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THINGS YOU WOULDN'T NORMALLY DO AT A BIKE FEST

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1. WALK TO LAKE CAU ON CADER IDRIS

Ride or drive to the National Trust car park at the foot of Wales' most sacred mountain. Parking is 6 miles from Machynlleth. The uphill walk takes 40 minutes to the lake, optional hike around the summit 2 hours. Be weather briefed; OS Explorer Map L23.

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2. TAKE A RIDE ON THE WORLD'S OLDEST NARROW GUAGE RAILWAY

Either ride to Talyllin Railway, the world oldest narrow guage railway in the world. The station location is in Tywyn,10 miles from Machynlleth, or walk to Machynlleth railway station and catch the train to Tywyn along the magnificent Cambrian coast.

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3. BIKE OUT TO ZIP WORLD AT BLENAU FFESTINIOG

Bike out to Blaenau Ffestiniog where you can ride on the world's fastest and longest zip wire. Take a coffee on the way at one of the world's best cafes, T.H.Roberts in Dolgellau - sample Meg's cakes! Suitably refreshed, go forth to travel at 100mph across the UNESCO world heritage slate quarry site. On second thoughts, maybe do cake on the way back!!

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4. TRAIN RIDE TO THE BEACH

Either bike out to Aberdyfi, one of the most splendid beaches in Britain or beautiful Barmouth with it's Victoriana and funfair. Choose maybe to leave the bike safely parked on the festival site and take the train from Mach station. Take a Cambrian Rail Day Pass (£13.50) and stop off for ice cream or continue with a picnic return to Pwllheli on the Cambrian Line, one of the most stunning rail journeys in the UK, the line tightly hugging the rocky shore.

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5. RIDE OUT TO ABERYSTWYTH

Either bike out to Aberystwyth or take the train from Mach. Aber is one of Wales's most prestigious university cities, home of the National Library, the original Camera Obscura, ice cream on the prom and a host of cafes and tapas bars beside one of Britains most splendid sea shores.

6. RIDE OUT TO THE FAMOUS MACH LOOP

This might be of interest only to aircraft and transport geeks amongst us but to the south of Dolgelau not far from Machynlleth you will find the "Mach Loop". To the south of the Mach Loop there is an area called Tactical Training Area 7T, in which, at specified times, the aircraft may fly as low as 100 feet (30.5 Metres). The Royal Air Force publish a timetable of when the Tactical Training Areas may be in use.

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