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Lake Vrynwy with Travelzoo

by Sarah Storey
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on Apr 19 in Training Blog
Since the London Games there have been so many opportunities to do different things and one of these for me was being able to be guest editor for a week at Travelzoo.

With offices based in Manchester as well as London, I was able to pop into the Manchester office to edit their Top 20 in the first week of March. Situated on the 10th floor of a new office in Spinningfields, the views out over the city were more than enough to inspire you to think about travel and getting away from it all.

Learning about the edit and how the team at Travelzoo operate was very interesting and the research and negotiations that go into the deals are exemplary. I was set to work straightaway and delighted to be able to work on deals that were coming in for both UK shorts breaks as well as an incredible offer in the Caribbean on one of my favourite islands, St Lucia.

By the end of the day the deals were close to being finalised and I added some personal advice about the deals to places where I had previously travelled. Finally I needed to choose a place to visit from the top 20 that week, so that I could experience first hand the quality of the offers in the weekly top 20.

After much deliberation and consultation of our constantly hectic family calendar, I decided to go for a place I had always wanted to visit in mid Wales. Lake Vrynwy.

The 4 star hotel sits high on the hillside overlooking the lake itself and the 12 mile loop of road around the shores of the lake made it ideal cycling territory and the chance to combine some good training miles with the peace and tranquillity of such a superb location.

Arriving at the hotel, Barney and I were shown to a room with an incredible view on the top floor of the hotel which gave us uninterrupted views out over the Lake and the surrounding hills. Every day this view changed with the weather and even when the rain was falling it was difficult to imagine ever getting tired of the picturesque location. With a super king size double bed and a large bathroom, we were very comfortable and knew our stay would be relaxing and peaceful.


The road around the far side of the lake was in fact closed to traffic for the duration of our stay which was a bonus for us as we could cycle round without the need to listen out for cars. Not that the road was busy anyway, even on the section of open road, there were only a handful of cars passing and the local farm workers attending to the hillsides of sheep and lambs. The snow storms of the previous month had caused tree debris to block the roads and the clean up operation was taking some time, but this didn’t detract in any way from our cycling and it was fantastic to see the hills filled with lambs after so many horrendous stories from the time of the snow.

The road round the lake was a perfect cycling route, flat roads and very quiet with incredible scenery to enjoy and the sounds of nature all around. The local village of Llanwddyn is situated at the east end of the lake as is home to a cluster of visitor friendly places to either have lunch or meander round. We found a cycling friendly café almost immediately after turning left off the dam and had a very pleasant lunch each day after enjoying our loops round the lake.




Back at the hotel on the first night we were treated to champagne [only a sip for me and Baby Storey] and truffles, before tucking into a 5 course dinner! In fact it was a good job we were cycling so much whilst we were there because we enjoyed some amazing food at dinner each night, overlooking the lake again.

With friendly locals and all the peace and quiet you could ever wish for, this was definitely the right place to choose to escape and we would definitely come back to enjoy some more sedate miles circling this beautiful lake. On the final day of our stay I was feeling refreshed and rested so decided to tackle one of the steeper climbs that goes away from the Lake and towards the Snowdonia National Park and a place named Bala. This climb took us through some stunning scenery and out onto the top of the craggy hillsides that form the entire area we were in. It was an exhilarating descent back towards the lake and made me realise we have to return when I am not 7 months pregnant so I can venture a bit further into the hills!

I must thank the team at Travelzoo for giving me such an incredible insight into their world of work and will continue to check out their deals for another great chance to escape to an equally beautiful part of the world.

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