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The Trans Cambrian Way Day 1

By Dave Roberts   

on February 9, 2012    No ratings yet.

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The Trans Cambrian Way Day 1

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Route Summary:

Route Start Location:

50.58 km 1171 m

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Mountain Biking

Summits and Places on this Route


none noted


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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The Trans Cambrian Way Day 1 Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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The Trans Cambrian Way Day 1

The trail starts in Knighton just about on the English side of the border and crosses the Cambrian Mountains all the way to Dyfi Junction, so you can use the Cambrian line to travel between the start and end.

The first leg is from Knighton to Rhaeadr Gwy (Rhayader) and covers 50km with over 1000m of ascent. You can see on the elevation profile below that this one’s a leg burner, with the trail crossing the 500m contour line a fair few times today. Ending the day in Rhaeadr Gwy, at least you’ll have plenty of accommodation and pubs to choose from. If you’ve red any Jasper Fforde then you may or may know that this is the not too obvious setting for the  Shades of Gray novel.

The Trans-Cambrian Way is a proper mountain bike trail. If you want a route that’s not a manufactured, waymarked trail and prefer your days to involve a bit of navigation then this is an ideal trail. Note we said the plural of Day – this is a three day route for the fit, two days (or even one!) for the elite and five or six days for mere mortals.

The links below have a couple of well written articles about this route which are well worth reading as an armchair mtbiker or for planning the route.

The Route

For more information follow the link to this page –  here – where there’s a route guide and a few magazine offprints that are worth perusing.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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