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A wet weekend in Mid-Wales  

Llangoed Hall Hotel

We planned this to be the first time that we spent more than one night in the Cyclehome, although we knew that the weather forecast was not brilliant and that we would probably get wet at some stage.

I found two routes in the Lost Lanes Wales book – route 10, from Rhayader and going past the Elan Valley reservoirs, which was planned for Saturday and route 9, a more challenging ride, from Machynlleth into the hills north of Llanbrynmair for Sunday.

 

We booked a spot at The Halt caravan site (just off the A470) on Friday as it as close to route 10 as we could get.

Sadly, on Saturday morning, the rain was too much for us, being fair-weather cyclists, so we postponed route 10 for another time and went to the Red Kite feeding centre at Gigrin Farm. It was an amazing sight to see so many Red Kites approaching and feeding on the meat scattered in the field in front of the hides. They are quite difficult to photograph, as they do not settle on the ground to eat, but we saw one feeding on the wing very close to us. Nice tea and cake in the café, so definitely recommended as a place to visit.

We then travelled to Gwern-y-Bwlch caravan site past the Clywedog reservoir, which is a lovely drive, with fantastic views over the reservoir from its most easterly point. This caravan site is as close as we could get to the challenging route 9, which we did on Sunday.

Fortunately, it did not rain at all on this ride, but there was a very steep hill (27%!) north of Llanbrynmair, which surprised us a bit, after which we turned west and then followed the river Dyfi down to Machynlleth. We had Date & Chocolate Cake outside at the Quarry Café while the Pink Car Rally went past, so we managed the long hill on the way back towards Llanbrynmair ok. We stopped to watch a buzzard (the yellow beak and legs and terrible screech being the giveaway) feeding on the remains of a heron in a field but got back to the Cyclehome and put the bikes away just before the heavens opened and it rained for the rest of the day.

Monday, the day of our Silver Wedding Anniversary, began with pretty grim weather too, but as we got to Llangoed Hall Hotel it started to improve. We had an extremely good lunch there (definitely recommended – the afternoon tea also looked really good) and then a pleasant drive in glorious sunshine back home.

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Red Kites at Gigrin Farm

Clywedog reservoir