Snowdonia, Borders & Southwest

England & Wales

Snowdonia, Borders & Southwest

England & Wales

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Snowdonia, Borders & Southwest
England & Wales

The best sights of Wales and Southwest England in just four days. Start wherever suits you.

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4 Day Self-Guided Tour

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The best sights of Wales and Southwest England in just four days. Start wherever suits you.
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We'll plan a fantastic route from your door to the start point of your choice along this 900 mile loop which takes you from the South Downs to the Menai Straits and back again. From the ancient enigma of Stonehenge, through the coal fields that powered the industrial revolution, to the unspoilt natural beauty of Snowdonia, this tour reveals a different page of the rich story of Britain with each day.
  • Self Guided Tour
  • 4 Days
  • 900 miles
  • Location to suit
  • HIRE BIKE AVAILABLE
BEST TIME TO GO

March to October

Starting off along the A272, one of the UK's best biking roads and home to the famous Loomies, your route takes you to Salisbury Cathedral, where the Magna Carta as well as, quite possibly, the world's oldest clock can be seen. From here, you head to Stonehenge to ponder how the ancients raised the 25 tonne, 4 meter high megaliths into their current positions. Then head to historic Bath for your first overnight stay.

You'll enter into Wales the following day, on the iconic Prince of Wales Bridge that marks the end of the River Severn and the start of the Severn estuary. Crossing the entire country from south to north, you'll ride the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks, both showcasing some of Britain's finest motorcycling roads, before arriving in Conwy.

Historic Bath

With two nights in Conwy, you have the luxury of leaving panniers behind and taking a ride around the pristine ecosystem and Welsh cultural hub of the Llyn peninsula before visiting Porthmadog, where there is the opportunity to ride the spectacular Ffestiniog railway on its 13½-mile route from Porthmadog harbour to the slate-quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, often listed as one of the world's greatest railway journeys.

As you leave Conwy, pay a visit to the smallest house in Great Britain. At less than five and a half square meters, this tiny abode nestled in the city walls has made it into the Guiness Book of Records for its diminutive size! From Conwy, you'll cross the iconic Menai Bridge to Anglesey for a visit to Beaumaris Castle, looking back across the straits at the mainland. Don't forget to stop off at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Europe's longest place name and a perfect photo and souvenir opportunity.

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Finally, you head south again, riding the famous Horseshoe Pass back through Snowdonia to follow the border and cut through central Wales to the woodlands and limestone gorges of the charming Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Before, at last, England beckons and it's back home via the Cotswolds.

Ancient monuments and epic mountain roads. You'll see the best of two countries on this short tour to remember

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Tour highlights

Menai suspension bridge: Opened in January 1826 this bridge, designed by Thomas Telford to allow tall ships to pass beneath, replaced the ferry as a far safer way to cross the dangerous waters of the Menai Straits.

Wye Valley: Straddling the border of England and Wales, the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a landscape of woodlands and limestone gorges that follows the river Wye on its meander from the Welsh hills to the Severn Estuary.

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Ffestiniog steam railway: Operated by the Festiniog Railway Company, the oldest surviving railway company in the world, this narrow gauge heritage railway climbs over 700 feet from sea level into the mountains on its journey from Porthmadog harbour to Blaenau Ffestiniog slate quarry.

Alpine Snowdonia: Dramatic and rugged Snowdonia is home to all of Wales' 3000ft mountains, making it a popular destination for climbing and walking alike. It also boasts the wettest spot in the UK, so make sure your waterproofs are to hand! This is also where you will experience some of the best riding to be found in the British Isles.

Salisbury Cathedral: Well known as a leading example of early English gothic architecture, Salisbury Cathedral has the tallest church spire in the UK. The chapter house displays the best-preserved of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta.

Stonehenge: Dating back to around 3000 BC and with a story spanning millennia, the mystery and enigma of this most famous of ancient monuments has intrigued and inspired historians and archaeologists since the middle ages.

Salisbury Cathedral

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1 200 Miles

As a fantastic start to your trip, you will be riding the A272, one of the best biker’s roads in the UK! Then a visit to medieval Salisbury Cathedral and the ancient wonder of Stonehenge on route to your hotel in Regency Bath.

Day 2 230 Miles

Cross into Wales on the iconic Prince of Wales Bridge, and ride through the SAS training area, the Brecon Beacons. Cruise around the Coed-y-Brenin Forest and then ride through the Snowdonia national park and experience “Alpine Snowdonia”, on the way to your hotel in Conway.

Day 3 180 Miles

Ride the gorgeous unspoiled Llyn Peninsula this morning with its beautiful scenery and empty roads to Abersoch, and then on to Porthmadog. No trip to North Wales is really complete without riding the spectacular Ffestiniog steam railway to the old slate mines at Blaenau Ffestiniog. Then back over the hills again to your hotel in Conway.

Day 4 280 Miles

Cross Telford’s iconic suspension bridge to Anglesey, visit Beaumaris castle and stop for a photo in the village with Europe’s longest place name. Back through Snowdonia and over the famous Horseshoe Pass, before heading south and riding the gorgeous Wye Valley on your way back into England.

What's included
3 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels.
Excellent breakfast each morning.
Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS routes (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee and lunch stops.
What's not
Fuel.
Toll charges.
Admission charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drinks other than specified above.
Travel/Breakdown insurance.

Common questions about this trip

Where does this tour start from?

You can join the route at any point to form a loop from your house. Just let us know when you book which night’s stop would suit you best acting as night one of the trip.

When is the best time of year to do this trip?

May to September as a rule is the safest time to tour anywhere in the UK and Ireland although March, April and October can work with a dash of luck. It can be wet at any time of year but a sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips.

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For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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