Saturday, 11 October 2014

Wales Green Laning: The Wayfarer

After an easier day, we decided to head North and check out the Wayfarer near Llangollen. On our morning of departure from Llanerchindda Farm we got chatting to a nice guy from Mold who marked up a route on our map of the Llangollen area.

The rain had been pouring down all night and as we drove north, it continued to pour down.  We couldn't decide if we were just being soft or if we were being sensible heading out considering the absolute soaking we got the day before. We settled on a compromise of just doing the Wayfarer and seeing how it went...... We'd been told this was an all weather route & so it turned out to be, we're glad to say...

The start of the Wayfarer from Llandrillo

We headed through the gate and didn't read the sign post correctly and ended up heading straight on which took us to a gate with a no entry sign as the area is a SSSI. It was pretty harsh saying if permission had not been gained from the landowner, bikes would be seized by the police...ok better check the map then!!

It was back down to the sign post and we took the left fork. The track goes over some lovely fells & headed upto a little col with some very good views of desolate moorland & rocky tors... the grey clouds & wind added to the moodiness of the day but things were brightened up by bumping into a few lads on their bikes who sounded like they were having a mild epic, with several punctures & falls... they were currently debating the best way back to tarmac as one of them were struggling with his latest puncture & hot tea was calling!!

They were in such good spirits though, totally having a laugh & taking the piss out of each other, it was great to see such camaraderie!!

After the little col we started to head down to the end of the lane, none of the riding was technical or difficult & Lucy seemed to just flow over the loose rocky stuff, thoroughly enjoying herself... Once at the bottom, we turned around & returned the way we'd come as it was so good...

The whole trip was a bit like riding the Coach Road in the Lakes, great views, nice riding & a great sense of isolation from the rest of the busy UK... Excellent stuff

From here we headed back home to play around the Lakes, a great few days in Wales, we'll be bcak to look for more off road fun asap!!