Ride no. 17 was a quick burn around the fabulous trails at Coed-y-Brenin in North Wales.Me and my fella’s plan was to have a five-day mountain bike holiday in Shropshire and North Wales, some of which involved riding the fab trail centre, Coed-y-Brenin. This had to be slightly altered mid-way through, as Jack’s knee started to give him some grief.
So, yesterday, instead of another day on the bikes, we had a bit of a mince around the lovely coastal area around Barmouth. There is a nice looking village, complete with plenty of seaside cafes, restaurants, and shops. The main attraction for me though was the brilliant estuary and massive sandy beach that sits just in front of the town. What a glorious day spent in the warmth, the sun, and the sand!
Today Jacks knee wasn’t much better, so we decided to head ‘er on home. First though, we said goodbye to our dear little sheepy friend – Whibly.
Whibly lives on Cae Gwyn Farm, located just north of Dolgellau in mid-Wales. This farm was our accommodation for a couple of nights. We stayed in a bunk-house style camping barn, but there is also a really nice B&B barn conversion, as well as lots of camping fields if you want to set up a tent. A really friendly couple named Dave and Sue run the farm, and have been an absolute pleasure every time we’ve visited! Me and my fella have stayed in the B&B for a mountain-biking valentines day, and we’ve now stayed in the camping barn. Me and my sister have also stayed here…. mostly because of Whibly!
Whibly is a special little sheepy on the farm – he was the runt of the litter, so was hand-fed by bottle growing up. This has made him ridiculously friendly, and more like a pet dog than a sheep. Sue has an obvious affection for Whibly, and methinks this little sheep won’t be going to market any day soon. So, every time I come to this part of Wales, I really look forward to staying at the farm and seeing little Whibs again.
So, on our last day in the area, Jack was kind enough to hang out with some tea and toast in the Coed-y-Brenin cafe, while I had a quick run around the Temtiwr trail. This translates to ‘Tempter’ trail in English, which makes sense, seeing as this short loop is a little ‘taster’ loop for the longer tracks. It’s really brilliant – taking in a long logging-road slog to the top, swoopy flowy descents, techy sections armoured with rock, and overall a big smile factor. It took me 45 minutes, and is a really great option if you are short on time, or just want an easy one.
After my blast around the ‘apple’ trail, Jack and myself headed North, back to the Lakes and back to work. We will definitely be back though – to Northern Wales, to Coed-y-Brenin, and to Shropshire – as the riding to be had in this area is ace!