8 things we learnt from riding the 100-mile Trans-Cambrian Way through Wales

The A to B gravel trail in mid-Wales has a luscious mix of compact fireroad gravel, grassy hilltops as well as pristine lakes and reservoirs

Stefan Abram cycling along the Trans Cambrian Way
(Image credit: Anna Abram)

If the Trans Cambrian Way isn’t already on your bucket list, it really should be. The 100 mile off-road route winds its way from the Welsh-English border in the east, off towards the Irish Sea on Wales’ west coast - and right through the heart of Wales’ rugged Cambrian mountains.

Or rather, ‘mountains’. Thanks to the ravages of time, the highest peak in the range is only 752 metres, so not technically a mountain - even though that is what they are known as.

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Anna Marie Abram
Fitness Features Editor

I’ve been hooked on bikes ever since the age of 12 and my first lap of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit in the bright yellow kit of the Hillingdon Slipstreamers. For a time, my cycling life centred around racing road and track. 

But that’s since broadened to include multiday two-wheeled, one-sleeping-bag adventures over whatever terrain I happen to meet - with a two-week bikepacking trip from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia being just the latest.

I still enjoy lining up on a start line, though, racing the British Gravel Championships and finding myself on the podium at the enduro-style gravel event, Gritfest in 2022.

Height: 177cm

Weight: 60–63kg