LS03 / Cambrian Mountains

160km in Central Wales

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Llanidloes is the Eastern capital of the Cambrain Mountains, the fourth Welsh national park.

Ride from Llanidloes on the A470 a good entrance to the mountains, with quiet roads running into the heart of the forest, and a good wholefood café for your return!

Cut through the back of the village and over the hills to drop down on to the A44. The A44 climbs over the pass and, just after the speed limit sign in the village of Ponterwyd, the route turns right to cross the mountain on a small amazing road. Dropping off the mountain either join the main road to run into Machynlleth or take the road a lot less travelled, a gated road, and take a left before hitting the main road closer to Machynlleth in Tre’r Ddol.

Follow through the edge of the town, unless you fancy a coffee stop, under the bridge and across the river. As soon as the river is behind you the coast road turns to the left and skirts westwards and northwards, up towards Snowdonia. Heading inland turn right a little way after the village of Pennal, sign post to the Happy Valley (if you find that this makes you happy then you're definitely on the right website), at the end turn right to Tywyn.

The one road out of Tywyn heads east, leave it at the right hand turning to Talyllyn on the B4405. At the end of this road turn right again and return to Machynlleth.

In town turn left into the main shopping street, there are some good places to eat, but a mountain road to come so don't weigh yourself down too much! Leave town on the mountain road towards Forge. Take a right at the end towards Staylittle, and right again onto the forest road. If you have saved energy until this point, spend it now, and enjoy drop down back to Llanidloes.

An up-dated route map coming soon! Park in the main carpark in Llanidloes.