Bike exploring: Help for Heroes
OS GetOutside Champion, Helen Pollard, takes us on a great Mountain Bike (MTB) route used as part of the delivery of MTB leadership training to Phoenix House staff in collaboration with Cycling UK.
Llyn Brianne is a spectacular reservoir nestled in the Doethie Valley, Mid Wales surround by the beautiful Tywi Forest. It was named after a stream Nant y Bryniau, which in English translates stream in the hills. This picturesque body of water is the head of the River Tywi.
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Beneath the tranquil waters of Llyn Brianne lies the old Fanog farm, which was flooded in 1972 to create the reservoir we see today. On the rare occasion the water levels drop, only then the farm is visible. This area boasts an abundance of wildlife including the rare red squirrel. Travel along the narrow road which winds up towards the dam. The scenic road then meanders on through the beautiful forest alongside the lake.
There are many parking areas along the way to stop and take in the breathtaking views of the waters below. There is also a visitor parking area at the base of the dam’s spillway. The wonderful attraction of this area apart from its outstanding beauty is how accessible it is to people of all abilities, enabling all to experience its beauty.
This area is popular with road cyclists, mountain bikers and walkers. It’s even an ideal location for an afternoon picnic and a short stroll.
Finish - 22 km
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When not working every spare minute of Tracy's time is spent up mountains with her two best pals Asher and Marley (her dogs).
Tracy became obsessed with triangulation pillars in April 2016 and has bagged 100 in the past 6 months – although Asher and Marley's tally must also be pretty high!
Tracy lives on the outskirts of Brecon Beacons National Park, and is our resident GetOutside expert for the area. Tracy also has a passion for photography, so expect many dog photos from her!