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Cycle bike-pack Dolgellau, Corris, Machynlleth, Rhiw Fawr,
Llanbrynmair, Minllyn, Bwlch Oerddrws, Wales.
(2 day bike-pack)
Tue 26 Apr - Wed 27 Apr 2022

Tue 26 Apr 2022
Day01: Tue 26 Apr 2022 Day02: Wed 27 Apr 2022

Near the start of my ride.
After loading the bike with the panniers I set off on the long steep descent via Llanfachreth towards Dolgellau, thinking all the way that I would have to reclimb all the lost altitude in a few days. I cycled through the centre of Dolgellau and east to join the main A470 up a long steep climb.

On the descent to Dolgellau

The weight of my bike soon became too much and I pushed the bike up the steepest parts. At Cross Foxes Inn I turned right onto the A487 heading south. My main concern was the large number of heavy good vehicles and with no paths or cycle lanes it was uncomfortable riding. At Minffordd I started another difficult climb up a steep sided valley. This must be where military aircraft train as near the summit a Hercules aircraft flew overhead very low.
Over the River Dovey.
Over the summit I started a long descent and soon saw on the left the remnants of the Corris Railway. On the approach to Machynlleth were traffic lights for roadworks so I headed for the ‘footpath’ sign and was diverted across a newish bridge over the River Dovey then across a lot of construction works and concrete towers where the road is being diverted at a higher level. I asked a workman who said it was to lift the road up due to regular flooding. I reached the original road at the old bridge and helped a lady with a bike by holding the gates open for her. She had a child on a rear seat and also a small trailer with another child. I rode into Machynlleth then turned left to head along the A489 for a short way before turning right along a narrow lane above Afon Dulas. The first part wasn't too bad with rideable undulations.

Lifting the road.

Lifting the road.
At the first road junction I turned away from the river and started the main climb. It was relentless and most of the way I had to push the bike. I was so glad to reach my planned camp spot near the top. I'd checked the O2 maps earlier for signal availability but there was nothing. Near a monument to Wynford Vaugn Thomas I got ‘H’ but not 4G. That would do and there was a flat grassy patch behind the monument.

Camp 1

DARLLEDWR - AWDUR - TEITHIWR - BROADCASTER - AUTHOR - TRAVELLER This memorial is dedicated to Wynford Vaughan-Thomas, one of Wales's most well-known and respected
broadcasters, war correspondents and environmental champions.
Born in Swansea in 1908, Vaughan-Thomas was educated at Swansea Grammar School and then Exeter College, Oxford.
He joined the BBC in 1937 and became its leading commentator on State ceremonies/events, including the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. From 1942-45 he was its war correspondent, and is remembered for his vivid and unscripted reports of RAF air raids over Berlin, Allied landings in Italy, and the liberation of Rome.
After leaving the BBC, he became a founder member of Harlech TV, its first Director of Programmes and thereafter it's Executive Director.
Through his broadcasting and writing, Wynford displayed a passion for Wales and a love for the beauty of its landscapes. He became a long-standing member of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, serving as both its Chairman and President.
During his life he received several honours for his public services, including an OBE in 1974 and CBE in 1986. He died in Fishguard, in 1987.
This memorial was commissioned by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales and funded by BBC Wales and HTV. The land on which the memorial stands, on the slopes of Moel Fadian, was one of Wynford Vaughan Thomas's favourite viewpoints in Wales, has been gifted by a local landowner.

WYNFORD VAUGHAN-THOMAS 1908-87 memorial.
I left my bike and walked across the road to head down a rough track towards the river below to collect water. Fortunately I found a stream in the rushes where I was able to decant into my bottles then carry the 4lt back to my bike. With the tent up I cooked my evening meal. Afterwards I was treated to a nice sunset.

Sunset from my tent.


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