WALES – CAM TRI
Coed Craigyrogof Woods 17th June 2014
My scribbles for this post shall be rather short, as it’s a year since I completed my cycle up through Wales!
The day starts damp, but soon dries out.
My route now is heading easterly towards Llanidoes. The Sustrans map shows a direct-green-route, but with an explanation mark!
I soon find out why … it’s very steep! And no sooner am I triumphantly celebrating my arrival at the top, I’m then greeted with the usual downside … been the downside!
We do it all again!
Obviously I can’t pass a church without a spot of lunch and the customary photo.
Llanidoes is a very pleasant market town.
Not too far out of town I spot forestry land. That’ll do for the night. Only problem … flat ground? It took me forever to find some … but I did!
And after a bit of forestry from me, it made for a pleasant spot.
The normal morning get everything together and load everything back on my horse!
This descent was truly lovely … all a good mile of it. But near the bottom I screamed like a girl, as I realised my baseball cap had disappeared!I’d foolishly tucked it between my handlebars and bar bag. With me concentrating on my, full-pelt-downhill-frenzy, it had blown off!
Well, I wasn’t about to haul the bike back up … so hid it behind a hedge and trudged back up on foot … slowly!
Customary lunch in Machynlleth. With cap!
Now this camp spot might look idyllic … it wasn’t!
Midges were rampant and with brambles weaving through the top soil and stinking nettles to contend with, it wasn’t the easiest spot to set up on. But, I couldn’t be bothered to search anywhere else!
A South African flag deep in the heart of the ‘valleys’?
The photo doesn’t do the gradient justice … trust me!
Llanymawddwy church providing welcome shade from the midday heat. Yes … you heard it right … heat! Was a hot day.
I had intended to make this climb in the afternoon, but as I cycled near to the base and saw the length of it … I thought it can wait till the cool of the next morning. Why rush?
That decision was even easier as I’d noticed a very pleasant coppice not far from the church. And also a stand pipe in someone’s drive!
Pasta, tuna and broccoli in a cheese sauce. The sauce and cheese courtesy of a packet … the rest is me!
The next day and the climb completed by nine. What a difference, with fresh legs and a cool morning.
From the top of the climb it was a pleasantly-long-descent into Bala Lake. The largest natural lake in Wales.
The town of Bala sits at its northern end and the narrow gauge Bala Lake Railway runs for several kilometres along the lake’s southern shore.
I do have a need to get some washing done, so against all my ethos, I find a camp ground. It’s more a motorhome, caravan site … eeckk!
Large it is too, but the plus side, I can find a quiet area.
There’s worse camp sites around! Glanllyn Caravan and Camping Park. Also the added bonus of hot-running-water … shower!
After a couple of days, I climb out of Bala, heading due-west towards Porthmadog.
Not one to hurry and leaving Bala early afternoon after a big English fry up, it’s not too long till I’m scouting for a stealth camping spot. This is duly found near Llyn Celyn Lake.
Sometimes the effort to dig ones own latrine is done for you. With a few more digs from my trowel, it all flushes well deeper than six inches!
Roughly two or three miles to Porthmadog. But, the road to Porthmadog seems straight ahead, all be it with a bit of traffic, but none the less … a bee line!
I follow though the Sustrans sign pointing upwards. How hard can that be? An hour later … I’m still climbing. Sustrans will try and keep you away from traffic, but with this, you might pay for it in an exurbanite excursion!
After briefly stopping in Porthmadog for supplies, I head off rapidly … tourists galore!
A few miles out, my heading is northwards again.
A stealth camping spot is located in a pine forest and a water source found in the garden of a large house … sneaky beaky!
Considering the prime-isolated-location of the forest ie. out of sight, out of mind. I stay here for ‘another’ rest day! Peace and tranquillity.
With my Ipod (science podcasts), Kindle (cycling/adventure books) and childhood exploring, the day pasts quickly.
Pant Glas 21st June 2014
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