Bothies…

One of the areas we aim to explore in 2017 is bikepacking. The idea of putting a few things in a bag and heading off down the road to spend a night or three under the stars is something that appeals greatly. However, when there are no stars to see, the wind is howling and conditions turn biblical sometimes a brick & mortar shelter is the order of the day. Bothying As people started to retreat from their remote farms to look for work in the cities, many of the buildings they vacated were left where they stood. Some of these … Continue reading Bothies…

St David's Day…by bike!

March 1st is St David’s Day here in Wales. The good news is, for 2016 CADW is to open a number of its historic castles and monuments to the public for free. Many of Wales’s heritage sites are to open up for free this St David’s Day (1 March 2016), as visitors are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy Cadw sites across the country without charge. Source: Welsh heritage sites to open for free on St David’s Day Unfortunately, Cardiff Castle isn’t on the list because it is run by Cardiff Council, but Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle are. … Continue reading St David's Day…by bike!

Forest Tea Rooms, Tongwynlais

With the Taff Trail being such a well-worn path, it’s surprising that there’s a lack of commercial activity trying to take advantage of it, at least through Cardiff. However, every so often, something interesting turns up. Forest Tea Rooms is set just off Heol-y-Fforest (it’s the next left after the castle as you head up from Tongwynlais) and is part of a number of different enterprises, most notably a wood burning stove retailer. Given the wood-burning stove connection, there’s no prizes for guessing where Forest Tea Rooms gets its heat from. The place is littered with wood burning stoves that … Continue reading Forest Tea Rooms, Tongwynlais