A short cycle ride in the Dulas Valley, Wales
The outward route it follows a National Cycle Network route but the return journey follows the 'A' road, which, while busier, does give a change of scene. It’s also a straight downhill run – just freewheeling! For those who prefer to avoid traffic, it is possible to do a 'there and back' ride.
We begin at the small market town of Machynlleth. 'Small' is the operative word: consisting of just three streets with a population of less than 2,000. Despite its small size, it was suggested as a seat for the Welsh Assembly: undoubtedly the reason for this honour was the fact that Owain Glyndwr was crowned Prince of Wales here in 1404.
The black and white building that is generally known as Parliament House is still standing, but is believed to be of somewhat later date than that of Glyndwr's investiture. It is a Grade 1 listed building, and well worth a visit.
A word of advice – don’t do this ride on a Wednesday if you like shopping – you'll never get away. One of the best street markets in mid-Wales is to be found in Machynlleth and has been in existence for several hundred years. Its traders come from as far afield as Criceth, Caerleon and Coleshill.
You'll also find it difficult to manoeuvre through the hordes of people thronging the streets on market day...