Author Topic: Wayfarer Centenary weekend - March 2019  (Read 744 times)


  • Whimsy Rider
Wayfarer Centenary weekend - March 2019
« on: December 15, 2018, 10:28:21 pm »
'Wayfarer' could mean sailboat or sunglasses but for generations of British cyclists, Wayfarer was a legendary tourist who particularly enjoyed tackling challenging backcountry routes, ideally without much tarmac. His evocative articles in "Cycling" and 'lantern-slide' evenings popularised 'rough stuff' routes over remote passes decades before mountain bikes or gravel grinding existed. His most famous article was 'Over the Top', reporting a snowy off-road traverse of the Berwyn Mountains in north-east Wales shortly after World War 1. So influential was his writing, the Rough Stuff Fellowship erected his memorial at the top of the pass in 1957.

29-31 March 2019 marks the centenary of that ride and there is a weekend of celebratory events around the West Arms, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog LL20 7LD

Friday evening
Lantern-slides by Mark Hudson, archivist of the Rough Stuff Fellowship.

Rides to suit all appetites, including the rough track to the Wayfarer monument. Veteran-Cycle Club members will be riding on period cycles.
6pm, Illustrated talk by David Birchall of the Anfield Bicycle Club
7.30pm, "Over the Top" Centenary Dinner, Three courses excl. drinks £25, book with the West Arms 01691 600665

More rides

All weekend
Exhibition of artefacts at the West Arms, curated by the Rough Stuff Fellowship

Coordinating events is Lost Lanes author Jack Thurston and Stephen Costigan (V-CC rides)

There is a range of camping, B&B and other accommodation in the area.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...


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Re: Wayfarer Centenary weekend - March 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2019, 02:41:44 pm »
Gosh - this sounds fun!

<bumping, as I somehow missed it the first time around>

A smidge more info here (for those with modern kit that can read a "PDF" ):
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Re: Wayfarer Centenary weekend - March 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2019, 10:21:57 am »
In, as you both know...
I'd offer you some moral support - but I have questionable morals.


  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Wayfarer Centenary weekend - March 2019
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2019, 10:11:02 pm »
The Centenary Dinner at the West Arms is filling fast. Don't leave booking till too late.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...