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The region offers countless opportunities for ramblers and hikers, but amongst the most famous must be the Wye Valley Trail, an attractive route following the course of the river Wye via Monmouth, Hereford, Builth Wells and Rhayader to the source deep in rugged and remote Hafren Forest. The Walk crisscrosses the border of England and Wales, running along dramatic limestone gorges, through the rolling countryside of Herefordshire and into the uplands of mid Wales.
Welcome to Red Kite Country, and the home of mountain biking.
The routes here demand a bit more than the average Sunday afternoon pedal, but the rewards are certainly worth it. Fantastic views that seem to stretch across the whole of Wales come after a few long uphill sections and they are followed by some eye-watering descents. If that sounds a bit scary, there’s some more mellow cycling along the reservoirs of the Elan valley.
It’s also one of the original mountain biking destinations - if you’ve never cycled off road, here’s the place to start.