|The Sarn Helen Trail Route Companion Pack
Sarn Helen is the most ambitious off-road ride in Britain
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
of trail expertise,
and endorphin-enhanced enjoyment from your body.
Sustrans took years putting in place a roughly parallel route.
Their ticklish problem was having to traverse the tortured
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
Wales 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.
- Start: Conwy
- Finish: Worms Head
- Distance: 270
- Duration: 7
- Split to day rides: in sections
- Rail access: Conwy,
Machynlleth, Builth Wells, Neath, Swansea