Trans Wales Trail Run

Trans Wales Trail Run

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Trans Wales Trail Run

5 Days Starting and ending in Knighton LD7, UK

Visiting: Knighton, Rhayader, Elan Valley, Afon Ystwyth, Aberystwyth

Tour operator:

Adventure Tours UK

Tour code:

06

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 10

Physical rating:

High

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing

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NB: Prices correct on 20-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Discover Wales like never before on this border to beach running holiday, leaving conventional travel behind as you cross the rugged open countryside of mid-Wales under your own steam. As the English border fades from view, immerse yourself in the wilds of Wales as you pass by the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey, Devils Bridge and Élan Valley reservoir to emerge into the coastal town of Aberystwyth, with its 13th century castle and Pen Dinas, an extensive Iron Age hill fort. This running holiday is no walk in the park, with 3 full days of running technical trails totalling 55 miles -this will be a true accomplishment. Tackle routes you have never attempted before under the guidance of Tim Higginbottom. A qualified UKA Fell & Trail Coach, Tim also held the Paddy Buckley Round record for 10 years and is the current Welsh Orienteering Champion.

Highlights

  • Three full days of trail running, guided by Tim Higginbottom

  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide

  • Daily luggage transfers and return journey to route start point

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Day 1 : Thursday

Location: Knighton

Accommodation: Lodge, Boutique

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Wales! Arrive in the market town of Knighton, straddling the Welsh-English border, ready to check into your accommodation from 16.00pm. There is good rail access to Knighton but if you require transfers from the airport, please do contact us to make arrangements prior to travelling.

Relax for the afternoon, put your feet up or perhaps take a stroll around Knighton town before your first day of trail running begins.

Your welcome meeting will take place at 18.00 followed by dinner for you and your fellow travellers at the hotel. How better to get to know each other while enjoying wholesome food and a few welsh beers.

Day 2 : Friday

Location: Rhayader

Accommodation: Lodge, Boutique

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Pull on your running shoes, after breakfast this morning you will be collected from your accommodation for the first day of your running holiday. Today is the longest run of your trip, totalling 22 miles, guided by Tim Higginbottom. This route will take you along the tops from Felindre to Rhayader through wild and remote countryside with stunning views.

Enjoy lunch en route as you pass through various small Welsh villages including the historic Abbeycwmhir and continue to the pretty market town of Rhayader.

Check into your accommodation and enjoy a relaxed evening as you wind down from your day, perhaps starting with a warm shower! Have dinner at one of the local pubs in Rhayader and settle in for the night.

Day 3 : Saturday

Location: Elan Valley

Accommodation: Lodge, Boutique

Meals Included: Breakfast

After a hearty breakfast to refuel and a kit check, today you’ll head out from the hotel for the next leg of your running holiday.

Your run is around 18 miles today and takes you on an ancient high level route which is said to have been developed to link communities of Cistercian monasteries in the 12th Century. This is truly wild country where self-sufficiency is paramount - you are unlikely to see anybody else as you cross this epic moorland area en route for Strata Florida.

Wildlife abounds up here away from any major settlements in the upper Elan Valley, but the combination of off-road terrain and potential weather could make this the most challenging day of your trip. Keep an eye out for red kites, goshawks and otters on your running holiday.

Day 4 : Sunday

Location: Afon Ystwyth, Aberystwyth

Accommodation: Lodge, Boutique

Meals Included: Breakfast

Head out from the hotel after enjoying a hearty breakfast and prepare for your final big day of trail running! Today’s route is less challenging on your weary legs as you make your way along a repurposed railway to your final destination.

The scenery may be different in the valley but it’s no less stunning, and you can enjoy the chance to cool off in the River Ystwyth en route. This is the shortest and flattest day of your running holiday, which you’ll likely appreciate by this point in your epic journey!

As you arrive in Aberystwyth, no border to beach journey would be complete without dipping your toes in the salty water! Then check into your final accommodation ready to enjoy a well-deserved warm shower, a cold pint and a wholesome meal to complete your challenging running holiday.

Day 5 : Monday

Location: Knighton

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to pack your things and say goodbye to your fellow trail runners as you enjoy your final breakfast. Check out is at 10.30am when you’ll be collected for your return transfer back to Knighton.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 nights boutique hotel accommodation on a shared basis (private rooms can usually be Accommodated if preferred - please enquire before booking)

  • Three full days of trail running, guided by Tim Higginbottom

  • Meals

    4 breakfasts and 1 evening meal

  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide

  • Daily luggage transfers and return journey to route start point

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Optional Extras

Accommodation

4 nights boutique accommodation on a shared basis (private rooms can usually be accommodated if preferred - please enquire before booking)

Check out our Q&As

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    GBP

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 6 people are booked. We’ll let you know at least 28 days in advance

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    You must be 18 years or over to join this adventure

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Accommodation details and directions will be provided following confirmation of your booking

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Single Supplement : £ 235

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    All of our accommodation is priced on a shared basis so, as a solo traveller we’ll match you up with a like-minded, same-sex travel partner. You’ll both benefit from avoiding unnecessary single supplement charges and you might just spark up a friendship that lasts beyond the length of your trip. if you do prefer to have your own private room, that can usually be accommodated. If it’s a room for on

  • What does 'fully supported mean?

    When we talk about fully-supported adventures, this means we’ve made everything as simple as possible for you. We take care of your accommodation for the duration of your trip and provide all the transport you need within the UK. We also make all the arrangements necessary for your chosen activities.

  • How many other people will be in my group?

    Typically our groups are between 8 and 15 people. Of course when we’re dealing with specific activities such as mountain biking or hiking, we always work within the recognised guiding ratios. So for example, our mountain bike adventures will never exceed 8 guests in total.

  • I'm making my own way to the start point of your tour. How do I know where to go?

    If you plan to arrive by train, please contact us for information on the closest main line station to your tour start location. You’re welcome to arrange your own transfers or we will make arrangements on your behalf if preferred. If you plan to drive and need a suitable location to leave your car, please contact our team for recommendations on the best location to head for.

  • Are you adventures suitable for children?

    Our adventure packages are all aimed at adults aged 18 years or over. This is partly because many activities have height or age restrictions and we found that trying to factor this in when crafting our experiences, limited what we could include. Our aim is to deliver the best of the best in each region, so we weren’t comfortable with compromising the activities we could offer.

Reviews of this operator

Sue Defoe  

Llangollen Hills

14-Sep-2022

A brilliant weekend in Wales hill running! Was apprehensive as I am the wrong side of 60 but Tim was an excellent coach and full of useful information and tips on techniques and nutrition. The hotel was excellent and the weather played it’s part! I would recommend this trip to others.

Colin Fox  

Had a great weekend in North Wales

11-Oct-2022

Had a great weekend in North Wales very well organised and great running guide in Tim . Food was excellent and weather was fabulous

Lauren  

I went on the surf/yoga retreat...

08-Sep-2022

I went on the surf/ yoga retreat in wales and it was the most refreshing and adventurous break I’ve had in a long time! We had an amazing host- Sarah who took care of us the whole trip. She was so personable and made us all feel very relaxed! The surf instructor Don was fabulous who took the time to help us battle the waves and the yoga instructor Remi was equally as great. It was a perfect balance of activity/ relaxation. St.David’s is also a lovely little place. The hotel was lovely, especially the breakfast:) I would definitely recommend this trip and will be booking with them again in the future! Thank you so much team!!

Adri Gordon  

I truly enjoyed the Wild Wellness Retreat in North Wales!

29-Jul-2022

I truly enjoyed the Wild Wellness Retreat in North Wales! Sarah and Hariette both worked very hard to make the adventure very memorable. The balance between yoga , Paddle boarding and foraging were perfect. The story telling by Fiona took me back to happy childhood memories. The food was delicious! I truly enjoyed the company of all the glampers and feeling blessed to meet such lovely people. Adventure Tours delivered an oppertunity to relax , experience new things and become one with nature! Big Thanks !

Tracy  

Glorious Welsh trails!

14-Sep-2022

My second private trail running weekend with Adventure Tours. This time we were a group of six. Another brilliant experience of fantastic hill running, great organisation and accommodation. Particular mention for our running guide, Tim for his expertise, support and unfailing patience, with great advice to take home and put into practice. We had a lot of fun on the ups and the downs. Hoping to do it all again next year!

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