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Cycling in Snowdonia, Road Cycling and Family Friendly Routes - The Stwlan Dam Access Road is popular with Road Cyclists

Cycling in Snowdonia

There are plenty of great cycle routes in Snowdonia. So no matter whether you want to test your legs with some long hilly road routes or just fancy getting out and about for a ride while you are on holiday, there is something for everyone.

Road Cycling

There are loads of great routes with breathtaking scenery throughout Snowdonia if you like to go road cycling and now you can even test yourselves on the mountain roads Sir David Brailsford grew up on. There are 2 options to the Brailsford Way, a 50 mile and a 75 mile route and the 75 mile route passes a point just 5 miles from our holiday village at Maentwrog. 

There are also some great road cycling events held in Snowdonia too like Etape Eryri, the Wild Wales Challenge, the Cambrian Coastal Sportive, the Tour de Mon and the Gran Fondo Conwy.

Family Friendly Routes

Coed y Brenin

At Coed y Brenin there is a large network of all weather trails graded from Easy to Extreme. For Families there is one forest road trail, Yr Afon, that follows the picturesque Mawddach river valley. There is also the MinorTaur trail, a blue trail with 3 loops, allowing you to shorten the route if you need to, but with features like stone steps, table tops and swoopy berms. The “Y Ffowndri” Skills Area & Bike Park has a single track zone for you to try out the different grades of trails and the Freeride Zone is a pump track with bermed turns, rollers, hips, doubles, table tops, step ups/downs and more! Bikes can be hired from Beics Brenin.

Trawsfynydd Lake

The 8 mile cycle route around Trawsfynydd Lake has some stunning views, but is not as flat as you might imagine a lake path to be. It has some gravel trails, some slightly muddy paths, it joins the national cycle route 82 along the A470 and through Trawsfynydd Village, as well as cross the Lake footbridge and utilise the quiet public roads along the western edge and from the Dam to the power station. The new path that takes you from the western edge across to the Dam is very steep, but worth it for the views from the top. You can hire adults and kids bikes at the lakeside cafe.

Mawddach Trail

The Mawddach trail follows the Mawddach estuary running along the disused railway from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach and beyond to the coast at Barmouth. It is 9 miles long and offers a traffic free, flat ride with beautiful views so it is an ideal route for kids. It can be shortened by starting at Penmaenpool by the George III Hotel, which is also a lovely spot to sit and take in some refreshments, if you are doing the whole route. From Penmaenpool to the far side of Barmouth Bridge the return trip is about 13.5 miles. Bikes can be hired from Dolgellau Cycles.

South Snowdonia Greenway

Making use of trails, forest tracks and quiet back roads, the South Snowdonia Greenway offers a journey of up to 43 km through the heart of South Snowdonia. The route stretches from Trawsfynydd Lake, past Coed y Brenin and Dolgellau down to Barmouth. On Tuesdays and Thursdays and other selected dates through the summer holidays, the Greenway Shuttle Bus will connect you and your bike to some of the best cycling routes in Southern Snowdonia and if pre-booked can stop in Bronaber for our guests.

Lôn Gwyrfai

Lôn Gwyrfai is about 4½ miles long running between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu and is used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Beddgelert is approx. 25mins drive from the holiday village. The path from Rhyd Ddu to Llyn y Gadair is even and flat, but there are some steeper sections along the rest of the path and there is a gradual incline from Beddgelert through the forest where there is also a footbridge to cross. Snowdon can be seen from the Rhyd Ddu end and Trailguest, a bike orienteering route is in Beddgelert forest offering mainly flat routes on forest roads. Beddgelert Bikes is the best place to hire bikes. 

Lôn Ardudwy

Lôn Ardudwy runs along minor roads between Porthmadog and Barmouth and has stunning views of Cardigan Bay and the Rhinog mountains. It is 22 miles long, however the mainline trains stop in most of the villages/towns along the way, so you can cycle a section of it and return to your start point on the train.

Bala Lake

Bala Lake is 25 minutes away from the accommodation and offers a peaceful ride on gentle cycle paths and quite roads through lovely countryside. Bike hire can be found at R H Roberts Cycles.

Lôn Las Cymru

Lôn Las Cymru, known as route 8 of the National Cycle Network,  passes behind the village. Going south it starts on a quiet road and turns into a traffic free route, from where you can enter the Coed y Brenin Forest. Going north the route continues past Trawsfynydd and onto Porthmadog and beyond.

Lôn Eifion

Lôn Eifion is a 12 mile, traffic free cycle path starting near to Caernarfon Castle. It initially follows the Welsh Highland Railway and climbs gently (152m over 10 miles) to its highest point, near Penygroes, before a gentle downhill stretch to Bryncir. It has good views of the Nantlle ridge and Snowdon in the distance, as well as out towards Caernarfon Bay and Llyn Peninsula. Inigo Jones Slateworks is directly on the path at Groelson and is a good stopping point for refreshments in the cafe or to watch the craftsmen at work. Bikes can be hired from Beics Menai in Caernarfon.

Talysarn BMX Track

Not far from Lôn Eifion is the new state-of-the-art BMX bike track featuring sections used in the London Olympics. It is in Talysarn (near to Caernarfon) and is about 45 minutes drive from our Holiday Village. It is free to use and there is a good size car park opposite, but as yet there is no-where on site to hire bikes. The closest shop for food/water etc. is in Penygroes, so it is worth taking some supplies with you.

Lôn Las Ogwen

Lôn Las Ogwen cycle path takes you from the coast at Bangor (Porth Penrhyn) along an old railway path to the village of Tregarth. The ride continues on up through the old slate quarry, before joining a minor road carrying little traffic (as it runs parallel with the busy A5) taking you up to Llyn Ogwen. The total length is 11 miles and it climbs almost 1000ft. For a gentler ride, go only as far as Tregarth, which involves a climb of less than 300ft. The section from Bethesda has spectacular views, with plenty of flat sections, but also some steeper sections and the final climb up to the shores of Llyn Ogwen is quite steep for younger legs. You’ll need just over an hour to get to Porth Penrhyn and about 55 mins to Bethesda from our cabins.

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