After a good warm spell I was really looking forward to a mountain biking trip at our awesome accommodation at Coed-y-Brenin, near Dolgellau. We had a group of mates staying for three nights; they usually do a long weekend in Spain but wanted to try something different and a little cheaper so I sorted them out with a 3 day trip in the middle of Welsh mountain biking heaven. The cottage is brilliant too, a converted welsh longhouse lovingly restored with loads of space secure bike storage and plenty of off street parking.
I arrived early on Thursday to set up the accommodation, sneak in a ride then get cracking with the cooking. We were having a roast chicken and pea risotto for dinner followed by a cherry and dark chocolate cheese cake. So got the chicken in the oven and made the cheesecake then popped out a for quick blast on the trails behind the cottage. Got back in time to greet the guests with a cup of tea before they dashed off to ride the Cyflyn Coch trail at Coed-y-Brenin while I made some flapjacks for the packed lunches. Dinner was served at 8, food went down well with most people having seconds.
Friday morning and the weather looked a bit iffy but after a hearty plate of Wales finest cooked produce and packed lunches all the guys were super keen to hit the trials. The joy of a trail centre is that you can ride them in most conditions so a little rain did not bother them in the morning as they tackled the Minor Taur and then the sun came out for the Dragons Back in the afternoon. I managed to ride the dragons back too, ending the afternoon with a cappuccino on the terrace at the café. Got love the trail centre facilities!
Tea and cake (banana and walnut loaf) was waiting for the guests while I made dinner. Thee courses tonight: Pea and ricotta macaroni, slow roast pork with summer vegetables (onion tartin for the veggie) and then a strawberry tart. Proved very popular, clean plates and seconds all round!
Saturday and the weather was looking good. After another fine breakfast the guys decided to drive 45 minutes to ride the Marin Trail at Llanrwst in the morning and then Penmachno in the afternoon. The Marin split the group but the all loved Penmachno. It’s worth saying that the Marin has a lot of scope for longer days out including the Llyn Cowlyd loop and Gwydr Woods has loads of amazing trails for those prepared to explore.
After getting back the chaps squeezed in a few beers at the George III pub across the Mawddach river before dinner. Cake was on off too, cinnamon and almond this time. Big days out need big feeds: Cheese and leek toasties; roast lamb, minted pea puree, potatoes rosti and rosemary gravy followed by chocolate and hazelnut cake hit the spot.
Sadly all good things come to an end and after breakfast on Sunday it was time to check out. Some went straight home but some rode some more trails at Coed-y-Brenin, four days straight – impressive! All the guys had a great time and were already taking about booking again.
Look forward to welcome them back any time.