The Trickster Prince

Matt Houlbrook: mobile historian; beard growing, head shaving; occasional cycling.

Holyhead to Hereford: a cycle touring journey

I’ve just got back to Oxford after spending a few days riding my bike from one end of Wales (almost) to the other. After a long year and a difficult few months I needed to get away so it was time to hit the open road. After a long train ride to Holyhead I slowly made my way south and east. For the most part I followed the Sustrans Lon Las Cymru route before swinging north to Hereford to meet up with my parents for a couple of days. Apart from a few torrential rain storms I got lucky with the weather and saw all the best that the Welsh mountains have to offer. It was far tougher than I was expecting; it was more remote than I was expecting–there were long stretches when it felt like I had the hills to myself; it was just as stunning as I was expecting though.

The headline facts and figures: 4 days / 251.93 miles / 20543 ft of climbing

The route (click through for the GPS tracks):

Day 1: Holyhead to Cricieth

Day 2: Cricieth to Machynlleth

Day 3: Machynlleth to Builth Wells

Day 4: Builth Wells to Torrington

I didn’t take many photographs: when you’re riding on your own there isn’t really a whole lot to photograph. I also prefer just to ride through the big hills rather than squeeze them into the lense of an iPhone. Here are a few though:


My bike: loaded and ready to go


My book: just in case in needed any more gruff masculine interiority en route.


A bleak beginning at Holyhead station and port.


Crossing the Menai Bridge and leaving Anglesey behind.


Obligatory nice cycle path photo


Traveling night with the Terra Nova Laser Comp




Barmouth and a bridge: what was it that Ruskin said?


Looking towards Cadair Idris


Big views from above Pennant and Staylittle


The open road calls and the clouds threaten


A beautiful bridge in Builth Wells


Bike homeward bound and waiting for a train


One comment on “Holyhead to Hereford: a cycle touring journey

  1. Pingback: Looking back on 2013 | The Trickster Prince

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