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Cycling in Brecon

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On a slight detour from ncr 81 a cyclist indulges in a little gricing at Welshpool Raven Square station; the driver is preparing his locomotive for the trip along to Llanfair Caereinion with an afternoon train. ... [more]

The towpath of the Montgomery Canal affords a peaceful ride along ncr 81 between Newtown and Welshpool. Here at Brynderwen Wharf, the partially restored canal is in-water and home to diverse flora, including these rather fine water-lilies ... [more]

There are lots of bridleways in Carmarthenshire, for some historical reason I suppose.

There are lots of bridleways in Carmarthenshire, for some historical reason I suppose. I don't think I'd bother taking a bike on this one.

There are lots of bridleways in Carmarthenshire, for some historical reason I suppose.

Gorgeous and almost traffic-free route over the Abergwesyn Pass into Carmarthenshire

Trallwm mountain biking centre - the reception/café (at left) has closed, so just ride the trails and have fun.

NCN route 43 leaving Builth Wells

Rather overwhelmed - sign for NCN route 43 in Builth Wells

NCN route 43 entering Builth Wells


The big clumps of moss on the side of these forestry paths are what the Norwegians call 'Trolls'.

Big cattle grid on these forestry roads.

Fairly rough terrain here - only for mountain bikers.

Warning of two new horse stiles that have been added to this track - in an effort to deter motorcycling.

The National Cycle Museum

The 1925 Tour de France looked like it really did what it said on the tin!

A 1928 bicycle made by Halfords of Birmingham.

Woman at the front tandem. When women started riding bikes it was considered inappropriate for the woman to be behind the man, so this one has a lady frame at the front but has to share the steering which can be controlled by the man at ... [more]

The story of Billie Dovey / Fleming who died in May 2014 just over 100 years old. She still holds the record for the woman to have cycled the furthest in a year, in 1938.

One of the very first folding bikes - as used by paratroopers during the Normandy landings.

Tall bikes are nothing new. This belonged to a 90 year old!

Stop me and Buy one ice cream bikes in the National Cycle Museum.

A warning of killer hills inside the wonderful national cycle museum, Llandrindod Wells.

The National Cycle Museum is housed in this former 'automobile palace'. It has a wonderful collection of bicycles cataloguing the development of cycling.

This former motor dealership is a grade 1 listed building in Llandrindod Wells. There is a wonderful cycle museum in another 'automobile palace' not far away, see #60556.

Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells on NCN825

Clive Powell bike shop in Rhayader.

The Wye Valley Walk. At the many gates along here the advice is to leave gates as you find them.

On this track, the Wye Valley Walk, which is not really for cycling, these motorway crash barriers have been used to aid drainage. I think they are known as Armco barriers. ... [more]

A group of us walkers meet a party of cyclists.


Information about the route ahead - an ancient coach road.

Useful information board - mentioning James Watt (inventor of the steam engine) - who lived near here.



Rhayader has a lively high street of small shops and is on NCN825 - the Radnor Ring.


Wide variety of bikes for hire at the Elan Valley visitors centre - for a ride around the reservoir.

Dolau station is immaculately maintained - and I just missed getting a photo of two sheffield cycle racks surrounded by potted plants.

The train driver puts his hand out of the window and pulls the blue string, and follows the instructions on the sign.

Map panel at Llandrindod Wells station.

A little bit of cycle parking is visible in Llandrindod Wells.

Abbey Cwm Hir

Signs for NCN route 8 and mountain-biking circuit

Sign to mountain-biking trails and Eco-Retreats near Corris

NCN route 8 between Machynlleth and the Centre for Alternative Technology

NCN route 8 from the new bridge to Machynlleth

New bridge on NCN route 8 outside Machynlleth

Limited cycle parking in Machynlleth

They're very friendly at the White Lion, but this is the nearest they have to a bike shed.

Mountain-bikers' bunkhouse, Machynlleth

Despite being the Welsh capital of mountain-biking, Machynlleth is not a particularly cycle-friendly town.

Missing dropped kerb on NCN route 82 entering Machynlleth

Shared-use path south/west from Machynlleth

Presumably a pedestrian or cyclist has been killed here, where the shared-use path makes a rather arbitrary crossing in the middle of a fast stretch of the A487.

Presumably a pedestrian or cyclist has been killed here, where the shared-use path makes a rather arbitrary crossing in the middle of a fast stretch of the A487.

Start of another short stretch of shared-use path

Viewpoint over the Dyfi (Dovey) estuary

Dead-end path to viewpoint over the Dyfi (Dovey) estuary

The shared-use path runs around the new lay-by.

The new shared-use path ends - and southbound cyclists have to dash across to the other side of the road.

Shared-use path by the improved A487 - welcome, but basically just a rest from riding in heavy traffic on the rest of the road.

Did I just cycle up that!

Couple of sheffield-style cycle racks outside the Nat West bank in Llanidloes

The road out of Llanidloes on NCN81

Looking along Short Bridge road into Llanidloes.

Route 81 signage

Short Bridge Road, Llanidloes, near the bridge over the Severn

Three sheffield-style racks along Long Bridge Road, Llanidloes

Stopping a colleague falling down a hole during road works to fit gas mains along Long Bridge Road, Llanidloes

Llanidloes high street.

Llanidloes high street.

Museum of Modern Art ? - this No Cycling sign seems rather larger and more mean spirited than usual.

The road around lake Vyrnwy

The road across the damn at Lake Vrynwy

Cycle hire place and cafe near the damned end of Lake Vyrwny

Photos made on a drive in Wales. Water in the road here.

Photos made on a drive in Wales

Machynlleth Millennium Bridge

Machynlleth Millennium Bridge and riverside route to Machynlleth town.

Glyndwr's Way in Machynlleth - cycling possible here.

Staff cycle parking at the Centre for Alternative Technology - the sign says these are to be replaced by a new display.

Cycle shed (mainly used by staff) at the Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth.

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