slip surface. The trail, which was designed in partnership with local disabled associations, is easy to follow with resting places and a raised platform, allowing people to sit and take in the view.
Sarn Sabrina Walk
Based on the Celtic myth of Sabrina, a water nymph said to inhabit the waters of the River Severn, we have created a 24 mile circular route called the Sarn Sabrina and a shorter 10.5 mile route called the Semi-Sabrina.
More information and link to entry form
Cycling in mid Wales
For road cyclists there are a number of routes available to explore the Llanidloes area:
Route 81: Lôn Cambria crosses the heart of Mid Wales between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. Distance: 113 miles
Route 8: Lon Las Cymru – North (Builth Wells to Holyhead via Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Criccieth, Caernarfon and Bangor.) Distance: 175 miles.
A number of local, attractive routes have also been established:
1. Hafren Forest and Llyn Clywedog (18 miles)
2. Machynlleth Mountain Road (42 miles)
3. River to Mountains (11 miles)
4. The Four Saints Rides (Full ride: 42 miles)
5. Seven valleys ride (13 miles)
6. Severn (Hafren) Valley Short Loop (4.5 miles)
7. The Severn (Hafren) River Loop (7 miles)
Available on llanidloes.com
Off-road cycling is allowed on forest roads and bridleways within the Hafren Forest.
Mountain biking is not permitted along Permissive Walks, like the Severn Way and Wye Valley Walk, and Forest Walks like the boardwalk.
For a really great mountain-biking experience, why not use Llanidloes as your base then try the world class mountain biking available less than half an hour away at Bwlch Nant yr Arian where you can try the Syfydrin, Pendarn & Summit Trails?
Similarly, a short drive to the nearby market town of Machynlleth will allow you to tackle the Mach 1, 2 & 3 cross country routes or the 15km-round Climachx bike trail
To book drop-offs for walking and cycling trips including luggage and bike forwarding.
Mucky Weekends Travel - 01686 412047 or 07752 345830
More information discovermidwales.co.uk [external website].