Walter MacGregor Robinson – also know as the “Wayfarer” – was a pioneer of rough stuff cycling. He was a cycling enthusiast from Liverpool who, in the years after the First World War, rode across North Wales, recording his routes and experiences mainly for Cycling magazine. He had quite a following and often hundreds of people would turn out to hear him talk or ride miles to meet him in person.
Robinson encouraged cyclists to explore using mountain tracks, footpaths and out of the way routes. Some of the routes they tackled are quite astounding considering the basic bikes they rode with no gears. Robinson encouraged people to strip off as much from their bikes as they could to make them lighter.
A route that starts just outside Llanarmon DC is named after Robinson – it is known as the Wayfarers route. It heads over the top of the mountains and drops down into Llandrillo. Bits of it are challenging enough on a modern mountain bike – never mind the kit these guys were riding.