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Meeting to Discuss the Bike Ride – 6th March at 7:30 Farmers Arms, Llangyndeyrn

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Draft Itinerary for Bala to Llangyndeyrn cycle trip : 7-9 June 2013

Purpose of trip

The purpose of the trip is to remember lost battles to save communities from being drowned at Llyn Celyn (Tryweryn), near Bala, Llyn Clywedog near Llanidloes, which was also drowned to supply water for England, onto Llyn Brianne, which is where the proposed Gwendraeth fach damn was eventually built, and finally of course, finish with us cycling down Cwm Gwendreath Fach, a whole valley community that fought to stave off the threat of being drowned in the early 60’s.

During the 2013 trip it is important for us to record as much of the trip as possible and find out as much as we can about the other communities we visit and their fight back in the 50’s and 60’s. We need to photograph, video, tweet (@Dathlu63), and blog in order to update our www.Llangyndeyrn.org website. Hopefully, we’ll get a TV broadcaster to film the trip as part of the celebrations and to record the story through the eyes of the people from the communities affected by these historical events. This film could be shown at the weeklong celebrations in October, and uploaded onto our website as a permanent record of the trip.

Deadlines to book accommodation

All names to be confirmed by 7pm Friday the 1st of March to Ian Jones. Anybody wishing to come after this time / date will need to book their own accommodation.

Cyclist’s briefing

A briefing meeting for all those who intend cycling all or part of the route (125 miles in total) will be held at The Farmers Arms at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 6th March, where we’ll go through the whole route and explain the course, the easy bits, and not so easy bits!!  Need to discuss a number of issues: Bikes; storage; transport; support vehicle; maintenance; safety; training; clothing; pace etc etc

Itinerary

Friday 7th June 2013

Travel up to Bala in your own time.

2pm Bike ride or drive up to Llyn Celyn (Tryweryn)

6pm organise own food at respective hotels or nearby café’s / restaurants

8.00pm Eagles Inn, Llanuwchllyn (some 5-6 miles away): Talwrn y Beirdd between Llanuwchllyn, Tryweryn, Cwm Gwendraeth, and Crannog. Dylan Tudur to host, and themed around the purpose of cycle trip

Stay at respective hotels in Bala – White Lion and Plas Coch

Saturday 8th June

7-8am Breakfast (included in price)

8.30am Cyclists to meet outside White Lion Hotel Bala and leave heading south on B4403, turn off left towards Bwlch y Groes (taking us over the highest mountain road pass in Wales!!), and down the valley to come out in Dinas Mawddwy. From here travel South on A470 to Mallwyd

11am (approx) 20 miles in, stop at Mallwyd for mid morning break – Brigands Inn, Mallwyd (tbc) (All)

11.30am (approx.) From Mallwyd, head East on A458 for a few miles (towards Welshpool), but turn off right towards Pandy / Llanbrynmair. Take B4518 south at Llanbrynmair (heading towards Staylittle / Llanidloes). Possible photo / video opportunities at Staylitte, as we follow road around Llyn Clywedog, and head towards Llanidloes

1.30pm (approx.) 41 miles (total). Stop for lunch at Llanidloes (location tbc) (All)

2.30pm Leave Llanidloes on B4518 heading South towards Rhayadr (53 miles in). Option to stop in Rhayadr at approx. 3.30pm, or continue via A470 South, directly towards Builth, via Newbridge on wye (61miles in).

4pm (approx.) Arrive Builth Wells (approx 66 miles).

Stay at various accommodation in and around Builth (Greyhound; Erris Villa; Smithfield & Woodland Guest House – option for Pwll Gwilym B&B too, but a few miles outside Builth on road to Beulah). Organise own evening meals and entertainment.

Sunday 9th June

Breakfast 7-8am

8.30am (morning meeting point tbc) Leave Builth, heading West on A483 towards Cilmeri, and Beulah. At Beulah, head towards Llwyn Madoc (need to follow map here on small roads), and up towards ‘Devil’s staircase’ (north side of Llyn Brianne)

11am (Approx) Stop at Damn Wall of Llyn Brianne (N.B. Photo opportunities prior to this as we cycle from North to South end of Damn).

11.30am Leave Brianne, heading towards Llandovery via Cilycwm. Take ‘back road’ from Llandovery via Llangadog / Bethlehem, bringing us into Ffairfach.

1pm (approx.) Stop for lunch in Llandeilo (location tbc)

2pm Leave Llandeilo and take Golden Grove, Dryslwyn, Llanarthne Road. At Llanarthne, turn left and head towards Botanic Gardens, then Pothyrhyd. At Porthyrhyd, head up to Llanddarog, then down to Cwmisfael and back to Llangyndeyrn past Glan Yr Ynys gates (photo and all meet). Everybody, including children cycle down into village together.

4pm (approx) Arrive at Square in Llangyndeyrn (photos next to memorial stone).

4.30pm refreshments, food and de-brief at Farmers Arms, Llangyndeyrn!!

Route

The route has a mixture of easy, hard, and very hard bits!! The cycling is weather dependant to a degree, and safety has to be the main priority.

The rough itinerary for the route is as above (maps will be provided too)

For further details on route, you may be able to find via ‘map my ride’

http://www.mapmyride.com

Bala to Llangyndeyrn (Llanidloes) 125.85 miles

Other information

Bike maintenance equipment will be available. Cyclists need to ensure bike is serviced, and have some spare tubes available for puncture stops. There will hopefully be a support vehicle. Cyclists are responsible for their own safety – helmets must be worn.

Some additional information links on route:

http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Towns_in_Wales/Bala_Town.htm

http://dinas-mawddwy.wales.info/things-to-do-in-dinas%20mawddwy/

http://www.llanidloes.com/activities/index.html

http://www.rhayader.co.uk/index.php/rhayader/thingstodo/

http://www.walesdirectory.co.uk/Towns_in_Wales/Builth_Wells_Town.htm

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/United_Kingdom/Wales/Dyfed/Llandovery-309529/Things_To_Do-Llandovery-TG-C-1.html

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/business/itinerary-5.html

 

Thanks / Diolch

Ian

IanJones15@hotmail.com

07974 006307

01269 871401

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