The Real Ale Wobble

Llanwrtyd, Wales


Mountain biking


Organised annual event


1 day


November (annually)

Difficulty rating


What is The Real Ale Wobble?

The Real Ale Wobble (and Real Ale Ramble) are two events as part of the Annual Mid Wales Beer Festival held every year at Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales, UK.

The Real Ale Wobble is an event where participants cycle around the picturesque Welsh mountain terrain fuelled by occasional (aka regular) bouts of beer drinking.

Now clearly, Wildbase does not condone the combining of beer and bicycles, apart from this event.  Take away the ale, and you rather lose the essence of the Real Ale Wobble.


The Real Ale Ramble is a fun walk around the Welsh countryside. You have a choice of 15, 25 or 35 miles distances. Free beer is provided at checkpoints, so you need to make sure you don’t wander too far off the track.

Is It Tough?

As you can see from the video, the mountain biking has its challenges but nothing too extreme. The part of your body most at risk is your head, suffering the morning after.

Type of Event

This is mountain biking, and real ale drinking. Normally at separate times.

The scenery is superb, with routes through some of the most delightfully unspoilt mountains and forestry in this hidden gem of a location in the heart of Mid Wales.​

Costs and rules


  • Pre booking is advisable – Online entry up until 7 days before the event.

  • Entry is £20.

  • Friday night pre-entry will also be available from 6pm until 9pm at the Bromsgrove Hall.

  • Entry on the day is available at a £5 surcharge.

  • For safety all participants MUST check in on the morning. At check in you will receive your number board and (perhaps more importantly for you) your beer tokens.

  • Routes – Long route approx 28 miles and shorter route approx 15 miles – All will have technical sections, but these will be marked with easier options available – the ride will be suitable for all abilities

  • Check in times – At the Bromsgrove Hall – Llanwrtyd Wells –  LD5 4RA

    • Saturday 8:00am until 9.30am

  • Mass start from the Hall on Saturday at 10am with a short breifing just before

  • There is a small amount of parking at Bromsgrove hall, with other car parks in the town.

Who's it for?

Real Drinkers, Mountain Bikers, Walkers.  

With courses for both serious bikers and enthusiastic amateurs, anyone can give the event a go. Routes are way-marked and marshalled, with check points, two along the way and one at the finish, where beer tokens can be exchanged for locally brewed real ale (water, hot drinks and soft drinks are also available).

Other information

  • The main feed station has a Coffee Pod and BBQ where you can buy refreshments so remember to carry money.

  • When you return to the finish there is also another opportunity to have another beer and get some more food.

  • There are showers available for a small charge.

  • Evenings offer an opportunity to try out many of the Real Ales, Ciders and Perries from the extensive selection available across the festival venues, and enjoy some excellent local bands that provide entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening.


Get in touch with the Green Events for more information

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