Even stronger winds were forecast for today, so once again plan B (or it could have been plan C) was decided on. To avoid the winds the route today would keep us mainly within river valleys and the chance to see more waterfalls.
We parked in Ganllwyd and walked up north alongside the Afon Mawddach and through Coed Y Brenin.
There are a number of bike trails through the woods with some interesting names.
You will note from the route map a property shown as “Ferndale”, which is now on sale but looked like it had been set up as accommodation to take advantage of the popular mountain bike trade, but it is in the middle of nowhere. We had a coffee break near here.
Continuing on the path we came to the junction of the Afon Gain and Afon Mawddach, both with large waterfalls.
There is a bridge here and if you look carefully underneath, the original bridge structure is steadily collapsing.
After some photos we continued up the Afon Mawddach where we came across what appeared to be a disbanded mine. There were a number of unwelcoming signs here which suggested that one should not enter. However as the public footpath goes through here and no diversions we continued on. The land does need care but once through the area a typical upland path appears and at the end there is a public footpath sign pointing back down.
We were now back on a minor road which would make for some interesting motoring. We stayed on the road and then took the National Cycle Trail number 8 which headed south. It had now began to snow so we took shelter in the woods to have lunch.
We were now back near the Afon Gain. The bike route switches back and fore a bit and then takes you alongside the Afon Eden, the third of today’s rivers.
We were unlucky for the last quarter of a mile as the rain had began to fall and we were glad of our rain wear.