Talgarth

Located on the northeast of Brecon, Talgarth has a lot of outdoor activities to offer, including mountain biking. The bike routes here are the most challenging.

Llangors & Bwlch At 38.6km (24 miles) long, this red route starts with the first half as mostly off-road. From Cwm Siencyn, you’ll climb to the top of Cefn Moel before descending into the village of Bwlch. From Bwlch, you’ll ascend to the narrow ridge of Allt yr Esgair and the Iron Age hill fort, before you descend again on a narrow path to Pennorth, and then back to Talgarth.

Foothills of the Black Mountains This red trail is 32.2 km (20 miles) long and briefly climbs out to Talgarth, taking you into the foothills of the Black Mountains. As you travel along the lanes and recessed roads, Y Dâs and Twmpa tower above you. After you pass through Felindre Village, a challenging climb awaits you before you meet the final off-road section. Then you’ll descend back into Talgarth.

Grwyne Fawr Reservoir The only black route (51.5 km, 32.0 miles long) in the Brecon Beacons, this path ascends to around 700m. This very open path takes you out of Talgarth to the top of Y Dâs. After reaching the top, you’ll enjoy a beautiful descent past Grwyne Fawr Reservoir and down to Mynydd Du Forest. You’ll then use the country lanes and ride through the forest.

You’ll take a quite steep descent past the church at Ffynon Ishow, and then climb back up to the cairn located at the ridge top at Pen Trumau. As you descend to Talgarth, you’ll take smooth grassy lanes and tracks and then make one last big climb to the base of Castell Dinas.

Although this route can be ridden in reverse, traversing the descent of Y Dâs should only be taken by the most expert riders.