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Walk 1 – Y Wylfa and The Roman Steps
1. From the Clock tower, walk along the road towards Aberystwyth. When you reach the first mini-roundabout, turn LEFT, and then veer to the RIGHT to walk across the front of Y Plas building. Continue past the playground and veer right to walk by the car park. When you emerge at the main road turn LEFT to join a footpath, signed as Glyndwr’s Way. Go through a gate and soon you will be climbing the Roman Steps. Take great care, as they can be slippery. Pass through a gate to Cae-Gybi Cottages. Continue along a grassy path to eventually join a road.
2. Continue ahead, eventually turning RIGHT where a faint track joins the road. Now follow the rough path to the summit of Y Wylfa, the Dyfi Valley and the mountains to the north. Return by the same route.
Walk 2 – Down by the Dyfi
1.From the clock tower walk towards the station and take the first LEFT by Royal House to walk down the Garsiwn. Turn RIGHT at the bottom then veer left to walk between houses in the far left-hand corner of a ‘triangle’. Walk down narrow path between houses (ignore the field gate on the left) to go through a metal kissing-gate and enter a field. Now walk with the fence to you left, cross a stile and continue with a ditch to your left to reach a rough bridge and stile. Cross these and continue to another stile ahead (and don’t forget to turn around for an unusual view of the Machynlleth skyline). It can be very muddy here during wet weather. Cross this and maintain your direction towards the railway and a prominent crossing sign.
2.Cross a stile and climb up to the line, then STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN. Only when you are certain it is safe to do so, cross the line and walk down to the stile opposite, and cross this. Follow the path through a patch of rough ground and cross a stile to join a track. Now cross a ladder stile opposite to walk on a concessionary path between field boundaries on Tir Gofal land, where access with a dog may be restricted during lambing time. When you reach an open field Veer left to reach another ladder stile. Cross this and carry on ahead to reach the Afon Dyfi.
3.Turn RIGHT and walk with the river to your left. Cross a stile and continue to eventually reach another stile, which you cross. Carry on to reach a stile beside Pont Ar Dyfi. Cross this and turn RIGHT to walk along the dedicated roadside track towards Machynlleth. There are good views up and down the Dyfi Valley, and you will also see the interesting buildings of the Dyfi Eco Park. When the track ends just before the Railway Bridge and station carefully cross the road and negotiate your way to the raised pavement under the bridge. Continue back towards the clock tower, passing the War Memorial and the Tabernacl on your left.
Walk 3 – Forge and the Golf Course
1.From the clock-tower walk along Maengwyn Street, continuing ahead when the road forks to the right opposite a fish & chip shop. Pass the access road to the golf club, pass an electricity sub-station and then turn RIGHT down steps at a break in the crash barrier, before the road crosses the river. Veer left to walk beside the river and when you reach a ladder stile, cross it and continue beside the river. When you reach another stile, cross it and continue. You then approach farm buildings, where you turn RIGHT to walk beside them, turn LEFT to go through a gate. Turn RIGHT to walk up to a road.
2.Turn LEFT, cross the road when it is safe to do so, and continue. When you reach a road junction by the bridge in Froge, continue AHEAD for a few paces to reach a gate on the right. Go through and turn HALF-LEFT to walk uphill on a fine green track, which soon veers right, then left, and continues to climb to reach a gate at the top of the field.
3.Go through the gate and turn RIGHT to walk along a lane. When you reach two gates ahead, go through the LEFT-hand one, leaving the road and following a track with a fence to the right and, soon, a great view ahead. As the vista opens, swing LEFT along a faint track (leaving your earlier track beneath you to the right) to walk towards a gully, with rocks on either side. Walk through the gully, emerging on a narrow path with curves right to overlook the golf course. Now walk across the course, TAKING GREAT CARE to avoid golf balls and keeping off the ‘greens’, heading towards the right-hand side of a bracken-covered hill ahead, and some black and white posts by the road.
4.When you reach the road, turn LEFT and walk along the road to a cattle grid, where you turn RIGHT and then veer right uphill along a path. Follow this path over the hill and down to a gate, passing the Gorsedd Stones erected for the 1938 eisteddfod. Go through the gate and Turn LEFT to return to the start.
Walk 4 – The Centre for Alternative Technology
1.From the entrance to the Centre for Alternative Technology car park, to left of the cliff railway station and the access road, follow the sign posted “Woodland Walk’ uphill. When you reach the top of this path turn LEFT up steps signed to ‘Wind Turbines’. When you reach the top of this path, cross the stile on the left and then walk half-right uphill to a gate, with a wind turbine over to your left.
2.Go through the gate, turn RIGHT, and then after a few paces veer left to follow a faint grassy track uphill. When the track is no longer visible maintain your direction up the initial slope until you reach a more pronounced low hill. Veer slightly left to walk around the side of this until you see a gate and stile into the forestry ahead, beside a tall wind turbine. Go over the stile and follow the track until you join a forest road at a T-junction, where you turn LEFT. Follow the track for a little over 100 metres, and then turn LEFT down a clear forest track.
3.Cross the way marked stile and walk in the direction indicated by the way mark, roughly parallel to a stream on the left. As you approach a cwm, head towards a way marked gate. Go through the gate, pass a small pond on the right and follow the distinct track, which zigzags and continues around the slope. Go through a gate and bear left downhill along a fine green lane beside a fence. Go through a gate and continue ahead along the track. Cross a small stream and carry on. Go through a gate with a splendid ‘Beware of the Bull’ sign on the other side (don’t worry – we are told it has been may years since a bull was kept here!) and carry on.
4.Cross a stile beside a gate by some houses and veer right down to the road. Turn LEFT along the road to return to the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Walk 5 – Commins Coch and Commins Gwalia
IF you are arriving from Machynlleth, cross the bridge on the tight bend over the Afon Twymyn in Commins Coch, and immediately turn LEFT to pass under the railway. Continue by houses until you arrive at a clear wide area beside the road, where you can park (DO NOT park in private lay-bys).
1.Continue along the road, walking to reach a lane which forks to the LEFT, signed ‘Glyntwymyn’. Walk along this to reach a gate signed ‘Footpath’. Go through this and continue, passing below the house to reach a small gate on your right (ignore the larger gate ahead). Go through, turn LEFT, go through a gate and then take the RIGHT-hand gate to continue along a clear green track. Carry on, and continue ahead when a track forks to the right.
2.You join a gravel track, which forms part of Glyndwr’s Way. Turn very sharp RIGHT here to follow the track, soon veering off to the LEFT to follow a way marked grassy track uphill. When you reach a rusty gate ahead, ignore this and continue AHEAD, walking uphill with a fence to your left to reach a gate. Go through this and walk towards a way mark post on the horizon ahead. When you reach it veer slightly right to walk to a wooden gate.
3.Go through the gate and walk downhill towards Rhyd-yr-Aderyn. Go through a gate and continue. The track bends to the left, goes through a gate and passes the house to your right. Pass an attractive stone barn to your left and then veer right off the track to go through the left-hand of two gates. Follow the track, with a fence to your right. The track bends sharp right with the fence, to reach a gate. Go through and continue, passing through a further five gates and following Glyndwr’s Way before reaching the road near Gwalia.
4.Continue ahead along the lane, keeping to the tarmac. When you reach a T-junction, turn RIGHT to return to the start.
Walk 6 – Derwenlas and the Llyfnant Valley
1.Facing the Black Lion pub in Derwenlas, walk to the right uphill to leave the village. Ignore a road, which leaves to the left, and carry on ahead. Go through a gate roughly signed for Ty Coch and continue past the house to reach another gate, which you go through and continue along the road.
2.Go through a gate below Tynohir and then fork LEFT along an unsurfaced lane way marked for ‘Mach 1’ cycle route. After a few yards go through a gate and continue, ignoring a fork which heads uphill to the left, and carrying straight on, also ignoring a lane that joins from the right. Go through a gate and continue towards the Llyfnant Valley. Soon you pass through a wooden gate above a little ruined cottage. Carry on, passing a house and continuing ahead along a green lane.
3.Do not go through the gate ahead but turn LEFT just after a tree with three trunks, opposite a metal gate. Climb the hillside following a feint rough track, which veers left and then right up to a gate. Go through and veer left uphill (ignoring the more obvious track ahead) following the course of an old bridleway. Head towards the far corner of a forest plantation in the distance ahead, where you will see a gate. Cross a small brow and continue uphill.
4.When you reach the gate go through and veer right along a track, still climbing. When the track forks go to the RIGHT and carry on ahead, soon walking on grass. As you cross the brow of the hill a stile comes into view ahead. Cross this and carry on. Soon you descend to a road, where you turn LEFT and continue. Just before the road curves to the left, above Cynffyrch, continue straight ahead along a bridleway, which drops down to a track, where you turn sharp RIGHT. Continue downhill and, just before the entrance to Cynffyrch, turn sharp LEFT down a way marked path. Go through a small metal gate to enter a wood, where the path zigzags downhill to the road, where you turn sharp RIGHT to return to Derwenlas and the Black Lion.
Machynlleth is rapidly becoming recognised as one of the Mountain Biking Capitals of Europe. There are a number of speciality trails through the forest and over the mountains. Trails for beginners, the most experienced and the bravest! The famous Mach 1, Mach 2 and Mach 3. Mach 1 is a great starting point for beginners and gives you a taste of whats on offer, this is about 16 kilometres. Mach 2 is the in between one, taking you steeply upwards and wickedly fast downwards, testing out how good you and your skills are, 24 kilometres. Finally the Mach 3, hope you enjoy a thrill, it takes you way out into the wilderness, 'the chute' is the sharpest rocky trail imaginable, 30 kilometres.
The original Mach 1-3 trails take you as far out into the wilderness as you want to go on natural, but no less challenging trails. Meanwhile the more recent cli-machx trail winds you high into the Dyfi forest before firing you down superbly technical single-track descents that seem to go on forever.
Mach 1 is a great 'starting point so you get a taste of what is on offer'. This route takes you South West out of Machynlleth to the neighbouring village of Derwenlas and along the picturesque Llyfnant Valley. The route returns via the highest point of Bryn Coch Bach, the point where Mach 1, 2 and 3 meet, with a screaming descent back down to Machynlleth. A fast rather than technical 16km, although considerably more tricky in the wet.
Mach 2 is the 'middle-Mach, taking you steeply upwards and wickedly fast downwards - a great test of your skills'. This route takes you South East out of the town along the river Dulas and across open farmland where you ride along Glyndwr's WAy, made famous by the first prince of Wales, before dropping down to Talbontdrain. A steep climb up to the forest is followed by a long flowing descent to Bryn Coch Bach, and then the final descent of Mach 1.
Mach 3 is 'the route daddy, taking you out into the wilderness'. This route shares some trail with Mach 2, before heading off South through forest and onto the moorsbefore returning along some sweet track and grass descents. From the furthest point, the adventurous can take a spectacular cxross country ride all the way to Nant- Yr- Arian. The highlkight of the return leg is 'The Chute', very steep and very rocky, and to top it off - very dark.
The Cli-machx was built in 2005 by ecotrails and is sited in the Dyfi forest; home of the Howies Dyfi Enduro. It's a 15kmround trip, with 9km of built single track with compressions and whoops, rock slb drop offs and some beautiful flowing turns. The last descent is the longest in Wales and features rocky jumps; watch out for the 'eye of the needle'; a huge jump with a narrow landing between two trees on the other side. The final is a sequence of eight huge berms following quickly after each other. Hit them high enough and fast enough and they ride really well, but don't look down.
Even though you might be trying your hardest not to fall off, don't forget to enjoy those views!
Here is another hot spot for mountain bikers just the otherside of Aberystwyth. It has three tracks to offer, The Pendam Trail, The Summit Trail and The Syfydrin Trail.
The Pendam trail is the shortest of 6 miles and combines sections of the 'Summit' and 'Syfydrin' trails to give you a taste of the fantastic scenery, it does though include technically singletrack and some hard climbs.
The Summit trail is the middle one of ten miles, it offers superb views and riding on flowing twisty singletrack.
The Syfydrin trail is the big one of 22 miles, this takes you well off into the countryside with its fantastic swooping, flowing singletrack and it takes out onto the high open hills with superb views to stop and take in.
While you are at Nant-Y-Arian you can also enjoy plenty of walks in the forest and see the Red Kites being fed, a beautiful sight on a sunny day.