Wales has some truly amazing roads which simply have to be explored and ridden. From the rolling valleys to the spectacular and un-spoilt remoteness of central Wales, to the magnificence that is Snowdonia National Park, a region in northwest Wales, covering a total of 823 square miles. Wales is a motorcyclist dream come true.
An 8 day tour of Wales (7 overnight stays) is planned for 10th to 17th June 2023. There will be 8 places available to members, on a first come, first served basis. Route plans will be separately published. Tour mileage expected to be in the region of 1350 / 1400 miles.
How to Book – E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 1st March 23 on a first come- first served basis. When confirming each member’s tour booking, a £50 deposit per hotel will be required (£150) with each tour booking, with the balance due at a date to be further advised when detailing hotel payment arrangements, including each hotel’s cancellation T&Cs.
Itinerary as follows:
Hotel B&B accommodation has been arranged and confirmed for 8 persons, based on single occupancy in either en-suite double or twin rooms in the following hotels:
Days 1 and 2: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June:
Cain Valley Hotel, High Street, LLanfyllin, SY22 5AQ. The Hotel has a bar and a restaurant, serving breakfast & dinner, free Wi-Fi and on-site, covered secure parking for bikes. Llanfyllin is a market town in Montgomeryshire, Powys. Wales. It is an area of Wales of outstanding beauty and is surrounded by brilliant roads for riding a bike.
Hotel accommodation confirmed / reserved: 7 Double en-suite double rooms, 1 en-suite twin room – all single occupancy, at £75 ppn B&B group rate.
Days 3, 4 and 5: Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th June:
The Hand Hotel, Bridge Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8PL. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant serving breakfast & dinner, free Wi-Fi and on-site secure parking for bikes. Llangollen is situated on the River Dee. It has a riverside location which forms the edge of the Berwyn range and the Dee Valley section of the Clwydian range, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Llangollen is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hotel accommodation confirmed / reserved: 8 en-suite Double Rooms at £95 ppn.
NB: DWDAM members have stayed in this hotel on pervious tours to Wales.
Days 6 and 7: Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June:
Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws, Powys, SY17 5SF. Maesmawr Hall Hotel is a 16th century Tudor Manor House located in the Severn Valley, in the heart of mid Wales. It is a well established family run business. The hotel has a bar and restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, free on-site parking for bikes.
Hotel accommodation confirmed / reserved: 5 small en-suite Double Rooms for single occupancy at £85 ppn B&B group rate (Coach House). 3 standard Double Rooms for single occupancy at £110 ppn B&B group rate (Main House). The hotel has a bar and a restaurant serving breakfast & dinner, free Wi-Fi and on-site secure parking for bikes.
Brief outline of the daily itinerary:
Day 1 – Saturday 10 June: Destination: Cain Valley Hotel, Llanfyllin, Powys, SY22 5AQ.
ETD 0900 – Tesco Superstore car-park, DT1 2RY, Dorchester, for Llanfyllin -approx mileage: 226. Aiming to arrive at the Cain Valley Hotel for 1700. Dinner booked for 1930.
Day 2 – Sunday 11 June:
ETD 0930 after breakfast for an all day tour of Snowdonia, Gwynedd and Denbighshire. Aim to return to the Cain Valley Hotel for 1700. Dinner booked for 1930.
Day 3 – Monday 12 June: Destination: The Hand Hotel, Bridge Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8PL.
ETD 0930 after breakfast and check-out from the Cain Valley Hotel. The route will be a cross country route to LLangollen via Bala, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Betws y Coed, Denbigh Moors, Denbigh, Ruthin, Horseshoe Pass, aiming to arrive in Llangollen 1700. Coffee stops and lunch en-route etc will be planned. Evening dinner can be taken either in the hotel or out at the local Corn Mill Restaurant.
Days 4 and 5 – Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June:
ETD 0930 after breakfast on both days for two days of touring mid Wales, Snowdonia, Anglesey, Llyn Peninsula. Coffee stops, lunch en-route etc will be planned. Aim to return to Llangollen for 1700 each evening. As for Day 3, evening dinner can be taken either in the hotel or out at the local Corn Mill Restaurant.
Day 6 – Thursday 15 June: Destination: Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws, Powys, SY17 5SF.
ETD 0930 after breakfast & check out from The Hand Hotel, Llangollen, for a tour into mid and west Wales. Coffee stops, lunch en-route etc will be planned. Aim to arrive for 1700 at the Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws. Dinner booked for 1930.
Day 7 – Friday 16 June:
ETD 0930 after breakfast for a tour of Powys, Brecon Beacons National Park, including the fabulous A483 Newton to Crossgates. Coffee stops, lunch en-route etc will be planned. Aim to return to the Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws, for 1700. Dinner booked for 1930.
Day 8 – Saturday 17 June:
ETD 1000 following breakfast and check-out for the return ride to Dorchester. Details of the proposed route back to Dorchester will be separately published when finalised but expect a ride of approx 230 miles, aiming to arrive back in Dorchester by 1800. Refueling, coffee, comfort and lunch stops will be planned for the return route.
This promises to be a great motorcycling tour, no matter if it’s your first time touring Wales or you have been many times in the past – it never fails to deliver fantastic riding experience and enjoyment, plus wonderful tour camaraderie.
It’s an 8 day tour, 7 nights overnight accommodation, all B&B inclusive, single occupancy but all in en-suite double rooms throughout. The full 7 nights, B&B inclusive cost is £605 (averages at £86 approx a night) or £665 (averages at £95 a night) if occupying one of the 3 standard en-suite double rooms at The Maesmawr Hall Hotel, Caersws.
The maximum of number of tour places available is 8. This is because it has proved a real challenge identifying good hotels, in the right locations, not overly expensive, with en-suite double rooms available for single occupancy (but without occurring excessive costs), breakfast included, with free Wi-Fi, in-house bar and restaurant able to provide dinner each evening, and just as important, safe, secure on-site parking for bikes. Some hotels only had ‘box type rooms’ available for single occupancy, some with a shard bathroom – naturally I declined.
Persistent paid off and I managed to identify 3 good hotels, with all 3 offering group rates (cheaper than normal residential B&B rates).
NB: It may be possible to increase the number of places available by 4, but this would have to be on a shared twin room or a pillion plus partner sharing a double room, with all 3 hotels able to offer additional accommodation to match the tour numbers.
Those who wish to join the tour are requested in the first instance to notify Brian Purnell (contact details shown below), on a first come, first served basis, no later than Wednesday 1st March 2023. Thereafter, I will collectively follow up with each tour member advising them on hotel accommodation payment arrangements. As a heads up, when confirming each member’s tour booking, a £50 deposit per hotel will be required (£150) with each tour booking, with the balance due at a date to be further advised when detailing hotel payment arrangements, including each hotel’s cancellation T&Cs. Further info on this arrangement to follow.
NB I have secured hotel accommodation at all 3 hotels using a personal credit card.
7 Night’s hotel single occupancy in either en-suite double or twin room accommodation in good quality hotels.
Excellent breakfast each morning.
Detailed daily route plans and maps.
GPs Routes (Garmin & Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights and suggested coffee and lunch stops.
Free bike secure parking at the 3 selected hotels
Free Wi-Fi at the 3 selected hotels.
Occasional parking charges.
Admission charges should any arise.
Meals and drinks other than specified above.
Travel / Breakdown Insurance.