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The Sarn Helen Trail Route Companion Pack
The Sarn Helen TrailThe Sarn Helen is the most ambitious off-road ride in Britain with an Everest’s worth of climbing! This 3rd edition has been re-designed with new route directions, detailed mapping plus a new traffic-free route through Swansea. Based loosely on a roughly north-south ‘roman’ road of dubious parentage this awesome route will extract every last ounce of trail expertise, endurance and endorphin-enhanced enjoyment from your body.

Sustrans took years putting in place a roughly parallel route. Their ticklish problem was having Afon Rheidol, mid-Walesto traverse the tortured terrain of the Cambrian Mountains yet keep the biking within the bounds of a beginner. In the effort they circumnavigate Snowdonia, keep to road and forest fire roads and virtually quit off-road altogether in the south - we rough it in spectacular fashion, right to the very end - the tip of the Gower Peninsula at Worm’s Head.

Sarn Helen plaque - photo John RobertsWales is end-to-end mountains. So there’s precious little let-up in the height-gain department; 1200ft (365m) post-breakfast work-outs are the norm. Complete the Sarn Helen you'll enjoy a superb adventure that few can accomplish and earn big respect!

Left: Sarn Helen rider John Roberts took this photo and suggests a visit to the start point of the roman Sarn Helen at Canovium roman fort, Caerhun. Caerhun is on the A470, 4 miles south of Conwy and just a couple of miles south east of Rowen.

Price: $13.25 (£8.50 approx.)
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The route...
The Sarn Helen Trail route

  • Start: Conwy
  • Finish: Worms Head
  • Distance: 270 miles
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Split to day rides: in sections
  • Rail access: Conwy, Machynlleth, Builth Wells, Neath, Swansea