Ffefryn fyr / Favourite short ride

Lan i Penuwch / Penuwch loop on minor roads 39km elevation 521m

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For a shortish ride this has a bit of everything except a coffee stop option. Starting at the harbour we go up the Aeron Valley and then off through the village of Cilcennin. We climb all the way to near Bwlchllan reaching over a 1000ft by the time we’re in Penuwch. The scenery is stunning with views over to the Cambrian mountains. Descend all the way through Cross Inn (Rhos yr Hafod pub is open in the evenings) to Pennant. Few ups and downs before the steep descent past picturesque Aberarth church and back to Aberaeron.

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Ffefryn fyr / Favourite short ride

Lan i Penuwch / Penuwch loop on minor roads 39km elevation 521m

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For a shortish ride this has a bit of everything except a coffee stop option. Starting at the harbour we go up the Aeron Valley and then off through the village of Cilcennin. We climb all the way to near Bwlchllan reaching over a 1000ft by the time we’re in Penuwch. The scenery is stunning with views over to the Cambrian mountains. Descend all the way through Cross Inn (Rhos yr Hafod pub is open in the evenings) to Pennant. Few ups and downs before the steep descent past picturesque Aberarth church and back to Aberaeron.

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Ffefryn fyr / Favourite short ride

Lan i Penuwch / Penuwch loop on minor roads 39km elevation 521m

https://www.strava.com/activities/2969870719/embed/7c34a0b0140455fd778a6ead0bc365961c50477a

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/29750095

For a shortish ride this has a bit of everything except a coffee stop option. Starting at the harbour we go up the Aeron Valley and then off through the village of Cilcennin. We climb all the way to near Bwlchllan reaching over a 1000ft by the time we’re in Penuwch. The scenery is stunning with views over to the Cambrian mountains. Descend all the way through Cross Inn (Rhos yr Hafod pub is open in the evenings) to Pennant. Few ups and downs before the steep descent past picturesque Aberarth church and back to Aberaeron.

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Epic day ride with a top 100 UK climb as an added option, a grimpeur’s idea of fun. Beico gyda’r grug a’r adar man

Llyn Brianne loop 112km (70 miles)  2069m elevation

A long day in the saddle to get you out into the hills, test your climbing legs with good coffee and cake stops. A hard route but with spectacular scenery taking you from Aberaeron to Lampeter past Dolau Coyhi Gold Mine and around Llyn Brianne reservoir, one of the most remote places in Wales. Make sure you carry spare tubes and fuel up big style on your breakfast. Not much phone signal for a big chunk.

From the Harbourmaster you cycle on the A487north for a mile, as you climb out of the village of Aberarth you turn right for the Treagaron road. A steep climb follows for half a mile then it’s a gradual climb through the villages of Pennant, Cross Inn (shop and pub), Bethania and Pen Uwch which gets you to over a 1000ft. Keep on going all the way to Tregaron enjoying the splendid views of the Cambrian mountains and back to the coast.

Tregaron 17miles into the journey is a good place for a coffee and cake. There is a cafe, the famous Talbot Hotel and shops to stock up.

After Tregaron it gets wild. Take the Abergwesyn road, which is my favourite road in Wales. It is a single track old drovers road which meanders through spartan mountain scenery. It is a road made famous in cycling by the Milk Races of the 70s and 80s. You climb all the way to over 1500ft with challenging ramps. After the climb there’s a well-earned descent (watch out for dull sheep) all the way down to Soar y Mynydd – keep following signs for Rhandirmwyn. Once you cross a metal bridge you turn right for  Llyn Brianne reservoir that was built in the early 70s. (If you turn left it takes you in a couple of miles to the Devil’s Staircase climb, only 1.3km long but ramps of over 20%. You have to be a masochist to add this to your ride – but each to his own !) Just past the kiosk turn right for a couple of miles and then a cork takes you left towards Rhandirmwyn.

This road is quite stunning and is undulating for 8 fabulous miles miles following the damn. It really is spectacular.

By this time you are in the upper reaches of the wooded Towy and Cothi valleys. From here you make your way through the small hamlets of Cwrt y Cadno, past the Dolau Cothi Gold Mines (cafe with good cakes and filter coffee) to Pumsaint where you get to the main road. Turn right towards Lampeter, and a steady climb up to Tafarn Jem then a fast descent down towards Cwm Ann and Lampeter.

Once in Lampeter lots of cafes, pubs and shops to get you fuelled for the last 13 miles home along the A382, although an A road never gets really busy. Once back in Aberaeron shower or a bath straight down to the bar where you can boast / bore both locals and visitors alike about your epic trip to the mountains.

 

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Great half day ride with stunning countryside. Cyfle i weld y wlad ar ddiwrnod braf.

Mynydd Llanybydder Mountain 75km (46miles) 1250m elevation

This is a great ride to do on a sunny day with plenty of options for stops. It takes in the Aeron and Clettwr valleys and a good climb to a height of over 1300ft over Llanybydder mountain. The views from the top are breathtaking and has the bonus of no traffic and brand new tarmac. The only hazards are sheep.

The ride takes you through back roads with plenty of villages with shops and pubs so you can refuel as often as you want. Taking it leisurely with a stop the ride will take you around  4 – 5 hours.

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Easily navigable 66km inland loop with plenty of coffee stop possibilities. Mewn i’r wlad gyda digon o opsiynau coffi

Aberaeron Tregaron Llambed / Lampeter Aberaeron 66km. 909m (2900ft) of climbing

This is one of my favourite routes as it is quite challenging but has a variety of terrain from hills to following both the Teifi and Aeron river valleys.

From Aberaeron go north on the A487 through the village of Aberarth (there’s a cycle path most of the way). Awkward right turn once out of the village (signposted Tregaron) and then a sharp climb for half a mile, then steady climbing all the way to over a 1000ft. After 16 miles you get to Tregaron with options for coffee and a stroll. The Talbot or Rhiannon’s Jewellery shop and cafe are the obvious choices for sustenance.

After Tregaron follow the old road to Lampeter, this is basically flat following the river Teifi and takes you through the village of Llanddewi Brefi (of Little Britain fame). Lovely ride to the market town Lampeter where again you can have a break (Conti’s directly on the square is my choice for coffee).

From Lampeter a 13m ride back to Aberaeron, bit of an uphill drag for the first 3-4 miles then a great downhill till you get to the Aeron valley floor. From the village of Felinfach easy ride back to the Harbourmaster, by when I’m sure you’ll have built up an appetite and a thirst.

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Reid Pnawn Sul. Sunday afternoon ride

Maesymeillion loop 50km (31miles) 770m (2500ft) climbing

Monsoon in the morning so decided to change the time of the off to 1.30. Nice route with plenty of climbing, good descents and as always great views with no traffic. Climb the hard way out of Aberaeron past Llaethliw vineyard and up a climb 17% spike but generally ok if half fit. However do not try after a Harbourmaster Sunday lunch as I did –  nearlyrecycled (not in a biking way) !

After the climb you stay on the undulating plateau which gradually rises to over a 1000ft but great views to the sea and inland hills. B roads all the way with hardly a car and good surfaces. Go through hamlets / villages of Post Bach, Maesymeillion, Pontsian, Dihewid and then a great descent back tp the A482 2 miles from Aberaeron.

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Dros mynydd Llanfair Clydogau. Great spin in the mountains

Mynydd llanfair46 Miles 1070M of climbing Yesterday decided to take advantage of some spring sunshine. Although my Garmin stated that the average temperature was 6″C. However plenty of hills to keep me warm. Decided to go from the Harbourmaster to Lampeter and then on a new road for me, towards Ffarmers and over the mountain to Llanfair Clydogau. Long climb from Cwm Ann to 1200 ft but manageable and well worth it for lack of traffic and great views. Descent takes in the Roman road of Sarn Helen and is very quick and not too technical. Once in Llanfair turning left to follow the river Teifi to Tregaron. Stop in Spar for much needed chocolate and then an undulating !8 miles back to aberaeron, once again climbing up to over 1000ft. Great ride with lots to see and cafe stops in Lampeter and Tregaron

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