Setting out from Plas Dolau the first part of the journey to Talybont on the main road is always a bit tedious, but it was a Sunday and not too bad, but worth it for the rest of the ride.
Turning off in Talybont there is then the long climb ahead to Nant y Moch reservoir and the wilderness of the Cambrian Mountains. The climb starts in a beatuiful rural valley and climbs seadily, once leaving the tree line you can see the road winding its way to the top. I love the smell of the pine trees in the spring sunshine.
From this point the road traces its way round the reservoir until you reach the dam, its good to pause and look down the valley from the vantage point at the top. Then on to Ponterwyd a short distance down the A44 and off to Devil’s Bridge.
In Devil’s Bridge turning up quite a steep climb past the Arch and down to Cwm Ystwyth and then the old Hafod Estate. From here down to Pontrhydygroes, Trawscoed and back.
The total distance was 46 miles mostly on small rural roads