Where to go mountain biking
In the Brecon Beacons, we have several biking hotspots which make the perfect base for a mountain biking break.
The towns and villages of Brecon, Crickhowell, Sennybridge, Talgarth and Talybont-on-Usk are all mountain biking, walking and adventure activity hubs. Each has something slightly different to offer, but they all have bike shops, bike hire facilities and some great places to stay, eat and drink.
Brecon, Sennybridge and Talybont-on-Usk are all good choices for newcomers to the sport, while Crickhowell and Talgarth have access to mountain bike trails which are gnarly enough to appeal to expert riders.MTB Brecon Beacons mountain bike route maps are available from our visitor information centres and our online shop.
The town of Brecon, just north of the Brecon Beacons, is a natural focus for the Central Beacons region.
One route suitable for all mountain bikers, from novices to start from this area.
In Brecon, you'll find bike shops offering kit, repairs and hire, plus good places to eat and drink, evening entertainment and accommodation.
Mountain bike route near Brecon
MYNYDD ILLTUD BRECON GREEN
A Brecon Beacons easy triangular route starting from the National Park Visitors Centre. A straightforward route on common land, flatfarm tracks and undulating roads, with stunning views across to Corn Du, Pen y Fan and the Central Beacons throughout .This route canbe tackled either clockwise or anti-clockwise, but these instructions are for the clockwise route.
7.5 km with less than 100m of ascent.
Crickhowell offers visitors a welcome out of all proportion to its modest size.
The town offers a wide range of watering holes, some of which are said to be haunted.
There's an exciting mountain bike route to explore.
Mountain bike routes near Crickhowell
USK VALLEY TOUR CRICKHOWELL BLUE
This is a relatively easy route starting from the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre (CRiC). If you are new to mountain biking or want to take the family on an adventure this is the ride for you. Featuring quiet country lanes, tracks, the Monmouth and Brecon Canal tow path and great views of the Black Mountains to the north.
14 km with 350m total ascent, all climbs are on tarmac.
THE MYNYDD DU FOREST CRICKHOWELL RED
A challenging route starting from the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre (CRiC) that will take you on a tour of the lower Grwyne Fawr valley and the Mynydd Du forest. Pause to take in the views at Dial Garreg (The Revenge Stone) where in 1135 Richard de Clare, a Norman knight was
ambushed and killed by men of Gwent.
37 Km route with 1200m of ascent
With red kites overhead, stunning scenery and uncompromisingly rugged terrain, this region will not disappoint.
Three routes from simple to fairly severe make maximum use of the biking potential.
There's also a range of accommodation to suit all, including quality bunkhouses, bed and breakfast, and self-catering cottages.
Mountain bike routes near Sennybridge
USK RESERVOIR GREEN LOOP
The route starts at the Usk Reservoir dam near the source of the River Usk and offers spectacular views up onto the buttresses of Bannau Sir Gaer (the Carmarthen Fans) to the south. This is an easily navigated route on forest tracks and tarmac roads, it includes a small number of short sharp(ish) climbs may make it a little challenging for complete beginners.
Distance - 11.5 km Total Ascent c.240m
CWM TREWERYN SENNYBRIDGE BLUE
Starting in the village of Sennybridge 8 miles West of Brecon on the A40, this route shares its start and finish with Sennybridge Red. This route however is much kinder on the legs and lungs with only one significant climb and the tracks are notably less technical. You can look forward to taking in fine views Fan Frynich with the Central Beacons massif beyond.
14.5 km on a mixture of track and road and a total climb of 350m.
SARN HELEN SENNYBRIDGE RED
Starting in the village of Sennybridge 8 miles west of Brecon on the A40. This is a challenging route by anyone’s standards and will incorporate Sarn Helen, the roman road which runs the length of Wales. It is technical in places and can be exposed in bad weather, whilst this is tough it will reward the rider with great views in every direction and a real sense of achievement when you reach the finish!
28 km with a total ascent of nearly 800m
Talgarth, northeast of Brecon, is surrounded by premium mountain biking country and first class outdoor activity centres, making this a perfect destination for a multi sports break.
The two routes in the region are a proper hardcore mix, including the Black Mountains Classic, 55 Kilometers of extreme level riding.
Mountain bike routes near Talgarth
TLA. MYNYDD TROED, LLANGORSE AND THE ALLT. TALGARTH RED
This route starts in Talgarth Car Park and is a Challenging loop via Bwlch and around Llangorse Lake, with a good deal of ascending around Mynydd Troed, Llangors and the Allt. Going is reasonable with a few minor technical sections and some great single-track sections if the bracken is not too high. The route offers spectacular views of Llangorse Lake and the Usk valley.
33 km with 900m of ascent
THE BLACK MOUNTAIN BLITZ TALGARTH BLACK
This route starts in Talgarth Car Park (or start this route from Crickhowell at CP8) and is a big day out by anyone’s standards. It includes some epic climbs, white-knuckle descents and some great single-track sections. Taking in the heart of the Black Mountains range this route offers spectacular views of the National Park from several vantage points.
55 km dogs tooth of a route with nearly 2000m of ascent and descent.
The region around Talybont-on-Usk appeals to cyclists of all abilities as both the Taff Trail and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath pass through it.
With four routes from novice level to a challenging 34km figure of eight loop, there’s riding to suit all from this charming village.
A trio of pubs and the Talybont Stores Café offer refreshments. There's also a range of accommodation in and around the village.
Please use the car park at Henderson Hall, Penpentre, if you intend to leave your car all day. There is an honesty box for your contribution.
Mountain bike routes near Talybont-on-Usk
THE TWO GAPS TALYBONT BLACK
A Brecon Beacons classic route in the heart of the National Park taking in two mountains passes, Bwlch y Glasgwn (Blue Valley Pass) high above the Talybont Reservoir and the famous Bwlch ar y Fan, better known as the Gap Road. This is a big day out, with big views to match, if you are staying in Brecon you can start this route from Waypoint 13.
41 km of serious mountain biking, climbing to a maximum height of 600m.
TO THE RESERVOIR TALYBONT GREEN
A pleasant cycle from Talybont Village to the Reservoir, which supplies water to built-up areas in the lower Usk valley. Starting on the Brynore horse-drawn tram road which linked the canal to Tredegar iron works and Trefil limestone quarries. This route can easily be ridden in both directions with only relatively gradual gradients encountered.
These instructions are for an 8 km clock wise route with under 100m of climbing.
TALYBONT FORESTS TALYBONT BLUE
This route will explore the forest blocks around the Talybont Reservoir, although a blue route in distance be aware there are a couple of technical descents. It incorporates a gentle yet bumpy climb up the Brynore Tram Road, followed by the first cheeky descent, it then crosses to the western side of the valley to repeat the process, although the climb this time is steeper it is on tarmac.
22 km and 700m of ascent
THE PONTSTICILL CROSSOVER TALYBONT RED
This is a classic figure-of-eight route which incorporates Bwlch Glasgwm, (Blue Valley Pass) from both directions and also three great descents. The moorland sections can be difficult to navigate especially during poor visibility, look out for the ‘Inscribed Stone’, adorned in Latin and Ogham runes (If you can find it).
36 km route rising to over 500m above sea level twice!