Well, it’s that time of my life again: to do Holyhead to Cardiff!
I attempted and succeeded just over four years ago, and decided to give it another shot. I am so excited, but I’ve literally got three weeks to organise everything that my father did for me last time.
So, I’m thinking of giving five days, Monday – Friday, for leisure’s sake. The only problem with this is that it’s gonna be a tad expensive with all those over-night stays, but thankfully I have grandparents living in mid-Wales who hopefully (I’m yet to ask) will give me and my mate free board and lodging. Yep, still not out of the nest quite yet.
Routes to Ride gives a recommended itinerary for the ride, splitting it into eight stages:
Stage 1: Holyhead to Caernarfon (41 miles).
Stage 2: Caernarfon to Porthmadog (29 miles).
Stage 3: Porthmadog to Dolgellau via Barmouth (35 miles).
Stage 3A: Porthmadog to Dolgellau via Trawsfynydd (29 miles).
Stage 4 : Dolgellau to Machynlleth via Corris (15 miles).
Stage 4A: Dolgellau to Machynlleth via Mawddach Trail and Tywyn (36 miles).
Stage 5: Machynlleth to Llanidloes via Dylife (24 miles).
Stage 6: Llanidloes to Builth Wells via Rhayader (32 miles).
To finish at Chepstow:
Stage 7: Builth Wells to Abergavenny via Glasbury and Gospel Pass (40 miles)
Stage 8: Abergavenny to Chepstow (27 miles)
To finish at Cardiff:
Stage 7: Builth Wells to Brecon via Talgarth (32 miles)
Stage 8: Brecon to Cardiff via the Taff Trail (55 miles)
I’m going to train it up to Holyhead from Cardiff at 5:10am – yep, that’s pretty insane, but there’s no changes and only £17. I’ve just booked the ticket with National Rail Enquiries, and they have a handy page explaining all the details of taking a bike on the train. According to the Train Companies page, Arriva Trains Wales allow cycles on for free:
Cycles are carried free of charge on all services subject to space being available. Cycle spaces may also be reserved on trains shown in timetables as seat reservations possible. This service is also free of charge. Cycles are not carried on Cardiff suburban services arriving in Cardiff between 07.30-09.00 or departing Cardiff between 16.00-18.00 Monday to Friday. Folding cycles are carried on all services if fully folded.
The only issue now is looking for good places to stay in or around Caernarfon, for dirt cheap.