Friday, 16 April 2010

Wet Wales ? NAH !

Wales Wet ? NAH !
By Frank Grainger
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 21:26
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What a three days ! I know that the offroaders had a terrific time in Wales judging by the look on their faces that Friday evening, for my part I stuck with the on road rides.

On the Friday five of us rode to Barmouth for tea and cake and rode back over the rail/footbridge to Fairbourne after that a first taste of Welsh Hills with a climb up to Creggan Lakes . After a swift pint at the Gwernan Lake Hotel we were back in plenty of time to join the crowded bar and a meal served outside on the terrace.

Saturday was the big one for nine of us, the slog over the hills to Lake Bala took longer than expected and after the lunchtime tea stop everyone was happy to shorten the route and give Lake Vyrnwy a miss this time.

The climbing continued in a pretty relentless way with what seemed much more up than down.

An extremley fast descent brought us to a a place called Dinas Mawddwy just catching the tearoom before they shut up shop.

Regenerated we were ready for the last moutain pass of the day, just over two miles to to the top ( see pic ) and a four mile freewheel to Dolgellau.

In all 53 miles with an ascent of over 6000 feet.

Sunday was once again suberb weatherwise, and seven took the coast road past Fairbourne giving great views over Barmouth Bay ( Bae Bermo in Welsh apparently ) turning left at Llanegryn took us through the beautiful valley to Abergynowyn and to our tea stop at Tal-y-llyn lake, followed by the final mountain pass of the weekend, a comparatively easy 2.5 miles with a height gain of 600 feet

All thanks go to Gareth for finding us such an excellent Hotel, the food was V good and I had more than enough although I did observe some gannets cleaning the leftovers at breakfast ( don't know whether they found anything in the bins )