On Day 1 we did route 17 from our trusty Welsh Mountain biking book.....
These are pics of the B&B we stayed in at Betws-y-Coed, it was called Bod Gwynedd it was just based just outside the town - only a short walking distance- and we had a fab stay here. Our room was of a very high standard and we had a hearty breakfast in the morning to keep us going, Bev and Joe are 'outdoorsy' and walkers and cyclists are well catered for and they gave us loads of info about the area. I landed in a bog on the saturday and they happily dried my gear out!
With our new knowledge of mountain biking around Betws-y-Coed we then went to Penmachno to do the trail there and we thought it was better than the Marin Trail. It was a bit dodgy at the start as it had rained that morning and it was very slippy but the days weather improved and the conditions became drier.
Afterwards we stopped at the Conwy Falls Cafe which was a cracking cafe....the breakfasts looked great and the place had a good 'feel' to it. It was also a lovely building having been designed by the same architect who produced Portmeirion.
On our journey home we called in at Trefriw Mill, with my weaving background I was keen to call in. They produce traditional Welsh tweeds which are technically 'double cloths', it is a working mill that you can go and visit and there is retail therapy and a cafe. Their fabrics - I think - are very retro and pretty fab, I like some of the colourings but I felt they could be developed a lot more.... I particularly liked their exhibits which were from the 50's and 60's - they were really cool. The gorgeous blue window house had the most amazing cottage garden that had a range of flowers and plants which were labelled and can be used for dyeing.