Welcome to our 3rd blog post... Well, as its now Spring we thought we'd blog about cycling and what mid Wales has to offer you.  It is widely known that cycling is one of the best ways for people to achieve good health and fitness and is a very popular form of tourist attraction. People who cycle regularly live longer than those who do not and lead healthier lives, so its no wonder that cycling holidays are so popular.  

Some market research sourced from Mintel states

"Despite being a niche market, demand for cycling holidays is set to reach new heights. Although 16% of adults (8 million) have already been on some kind of cycling holiday, as many as 12% have not been on one, but would like to do so in the future. This suggests that (6 million) Brits are on track to become first time cycling holidaymakers."
"Although fly and flop still dominates the mass market, many well-travelled and well-off consumers are growing bored with sun worship and are seeking more active experiences," comments Richard Cope.

"The growth of independent travel is creating a new breed of holidaymaker, who is resourceful, adventurous and hungry for a taste of authenticity away from the crowds. Cycling is a great way to explore the hidden secrets of a region, enjoy intimate contact with local culture and an opportunity for travellers to feel good about benefiting local economies," he adds."source: Mintel (http://bit.ly/HIXeIE)

If you are thinking about having a cycling holiday then include mid Wales in your plans because we have some of the most beautiful, scenic, and quality number of cycling routes in Wales. 

The county of Powys is located in the central and east of Wales and is the largest county, therefore we have a number of diverse and challenging cycling routes. The county is very mountainous making it a great place for hiking and mountain biking. Powys boasts the highest waterfall in the UK, Pistyll Rhaeadr, also four cave systems can be found within the area and six castles. For a sample of some of the fantastically stunning cycling routes this area of Wales has to offer then start with Guilsfield to Bala circle via Llanfyllin and Llangynog, Lake Vyrnwy to Bala Lake Loop, Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve Llanwddyn, Lake Vyrnwy to Llangadfan and Bwlch Y Groes, Llanfyllin to Hirnant and Vyrnwy Loop, Machynlleth Loop via Llanwrin Heol Pen'rallt, Newtown to Cefn Coch and Carno Loop. 

You will find these routes are a mixture of relaxing and not to challenging to those that are not for the faint hearted. If you want to know more and what we can do for you as accommodation providers to make your stay in mid Wales as easy and relaxing as possible then please contact us.

We can offer you quality accommodation, advice on where to cycle, what routes to take and provide safe and secure storage for your bikes and to top it all off, we are located in a remote location, out in the lovely countryside surrounded by quiet country lanes that are perfect for a leisurely cycle. If you wish to stay here for a full week or as a stop on a route through Wales please don't hesitate to ask. 

So if your planning a cycling holiday please don't discount Mid Wales as we are Britain's hidden little secret when it comes to quality cycling. More information is provided by Visit Wales @  http://tourism.powys.gov.uk/index.php?id=29.  And for information regarding different cycling events happening in our area then visit  the British Cycling website for event information http://bit.ly/HHqdrl. 

There is also a fantastic resource for cycling routes at this page http://www.cycle-route.com/routes/Powys-Routes-54.html.