Trail centre: Natural – Brecon Beacons.
Length: The route that I rode was 31km (19.3 miles). As always the singletrack that represents the point of the ride is a good deal shorter.
Start point: Llangorse Lake at 129273 (51.93, -3.26) makes a good start point. There’s plenty of parking and a sense of charming superiority as you head off for an epic ride past all the families out to play at the lake.
Description: The possible route here features an excellent amount of singletrack over the hills. Starting from the lake head North and weave through the lanes to reach the Northernmost point of the access land around Mynydd Troed at 16430. Turn sharp right onto the bridleway that contours round the North Western shoulder of the hill, and ride for miles along excellent singletrack on typical Brecon Beacons packed red mud, crossing a road at one point and bearing right to continue your route along the edge of Mynydd Llangorse. After a short, varied, and mildly confusing section through forestry and fields, climb to a cairn and turn right for a blast across the top of Cefn Moel and a steep descent into Bwlch. Turn right and head out of the village towards the Welsh Venison Centre, and take a surfaced bridleway to left of the access track. Follow the bridleway over Allt yr Esgair – at which point hedge trimming debris ripped my drive train in half and I had to walk back. The second attempt to ride it avoided that particular issue, and the slog up onto the top of Allt yr Esgair was rewarded with a final excellent section of downhill. Then wind back through the lanes to Llangorse Lake and a huge slab of pink sparkly cake at the café.
Good stuff: The bridleway along the edge of the hills is brilliant, and goes on for miles.
Difficult stuff: The drop into Bwlch is a bit of a killer – loose, slippery and very steep.
Verdict: An excellent route to explore, ideally when the hedges have not been recently trimmed.