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Chester to Ludlow via Snowdonia.

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I'm planning my Summer 'Avoid Wimbledon' trip
Last year I did Fishguard to Ludlow...
This year I fancy getting the train to Chester then collecting 9 BCQ checkpoints over 4 days.
Heading over the top of Wales to Abergele then mostly heading South via Bala, Wayfarers Monument, and wiggling back to Ludlow.
I may need some routing advice...
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godivatrailrider wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 12:22 pm heading South via Bala, Wayfarers Monument, and wiggling back to Ludlow.
I reckon you've covered it there, no advice needed :smile: . Just follow your nose with the bits in between :smile: .
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:grin:

Anyone know of reasonable spots around Bala ? Lake or town, I need to go to both ends.. so fairly flexible ... campsite or wild is ok.
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Only ever used big, family campsites near Bala.
As per Facebook, I've sent you a message on FB messenger re the section from Flint to Dyserth.
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ootini wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 3:23 pm Only ever used big, family campsites near Bala.
As per Facebook, I've sent you a message on FB messenger re the section from Flint to Dyserth.
Can't see a message anywhere...
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PM'd you on here
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Anyone know of reasonable spots around Bala ? Lake or town, I need to go to both ends.. so fairly flexible ... campsite or wild is ok.
Ooh ooh ooh - SH 956328. Into the picnic area / car park and bear right into the trees ... some lovely spots beside the river.
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Bearbonesnorm wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 9:55 pm
Anyone know of reasonable spots around Bala ? Lake or town, I need to go to both ends.. so fairly flexible ... campsite or wild is ok.
Ooh ooh ooh - SH 956328. Into the picnic area / car park and bear right into the trees ... some lovely spots beside the river.
I’m 99% sure we checked this out to camp in the Van… except there were already 2 vans there in full party mode … we left.
Do you mean going over the bridge and up the fire road a little? Like 50m. Seemed to be a bench or two iirc and then an old house further up the track 🤔
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Do you mean going over the bridge and up the fire road a little? Like 50m. Seemed to be a bench or two iirc and then an old house further up the track
I recall we went over the bridge, turned right then walked through the trees by the side of the river. We didn't have to go very far before we found some nice flat clearings amongst the trees. It is a few years ago, so maybe 'van-life' has caught up with the place although we were out of the way of the carpark where we were.
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Bearbonesnorm wrote: Fri Jan 06, 2023 10:08 am
Do you mean going over the bridge and up the fire road a little? Like 50m. Seemed to be a bench or two iirc and then an old house further up the track
I recall we went over the bridge, turned right then walked through the trees by the side of the river. We didn't have to go very far before we found some nice flat clearings amongst the trees. It is a few years ago, so maybe 'van-life' has caught up with the place although we were out of the way of the carpark where we were.
Cheers Stu. It's certainly a good option :)
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Bearbonesnorm wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 9:55 pm
Anyone know of reasonable spots around Bala ? Lake or town, I need to go to both ends.. so fairly flexible ... campsite or wild is ok.
Ooh ooh ooh - SH 956328. Into the picnic area / car park and bear right into the trees ... some lovely spots beside the river.
Seconded. Ridden past it a few times and noted how good it was. Only went higher up that road last year to get more of a sunset view.
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godivatrailrider wrote: Thu Jan 05, 2023 12:22 pm Heading over the top of Wales to Abergele then mostly heading South via Bala, Wayfarers Monument, and wiggling back to Ludlow.
I may need some routing advice...
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40662243

I can vouch for this road / tracks mix ride, based on Stuart's BB520 and some of the Offa's Bike plus the Wayfarer's W to E. I edited some of the less successful bits and what I actually rode, this is the post-ride revised version.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40815531 - this is the original inc the higher track just SE of Bala that I didn't take in the end. I took a flatter alt track to get to the E end of Vyrnwy which was a really good way to go.
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Many thanks ... I'll compare to my current version of the route. I can see there's certainly some overlap already with a cursory look !
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It's drawing close ... next week in fact .... and it's now morphed into something different, a circular from and to Chester. After Bala there was only a single BCQ point in Montgomery (which I've subsequently got) for me to collect so I've taken it over Wayfarers and down the Ceiriog valley, picking up 4 BCQ's on the way back to Chester. It means I'm no longer covering any familiar territory. Bonus.
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This trip went well ! 183 miles and 13,000 including the Wayfarers pass over the Berwyns to the Ceriog Valley
Picked up 13 BCQ points along the way too
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I am having a poor year on the BCQ’s, well done one your ride. I have only got 4 this year on all on one day before getting ill in the evening. But for the illness I would have got 3 more but even so I need to pull my socks up to get to at least 20 this year.
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godivatrailrider wrote: Mon Jul 10, 2023 2:02 pm This trip went well ! 183 miles and 13,000 including the Wayfarers pass over the Berwyns to the Ceriog Valley
Picked up 13 BCQ points along the way too
Nice, and home in time for the end of the tennis too :lol: :lol:
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JohnClimber wrote: Thu Jul 13, 2023 12:25 pm
godivatrailrider wrote: Mon Jul 10, 2023 2:02 pm This trip went well ! 183 miles and 13,000 including the Wayfarers pass over the Berwyns to the Ceriog Valley
Picked up 13 BCQ points along the way too
Nice, and home in time for the end of the tennis too :lol: :lol:
Lucky me!
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Interesting, never come across that before.

Sounds like a good way to ‘cobble’ a tour together :-bd
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Sorry I missed the Question... didn't seem much interest in the thread so I forgot to look.
It's all free, 6 points in every county, there will be a question at a POI, get the answer, photograph the bike at the POI.
I gives me a goal, like WRT, to ride somewhere I wouldn't normally go. Keeps me entertained anyway.
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