Are you new to cycling? Do you wonder where you can cycle safely and what the conditions are like? Why not try one of our routes? We specialise in short, mainly traffic-free excursions that utilise The National Cycle Network in the Southeast Valleys of Wales.

The Guardian Heritage Ride

Including: Llanhilleth to Six Bells
Distance: 4.7 miles (round-trip)
Travel Time: 1 - 2 hours
Ride Level: Beginner

Everyone in Wales should make the effort to see this magnificent tribute to the 45 coalminers who lost their lives in the colliery explosion at Six Bells in 1960. Second in scale only to the Angel of the North at Gateshead, the grace and power of this statue looking out across the valley is quite simply - spectacular.

The ride is easily accessible as it begins and ends at the Llanhilleth Train Station. The first mile begins on quiet lanes that snake through the neighborhoods of Llanhilleth and Aberbeeg. The second mile moves into a lovely wooded section that runs along a repurposed railroad line that takes you straight up to Six Bells and the monument.

As you approach, you can begin to see the top of the monument poking above the trees on your left. Soon you will find a lovely park for picnics with a heritage centre across the road with restrooms and a cafe. (note: all of which are managed by volunteers!)

The entire route is virtually flat and suitable for cyclists of all ages and skills. The approximate travel time is 1 to 2 hours (which could be longer depending on how much time you spend lingering in the Heritage Centre or just meandering around.)

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ROUTE COLOUR KEY:  Traffic-free  Shared Use  Quiet Road  Steep Hill

The Guardian Heritage Ride
Location: Llanhilleth Print Map & Route Card:
Distance: 4.7 mi. (round-trip) COMING SOON!
Skill Level: Beginner
Approx. Time: 1 - 2 hrs.
Elevation Gain: +199 ft. / -198 ft.
Max. Grade: 5.9%
Avg. Grade: 0.1%

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