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Saturday 24 August 1985
Tour: Snowdonia National Park
Day 3 Idwal Cottage to Pen-y-Pas

12 miles
9 Participants: Andrew Billington, Chris Hall, Jonathan Israel, Michael Jones, David Parry, Stephen Parry, Jeremy Paul, Rebecca Small, Paul Williams
Today we rode to Pen-y-Pas hostel, probably via Capel Curig so that we stayed deep inside the national park. The hostel is located at the base of Snowdon and an easy path to the summit provided plenty of entertainment for those taking part in the afternoon / evening walk.
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Ready to leave Idwal Cottage youth hostel
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Stephen, David and Chris at lake Glaslyn with Snowdon behind
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David, Stephen, Paul and Chris at lake Glaslyn
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David looking back to lake Glaslyn on the final walk to the top of Snowdon



Sunday 25 August 1985
Afternoon ride: Wrangaton
Showery
5 Participants: John Iles, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, Roger Simmons, Laurent Unknown
With the weather once again reminiscent of October, the few hardy souls prepared to brave the elements set off towards South Brent in good spirits. Whilst sheltering under a suitable oak tree on the main road to Wrangaton it was decided to make the rider shorter than would have been the case had climatic conditions been more favourable, so at Shute Cross we turned left and headed towards Avonwick via the charmingly-named Sign of the Owl Cross.

A slight diversion to avoid a busy stretch of main road became a longer diversion due to a navigational error, but Diptford is quite nice and we were soon back on course, returning home via Rattery – which must be jinxed for us as once again the group became separated here.



Sunday 25 August 1985
Tour: Snowdonia National Park
Day 4 Pen-y-Pas to Ffestiniog
Probably wet
18 miles
9 Participants: Andrew Billington, Chris Hall, Jonathan Israel, Michael Jones, David Parry, Stephen Parry, Jeremy Paul, Rebecca Small, Paul Williams
Today we probably rode to Ffestiniog hostel via Capel Curig, keeping us within the Snowdonia national park. No doubt the poor weather was the reason for the total absence of photos today.



Monday 26 August 1985
Tour: Snowdonia National Park
Day 5 Ffestiniog to Kings
Probably cloudy with damp spells
30 miles
9 Participants: Andrew Billington, Chris Hall, Jonathan Israel, Michael Jones, David Parry, Stephen Parry, Jeremy Paul, Rebecca Small, Paul Williams
Today we rode down the Dwyryd valley to Harlech where we spent some time exploring Harlech Castle. We then continued south to Barmouth and then inland to Kings yout hostel.
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Stephen Parry at Ffestiniog hostel
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Ffestiniog youth hostel
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View northwards from Harlech Castle
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Harlech Castle
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Paul Williams and David Parry at Harlech Castle
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Barmouth Bridge



Tuesday 27 August 1985
Tour: Snowdonia National Park
Day 6 Kings to Borth
Probably wet
33 miles
9 Participants: Andrew Billington, Chris Hall, Jonathan Israel, Michael Jones, David Parry, Stephen Parry, Jeremy Paul, Rebecca Small, Paul Williams
Today's ride took us through Dolgellau and then up a long clim before descending past the Alternative Energy Centre (which we probably stopped to look at) to Machynlleth. The final miles to the hostel at Borth were generally flat or downhill.
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Looks like an unscheduled stop somewhere for water refills, possibly at Machynlleth



Wednesday 28 August 1985
Tour: Snowdonia National Park
Day 7 Borth to Nant-y-Dernol
Sunny spells
37 miles
9 Participants: Andrew Billington, Chris Hall, Jonathan Israel, Michael Jones, David Parry, Stephen Parry, Jeremy Paul, Rebecca Small, Paul Williams
Today's ride took us inland through Tal-y-Bont up to the hills of mid Wales. We rode past the spectacular Nant-y-Moch reservoir and thence on to Nany-y-Dernol hostel. The day involved a fair amount of climbing (800m, with only 500m descents) but we witnessed some great views and the weather was not so bad.
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View from Bryn Mawr back down the valley towards Tal-y-Bont
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Nant-y-Moch reservoir
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Andrew Billington at Nant-y-Moch reservoir



Thursday 29 August 1985
Tour: Snowdonia National Park
Day 8 Nant-y-Dernol to Home

18 miles
9 Participants: Andrew Billington, Chris Hall, Jonathan Israel, Michael Jones, David Parry, Stephen Parry, Jeremy Paul, Rebecca Small, Paul Williams
There was more downhill than uphill on this our final day of cycling. We rode through Rhayader to get to Llandrindod where we caught the 12.20 train to Shrewsbury then changed at Crewe, Wolverhampton and Birmingham with groups breaking off at various stations to return to their own parts of the country. The Newton Abbot starters finally arrived home at 7.18pm.
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Chris Hall, Paul Williams, Stephen Parry and David Parry
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Jeremy Paul
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Jonathan Israel and Rebecca Small



Friday 30 August 1985
Evening ride: Rattery
Sunny
4 Participants: Michael Jones, Paul Palmer, Andrew Simmons, Marc Thorp
A different group provided an opportunity to re-run the 20th August ride to Rattery and Avonwick, the only difference being that darkness fell as we approached South Brent on this occasion.



Sunday 1 September 1985
Day ride: Widecombe
Fine and dry
5 Participants: Michael Jones, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, Paul Willard, Peter Willard
After riding via Hele Cross and Auswell Cross there was a small dilemma as we looked for a track marked on the map. But the search was to no avail so we continued to Stone Cross and Pudsham Down for an early lunch.

As we reached Cold East Cross Michael felt a little ill so he headed home. The rest of us carried on with the ride and during the afternoon we collected a creditable fifteen boxes! May all future letterbox rides be so successful?



Tuesday 3 September 1985
Social: Cycling Quiz

7 Participants: Michael Jones, Paul Palmer, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, Marc Thorp, Paul Willard, Peter Willard
A quiz on general cycling know-how demonstrated just how little everyone knew about their bikes. But don't worry, the winter social season will put things right.



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