A Glaudax Cycle Tour
6 days of cycling
10,000 metres of climbing
Are you ready for the challenge?
Set off on Sunday morning from our base in the Chilterns for six days of gloriously scenic and challenging riding across the finest of English and Welsh landscapes, finishing back where you started on Friday evening.
In total you'll cover some 800 km (500 miles) with around 10,000 m of climbing. You will need a good level of cycle fitness to enjoy this Tour.
We are offering the Snowdonia Tour on the following dates in 2021, starting from Aldbury, near Tring in Hertfordshire:
Sunday 2 May – Friday 7 May
Sunday 30 May – Friday 4 June
Sunday 20 June – Friday 25 June
Sunday 18 July – Friday 23 July – 4 places remaining
Sunday 29 August – Friday 3 September
Sunday 12 September – Friday 17 September – sold out
The maximum group size is just 12 riders, assuring you of a highly personalised service from the moment you first contact us right through your Glaudax experience.
The 6-day schedule
Stage 1, Sunday: Aldbury to Tewkesbury
distance 139 km; climb 1,300 m
Arrive at our base – the popular Musette cycling café – nestled in the heart of the Chilterns, between 8am and 9am on the Sunday. We'll take your luggage, give you some breakfast and a briefing and set you off when you are ready. You will be following our GPS-mapped recommended route heading west across the Chilterns, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds to finish for the night at your hotel in Tewkesbury where we will be waiting for you with your luggage.
Night 1: The Royal Hop Pole, Tewkesbury
Stage 2, Monday: Tewkesbury to Rhayader
distance 134 km; climb 1,350 m
Head out across the Malvern Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to Ledbury and Hereford, then across the plains to cross the border into Wales at Hay-on-Wye – a good spot for lunch. From there it's a gentle climb up the Wye Valley all the way to your hotel in Rhayader.
Stage 3, Tuesday: Rhayader to Barmouth
distance 132 km; climb 2,000 m
A shorter but hillier day, up the stunning Elan Valley to Devil's Bridge Falls and via Machynlleth into Snowdonia. You will then follow the beautiful coast road through Aberdovey to the seaside resort of Barmouth where you will spend the night.
Night 3: Crystal House, Barmouth
Stage 4: Barmouth to Welshpool
distance 114 km; climb 1,950 m
Another hilly day as we venture into the remote heart of Snowdonia: Harlech, Trawsfynydd, Llanuwchllyn, Llanwddyn... Coastal, lakeside and mountain roads – you will ride them all today!
Night 4: The Royal Oak Hotel, Welshpool
Stage 5: Welshpool to Pershore
distance 122 km; climb 1,350 m
Cross the border back into England soon after breakfast, and up into the Shropshire Hills AONB before lunch in Ludlow or Tenbury Wells. The afternoon brings respite from the hills through the Teme Valley to Worcester and Pershore.
Night 5: The Angel Hotel, Pershore
Stage 6, Friday: Evesham to Aldbury
distance 131 km; climb 1,250 m
The final day of your Tour takes you back up and over the Cotswolds (on a different route from Stage 1) after which the going gets easier on the rolling tranquil lanes of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. A well-earned finishers meal will be ready for you back at the Musette Café – congratulations, you've completed Glaudax!