It's not long now until the Wayfarer Centenary Weekend based at the West Arms in Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog and this is an update on what's going on during the weekend.Friday evening 29 March (from 8pm)
Mark Hudson, Archivist of the Rough Stuff Fellowship will be ensconced in the Wayfarer Bar of the West Arms Hotel with his slide projector and showing some of the amazing slides of rough stuff adventuring from the 1950s onwards. Mark will also curating a little exhibition of RSF artefacts which will be on show throughout the weekend. Saturday rides 30 March
There are at least three rides and all of them start at the West Arms and go first up to the Wayfarer memorial at Pen Bwlch Llandrillo. I'll be leading a loop of around 50 hilly miles, over the top then down to Cynwyd, and back via Corwen, Carrog, Rhewl, Pontcysyllte, Chirk and Glyn Ceiriog.
The Anfield Bicycle Club will be leading a similar but shorter route, returning the short (but hilly) way from Llangollen to Glyn Ceiriog.
I have put both of these routes online here so you can print out or download a GPX file:http://www.gpxeditor.co.uk/routes2/user ... rerWeekend
The Veteran Cycle Club will be riding on period cycles and going up to the Wayfarer memorial and back down again. If you are bringing a period cycle and wish to join this ride please contact Stephen Costigan (firstname.lastname@example.org
) as soon as possible.
If you want to lead a ride of your own, e.g. a wholly off-road MTB route, then you're most welcome. If you're happy for others to join you, let me know and I'll do my best to publicise it.
Many of you are familiar with the Wayfarer route over the Berwyns. For those who are not it is a 5 mile long unmade track that's very rough and rutted in places and boasts some exceptionally large puddles after heavy rain. Minimum requirements are a touring bike and a sense of adventure. If you bring a road bike with skinny tyres you will likely be pushing/carrying much of the way up. If you want to ride the track without any walking then an MTB is recommended. You can see a video of a recent recce by the Anfield Bicycle Club on Youtube. It took them about an hour.
You will be responsible for your own bicycle and personal safety, so be sure to pack puncture repair provisions and all tools you may need.
The weather in March is unpredictable (there was deep snow in 1919!). The current long range forecast is for average temperatures and weather conditions, but it's wise to check nearer the time and pack accordingly. Saturday lunch
There are various options and you will need to make your own plans. The Anfield Bicycle Club will be having lunch at the Bison Grill Bistro on the Rhug Estate. All are welcome, though you are advised to book a table directly.
I hope to make a bit more distance before lunch and so am planning to stop at the Grouse Inn at Carrog. If you are doing my ride and want to come in on my table booking, please let me know with a firm commitment by Wednesday 27 March (max 20 people, first come, first served).
There are other lunch options at Corwen and Llangollen, or just pack a sandwich and a Primus.Saturday evening
At 6pm David Birchall of the Anfield Bicycle Club will give an illustrated talk about Wayfarer, in the West Arms. All welcome.
7.30pm. Centenary Dinner (now fully booked) followed by drinks in the bar. Sunday rides 31 March
This has been left deliberately flexible with the hope that people will self-organise according to their preferences and available time. There is plenty of scope for great rides in the area, both rough stuff and on road. If you'd like to lead a ride, please let me know and I'll do my best to advertise them over the weekend and I'll put a notice at the reception of the West Arms with the rides on offer. Note that the clocks go forward an hour to British Summer Time on Saturday night, so we lose an hour. Breakfasts at the West Arms
The West Arms is happy to serve breakfast to non-residents on Saturday and Sunday but booking in advance is required (01691 600665). it is £14.95 per person, this includes tea/coffee and juice, a large buffet with yogurts, fruit and meats etc, and a choice of hot food.History
If you want to read up on Wayfarer there are some good pages on the Cycling North Wales website including the full text of his famous account of snowy ride a hundred years ago.
Looking forward to a great weekend!