Thursday, 19 June 2014

Welsh 3 Peaks Hike & Bike Challenge – Pre challenge

I’m sure it was more down to good luck than good planning but everything that could have gone right for this challenge did; the weather, the wind direction & no punctures or injuries. Having said that I’m sitting here typing this feeling the after effects as my thigh muscles ache, however this is a small price to pay as the scenery I witnessed over the two days was simply stunning and made it all worthwhile. Without any question a massive thank you must go to Ryan who was our support driver for this challenge and both Mitch and I appreciated his support and could not have done it without him, cheers mate.

If you haven’t guessed by the title of this post the challenge consisted of doing the Welsh 3 peaks (Snowdon, Cadair Idris & Pen y Fan) but also cycling between each peak. We decided to split this into 2 days as follows:

Day 1: Walk Snowdon, cycle 44 miles to Cadair Idris and walk Cadair Idris
Day 2: Cycle 85 miles from Cadair Idris down to the Brecon Beacons and walk Pen y Fan.

We made our way over to Wales on Sunday afternoon, to set up base at Dol Enion campsite at the foot of Cadair Idris, with the Minffordd path literally on our doorstep. This is a nice little site although the grass could have done with cutting making pitches very limited but as we were the only ones there it didn’t matter as so we pitched the tent in the far corner by the path and fire pit which we made use of. 
Once settled we then headed off to the local pub Pen y Bont which was on the far side of Tal-y-llyn. Wow what a setting for a pub, sitting in the pub garden eating homemade Welsh lamb shepherd’s pie drinking local ale looking across the still water of Tal-y-llyn has to be one of best places I’ve eaten. I didn’t take the camera to the pub but I really wish I had so had to make to with the phone camera which really does not do it justice, I will certainly return here in the future. Then for something to do we headed off to Tywyn to see the sea before returning to the campsite in readiness for the fun to begin the next day.


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