This is the first in a series of blog posts about cycling around Drefach Felindre. The first time I came here was by bike, to rest my weary bones at the mill whilst on a ride from Aberystwyth to Haverfordwest. Now I’m a permanent resident and still have a bike as my primary means of transport. Over the coming months I’ll be posting about a few rides I’ve taken around the area.
Drefach Felindre to Aberporth
Only a mile’s ride from Drefach Felindre is Route 82, part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network. Depending on which direction you take, it could lead you to Lampeter, Aberystwyth or into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.
We decided to take the 82 as far as the lovely nearby town of Newcastle Emlyn, then leave it and head north along the B4333 to Aberporth for a day at the beach, which is about a 25 mile round trip.
Cycling through Wales, particularly near the coast is always going to take a bit of effort. Never having cycled to Aberporth before I wasn’t aware of the miles of climbing involved. Luckily, we left nice and early and rode most of the way there through the moist morning mist, completely oblivious to the size of the upcoming hills that stretched out before us.
Thankfully, an hour or so into the ride, the sun broke through, just in time for the descent to the beach.
After a lovely relaxing thrash around in the surprisingly warm waters, a cup of tea from the beachside cafe and a picnic lunch it was time to head home to the mill in Drefach Felindre.
The really-not-too-bad climb from the beach along the B4333 leads to a relatively flat couple of miles, followed by the exhilarating downhill into Cwn-Cou, Pont Ceri, Adpar and eventually Newcastle Emlyn. At this point we crossed the river, deciding to take a different route back to the mill, staying south of the Afon Teifi along the A484 through Pentrecagal, leaving the main road there for the final two miles of the journey.