There’ll be a few that are riding Llanberis for the first time this year, so here are a few details to let you know what is going on.
We’re only going for one night,so you don’t need to bring everything and the kitchen sink(!) There will be a van in which you can place your bags, and all of your gear will magically turn up at the hotel in Llanberis ready for your arrival. Have spare clothes to wear for the evening, and it’s best to have clean dry cycling clothes for Sunday.
See it as a long club run and come prepared. So, a drink, your usual snacks, spare inners etc. Common sense. There will be support, but don’t rely on a neutral Mavic service car or full professional team to change your wheel to get back into the game in seconds!
We intend to start the day at 08:00, so meet at Weaver Valley Cycling Club – Burrows Hill, Hartford CW8 3AA – as we usually do for club runs (for those who have ridden Llanberis before this is a different location than in previous years and is at our new home that we share with Winnington Park RFC), well before then. This gives everyone a chance to get organised, and get into the appropriate groups (there are over 60 people riding, so the groups will be split to keep things safe out on the road) Ideally, if you get there around 07:30 on Saturday, it gives us time to be organised,
We’ll then get sent off into the wilds towards Ruthin, where we will stop for food at the Craft Centre in Ruthin – (Ruthin Craft Centre, Park Road, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1BB T: 01824 704774).
From here, we’ll head out through Denbigh, and out over the moors towards Betwys-y-Coed, then up the Capel Curig. Here, you’ll get another chance to get a brew if you need one, at the Pinnacle Cafe.
Then it’s the last push onto Llanberis, over Pen-y-Pass, and onto the welscome comfort of the Victoria Hotel (The Royal Victoria Hotel Snowdonia Llanberis Gwynedd Wales LL55 4TY Phone: 01286 870 253).
We head back, but off the A5, head through the forest, back to Ruthin Craft Centre for our Sunday lunch top-up, before the last leg home.
There will be a couple of vans out with us, so should you have a mechanical issue, help is on hand! During both outward and return journey, it’s advisable to stay with a group, as it’s awfully lonely on your own over Denbigh Moors(!), and you get to join in with the banter and encouragement of the other club members!
For more details including contact details, see below:
LLANBERIS WEEKEND 2015
Ann Gregory 07429277921
Graham Gregory 07875195931
Alan Silver ( Bag Van ) 07530809870
Jim Williams ( Broom Van) 07891555048
Julian Perrett 07802191971
Royal Victoria Quality Hotel, Llanberis/Snowdonia 01286 870253
The hotel is positioned directly opposite the Snowdon Railway.
The rooms have been allocated prior to our arrival, this was a request by the hotel to make the allotment of rooms quicker and easier on our arrival.
Leave by 8.15am. latest. Winnington Park RFC Burrows Hill Hartford, Northwich
Cheshire CW8 3AA
Weaverham – Crowton – Hatchmere
Ashton right on to the A556 to Tarvin. Left to Austins Hill – Right and left across A51 to Waverton – Right into Chester left down Bridge Street over the river Dee through Handbridge to the Traffic Lights Left – Right – left to Kinnerton. In Kinnerton turn right up to the A5104 – Left and then first left to Pennyffordd – left at the bottom of the hill then 200 yards to Pontbleiddyn at staggered cross roads cross the A541 follow the A5104 through Coed Talon, Treuddyn to Llandegla – At traffic lights turn right on to the A525 down the Nant-y-Garth pass to Ruthin FIRST STOP Ruthin craft Centre
Ruthin to Denbigh on A525 then left on A543 over the Sportsman to Pentrefoelas – Turn right on to the A5 to Betws-y-Coed. Left on A5 over bridge to Capel Curig. SECOND STOP IF YOU NEED IT – Café on the junction of A5 and A4086.
Leave Capel Curig taking the A4086 to the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel.
IF YOU ARRIVE AT THE TURNING FOR LLANBERIS PASS BEFORE 2.30 AND YOU WANT A FEW EXTRA MILES CONTINUE DOWN THE NANGWYNANT TO BEDDGELERT. AT BEDDGELERT FOLLOW THE SIGN FOR CAERNARFON WHICH IS THE A4085. CONTINUE ALONG THE A4085 UNTIL YOU COME TO A ROUNDABOUT JUST BEFORE CAEATHERO. AT THE ROUNDABOUT TURN RIGHT TO PONT-RUG AT JUNCTION OF A4086 TURN RIGHT AND FOLLOW THE A4086 TO LLANBERIS.
IF AFTER 2.30, Turn right onto the Llanberis Pass (Penny Pass) follow the A4086 over the pass and down to Llanberis. Hotel on your right just before the Snowdon Railway.
Dependant on the Weather, the fast group can do the loop round to Bedgellet and up the Nangwynant then follow the A5 down to Cerrigyddrudion where left through the Clocaenog Forrest OR they can set out 15 mins later than the slower group and when they get to Pentrefoelas turn left over the Sportsman and retrace to Ruthin.
The second group
Leave the hotel to the Llanberis pass to join the A5 on the decent and continue on the A5 to Cerrigyddrudion where left onto B5105 through Clocaenog Forrest to Ruthin STOPPING AT THE CRAFT CENTRE
From Ruthin both groups go up the A494 to Loggerheads then to Mold – A 549 towards Broughton, but turn right down to Kinnerton and retrace route – Chester – Waverton – Tarvin – Ashton –Hatchmere – Weaverham.
From Chester the support van will go direct to the Rugby club.
Anyone who requires their bags can pick them up from either Rugby club or at Dunkerry, Gibb Hill, Antrobus after 7pm Sunday evening or we can bring them to the Club Room on Tuesday night.
Hope you all enjoy the weekend – G Gregory.