At last i got round to planning a cycle which involved using the train and avoid using the car, i use the train on the Cambrian twice a week between Welshpool and Newtown then cycle after work back along the Montgomery canal tow path, which i have to say is really convenient, its cheep and keeps me fit and health plus i get to see the wild life for 15 miles.
With the train and cycle commute it inspired me to plan a bike ride - so jumping on the train with my partner Glenys, using my cambrian rail card and saving 20% with the ourselves and cycles pre- booked we traveled on the train taking the bikes and enjoying a blissful train journey to Machynlleth and from there we heading to Aberystwyth A487 with thankfully a few places were cycle path existed otherwise some careful road cycling.
A pleasant stop of to admire the huge and well preserved waterwheel at Furnace, which the waterwheel is.....a mid 18th century waterwheel to make pig iron.
Very few hills along the A487 the as far as Trer ddol its a right turn onto the B4353 which were heading towards Ynyslas and then the totally fast and flat ride into the small seaside town of Borth and of course to enjoy a morning coffee.
Now the things have changed in the way of flat roads, leaving borth its heading up the B4572 on a 25% gradient, which i have to say was a challenge but also worth it for the great views over Cardigan bay and looking north it was easy to pick out the mountains of Snowdonia