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The Brecons and Black - mountain biking in the Beacons

The Brecons and Black - mountain biking in the Beacons

Mountain Biking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

21:46 h

140 mi

17,750 ft

The Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains are home to some truly fantastic riding, but they are often considered somewhat confusing. For one thing, there’s a Black Mountain on the west side of this large range of hills and the Black Mountains (which geographically seem slightly smaller) on the east. The Brecon Beacons sit in the middle. Even more confusingly, the whole lot, Brecons and both Blacks, fall inside the Brecon Beacons National Park, and so can justifiably be referred to as the ‘Brecons’. It's enough to make your head spin.

But disregarding such etymological bafflements, the riding really is awesome. It shares some characteristics with the riding to the north in Snowdonia as well as further south in places such as the Quantocks and Exmoor. There are long, grinding climbs, white-knuckle descents, smooth and easy going trundles as well as hell-for-leather routes, all under the glorious (if frequently wet) skies of South Wales.

Some of these routes offer little in the way of respite if the weather does turn, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and take spares, snacks and waterproofs with you; while there are few actual honest-to-goodness mountains, the weather can turn on a sixpence. But many of the Tours are rideable in all weathers, if you’ve got the enthusiasm and (importantly) the legs!

South Wales is easily accessible from the majority of the UK via the M5 and M50 (head to Ross on Wye and keep on going), or from the M4 if you’re coming from the south. The best place to use as a base is probably Abergavenny for its accessibility (it’s the closest to the motorway, and it’s the only place in the area with a train station. Brecon itself is a little harder to get to, but if you want to start riding from your doorstep then Talgarth is a great spot.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Intermediate
    03:08
    22.0 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Riding the Gap is probably a rite of passage for mountain bikers to the Brecons - you can't really consider yourself a veteran Brecons rider until you've done it. There …

  • Difficult
    06:21
    37.6 mi
    5.9 mph
    6,000 ft
    6,000 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Not to mince words, but this is a huge ride. If you fancy some epic riding, some Alpine - like ascent meterage and white-knuckle descents, then this is the route …

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    22.6 mi
    6.0 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,550 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This is a ride which takes in perhaps some of the lesser-known aspects of riding in the Brecons and the Black Mountains, as it circles Llangors Lake.

    Although a lot …

  • Intermediate
    02:18
    14.1 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Nay-sayers may try to tell you that Blorenge isn't even in the Peak District, but a quick look at the map will disabuse them of that notion. You may have …

  • Easy
    01:12
    9.01 mi
    7.5 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This is an easy spin starting from Crickhowell, which is good for a post-prandial pedal, or a family ride. There is a small climb at the very beginning, but there's …

  • Intermediate
    02:52
    21.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This ride is a bit of an epic. It’s a full day out with plenty of ups and downs to enjoy, although all those hills are spread out over quite …

  • Intermediate
    02:11
    13.9 mi
    6.4 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Talybont on Usk is the starting point for a variety of awesome riding. This Tour is no exception, including as it does some cracking descents, some stiff climbs and a …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    140 mi
  • Duration
    21:46 h
  • Elevation
    17,750 ft

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