A cold day in Wales – Bala with all the trimmings

The blossom in the garden and the weather reports all suggested that spring and warmer weather was on the way. The ice warning light on my dash suggested otherwise.

The snowflake on the display and the flashing 2ºC had me reaching for the heated grip button. Despite the bright sunshine the wind was strong and bitterly cold. Even as I arrived at my Chester meeting spot the temperature was struggling to hit 4ºC. I got off the bike rubbing my hands furiously trying to revive my pinky finger.

Meeting up at Chester

The route

Today’s route was heavily influenced by a previous trip which took in two of my favourite valley passes. These were the Bwlch Pen Barras overlooking Ruthin and Bwlch y Groes, the second highest in Wales.

The meat in this valley sandwich was the market town and the waters of Bala. A popular destination for bikes with good routes around what is the largest natural lake in Wales.

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