Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

And The Other Reason


We went to Wales, was so that Tom who is very keen on mountain bikes,

Tom on bike, by Joe-2

Could go to a mountain bike ‘demo day’ at Coed-y-Brenin,

Forestry Commission Wales’ mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin forest is home to an ever increasing network of fantastic handbuilt all weather singletrack and even a dual slalom course. The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia and the coast that’ll take your breath away

Let me explain, before hand, Tom had booked on line to try out some of the bikes he aspires too, all the big names were there, touting their gear.

Bikes galore-2

Tom had 3x 40min slots booked, and off he went in to the forest, on about £3000 worth of mountain bike.

forest trail 1-2

Mr Uhdd took some for a test ride too, the pair of them were very impressed; but they can dream on.

Joe and I went for a walk instead, it is where we came across beautiful moss,

forest trail-2

We took the Gain waterfall trail (and we’d like you to note that the sign says it is a strenuous route, so maybe Joe should nave worn something other than his Crocs on his feet.) We found the waterfall


and an awful lot of ants. Not just any old ants, but the famous, coed-y-Brenan hairy wood ant (it is their eyebrows that are hairy, apparently) there’s


a very nice video here, narrated with lovely lilting Welsh accents  and with much better shots of the splendid ants nests than I managed.





Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “And The Other Reason

  1. Sadly biking has become very expensive. When I started riding in the early eighties it was soooooo cheap.
    Now its not.
    Tom will get his dream bike one day
    My last one took about 4 1/2 years or more to save. I have a Mercian on order. Now Ive been waiting since the eighties for a frame made by them.
    Ants, now theres an eighties thing. Led by Adam. The Ants were an awsome band.

  2. How exciting for Tom to be able to try out his dream mountain bikes and meet some great folks ~ and how fortunate he has parents who care enough about his dreams to take him to this special event!

    As far as the ants go…quite fascinating, although I wasn’t able to see the video (not available in this area). However, I was curious to see if I could find any info on a youtube video…and I found this!

  3. Three grand for a bike, wow I didn’t realise they went to that price. Still must have been great to have some time trying them out.

  4. Now, that’s a lot of ants! With hairy eyebrows, no less.

  5. I had to forward this to Rob the Firefighter. He had a passion for cycling of all kinds when he was about your Tom’s age. His first job was in a bicycle shop, where he learned to build them from the spokes up. He still loves them. What a wonderful vacation in Wales you had! Leaving aside the hairy wood ants of course.

  6. Thank you to Glo for posting an ant video for all to see.

    Mrs. UHDD, there is something so magical in the forest shot with the two bikers, it looks more like a place one might find fairies not modern bikes.

  7. That looks like great fun! I don’t ride any more but always enjoyed bike riding.
    I know just how expensive frames, let alone bikes, can be as I knew the guy who orginally imported Merlin titanium ones and which cost well into four figures even back then! xx

  8. ants in ambergate , whatever next

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