Claerddu Bothy Bikepacking trip.
This trip started from my house and very quickly I headed away from the road and into the Southern tip of the Cambrian Mountains.
Leaving the market town of Llandovery I head North and through Rhandirmwyn, then on to the first off-road section of the day. A great climb helps me gain elevation fast, dropping me out onto the forestry road that circumnavigates Llyn Brianne reservoir. Following this all the way around until I reach the stunning chapel of Soar Y Mynydd.
After a small but beautiful road section from Soar Y Mynydd I turned back onto forestry roads. Using these I rode alongside the famous Strata Florida byway until I reached the ruins of the old Abbey.
After the Abbey you take a sharp right and head along a couple of kms of country lane until you reach one of the most amazing bridleways your likely to ride on. Combine this with the low sun of a Winters afternoon and the solitude that Mid Wales can offer, there really is no better place.
This bridleway will pop you out by the majestic Teifi Pools and by this point a much needed tarmac track. Following this track brings you to the council road only a few metres away from where you turn of to reach the Claerddu bothy.
I arrived just as the suns evening light scarpered up the hills that create the backdrop for this stunning bothy.
I had a perfect evening spent with friends who cycled or walked in from different directions. We ate homemade stew, cheese, meats and a healthy supply of ales.
It was hard to pull myself away from the comfort of the fire in the morning knowing that outside was sub zero temperatures and I had a minimum of a 70km ride back home. Luckily I knew the next section would bring me awesome views as I skirted the Claerwen reservoir and onto the town of Rhayader.