If you’re looking for a direct off road route through Wales, this is not for you; instead this route meanders through the country to seek the best riding Wales has to offer. As they say, Wales never fails!
This is Land’s End to John O’Groats with a difference; forget going direct, and forget sticking to tarmac; the GB Divide traces a route through England, Wales and Scotland to deliver the very best off road riding that Great Britain has to offer, from techy singletrack, wide gravel roads, mucky byways, quiet rural lanes and everything in between.
While the total route covers around 1,242 miles (2,000 km), here we’ve split the task into four, with this Welsh stage being the second. In this Collection you’ll find four stages totalling 229 miles (368km), which take you from the Severn Bridge at Chepstow in the south east to the northern borders near Chester in the north west, via the Brecon Beacons, Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia National Park.
The route is raced annually as ‘GBDURO’, an enduro style endurance race comprised of four stages spanning the entire length. For more about GBDURO, visit theracingcollective.com/gbduro. Both the route and the race were founded and are now run by The Racing Collective.
The ideal bike choice for riding the GB Divide is a tough one; while there are many paved lane sections that would favour a faster drop bar gravel bike, there are also some tricky, more technical parts that would favour a rigid or even hardtail mountain bike. In some parts you will have no other option but to walk, especially when you take bikepacking luggage into consideration.
You’ll find the start at Chepstow easily accessible by train, with a train station in the town, as well as one in Cefn-y-bedd where you finish, located between larger towns of Wrexham and Chester.
So if you think you’re ready to take on the length of Great Britain along this spectacular meandering route, the GB Divide is for you. Good luck!
Head to parts 1, 3 and 4 here:
Read more about the GB Divide route here: gbdivide.net
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