The Minister began his bike ride at Holyhead on Sunday 1st April and cycled the 65 miles to Porthmadog for an overnight stay. He then set off at 8am this morning to cycle the 25 miles to Coed Y Brenin.
Coed y Brenin is one of Forestry Commission Wales’ premier recreation sites and is renowned for its world class mountain bike trails. The visitor centre includes a café, cycle shop and bike hire, an all-ability play area and a trail leading to a riverside picnic site.
Speaking from Coed Y Brenin, the Minister said:
“I am delighted to be undertaking this 285 mile bike ride from Holyhead to Cardiff. It is great to have the opportunity to cycle through Wales’ stunning countryside and to experience world class cycle facilities such as the ones here in Coed Y Brenin.
“I know that many cyclists visit Wales specifically for our cycling trails, paths and facilities and looking around Coed Y Brenin, and its spectacular views it is easy to see why. Indeed last year alone Coed Y Brenin attracted an impressive 150,000 visitors to the area which is great news for the local economy.”
“Some of the trails here are not for the faint of heart but I would encourage anyone to cycle. It really is a great way of keeping fit, and a great way of enjoying Wales’ unique coast and countryside, particularly over the Easter break.”
Whilst at Coed Y Brenin the Minister met staff and visitors, toured the facilities and saw how they had developed with the help of several million pounds worth of Welsh Government and WEFO funding.
The centre is an ecologically sound and sustainable design with views over the tree tops to the 3000 ft peak of Cader Idris.
Following his visit, the Minister will cycle the 50 miles to Aberystwyth. He will arrive back in Cardiff at around 5pm on Wednesday.
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