I am hoping to cycle from Aberystwyth to home, about 150 miles. Initial plan was to cycle as far as Welshpool on day one (about 80 miles) and stealth camp in Powis Castle. However, the earliest train I can get arrives in Aberystwyth about 1:00pm, which makes Welshpool a bit too far.
Looking at the map Llanidloes is about 50 miles from Aber, so should be easily bikeable before it goes dark. Has anyone camped near there and got any sites they can recommend?
I have done the journey several times in the past, but not for a few years. It's pretty simple by train, although you may need to change a couple of times. The cheapest option used to be the coach from Victoria. However, unless you are really hard up, I wouldn't recommend this! Very slow and very uncomfortable.
It's hardest at the start. Once you have climbed up a bit it gets easier. Don't try and avoid it on either side, as you will end up on more difficult ground further on. There is no "best" route, it's climbable almost anywhere at about the same standard. It can be significantly harder kif the rock is wet, as it tends to be greasy.
Probably the best advice I can give, is if you were intimidated by it, try and go up with someone who has climbed it before. I have done it a couple of times with my children. The first time when they were about 8 and 10. They managed OK, but I was on hand to show them how to climb it. Almost all the difficulties are short and above big ledges.