A last minute BAM for July. That's 7/7 for this year.
Start near Llangollen and trundle along the canal towpath to where the Ellesmere canal begins, then back lanes to Glyndyfrdwy (on the A5), then start climbing. Lots of climbing to the summit of Moel Ferna and down to the old slate quarry of that name
On the way up:-
The track was a bit overgrown, as you can see.
Guess what I had for breakfast?
I pootled around for a little while, just looking. These concrete pillars looked a little incongruous amongst all the slate buildings
Mine's the one on the left. I don't fancy yours much.
The start of the descent:-
An inclined ramp that led down to a horrible little stretch full of deep motorbike troughs that had grown over and were invisible until my wheels or feet plunged in to axles or knees. Too dangerous to ride, but thankfully, not too long.
When the track levelled out on to the old railway, it was rideable but....
'S funny, but under all that bracken was a clear level path with short grass. Easily rideable. The challenge was forcing a path through the eye-level fronds. The only clue where the path lay, was a slight dip in the height of the bracken. There were a couple of boggy patches, a couple of styles to lift over and a fence, but on the whole, an easy passage, slightly down hill most of the way. I don't think it would be so much fun going the other way.
Another inclined plane to another quarry:-
Then down a path to the old Pandy slate mill where the slate was finished.
And finally, anyone for some male bonding?
Finished in Llangollen with a "Croque Madame" (fancy cheese-on-toast with ham and a fried egg, and a pint of IPA at Gales Wine Bar with my daughter.
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