It is not just the fantastic walking routes that North Wales boasts; there are a plethora or idyllic cycling trails that are car-free and give you a chance to admire the stunning scenery and breathe in the fresh Welsh air. Our static caravans for sale, North Wales are located close to many of the best routes for cycling, so whether you bring your bikes with you or hire them when you arrive, there is plenty of places to visit!
The variety of routes found around North Wales are suitable for every type of cyclist, from young beginners on tag-along bikes to the experienced mountain bikers who want to seek out a thrilling path. We have put together the best places for cycling in North Wales, noting if they are suitable for families or more experienced cyclists and if there is road traffic to contend with.
The Mawddach Trail follows the old railway line between Barmouth and Ruabon, starting from the town of Dolgellau and ending at the seaside town of Barmouth. The Mawddach Trail follows part of National Route 8 on the National Cycle Network. Along the way, there are fantastic views of the Mawddach estuary and Cadair Idris. At a distance of 9 miles, or 18 miles return, it is a short route that kids can enjoy too, and is mostly traffic-free on tarmac or gravel until you come to Barmouth. Bikes can be hired at Dolgellau, and there are lots of places to stop along the way to capture some picturesque photos.
North Wales Coastal Route
The North Wales Coastal Route covers the coast from Holyhead to Chester, at a total distance of 105 miles! Though a great challenge to try, we recommend just trying smaller sections which are easily manageable by older adults and children as it is mostly flat and tarmac paths. Suggested sections include Pensarn to Prestatyn at 9 miles which are traffic free apart from a small part on the road in Rhyl or Rhos-on-Sea to Pensarn. That section is 7 miles, and all traffic free, offering you spectacular views of the Irish Sea. The shortest section is between Llandudno and Conwy, but you can extend the route to see more of the Welsh coastline and countryside. Bike hire can be found at many of the towns the Coastal Route passes through.
If you are a keen mountain biker, the Gwydir Trail near Betws-y-Coed is the track for you. There are big climbs, big descents and breathtaking scenery to enjoy along the 15-mile route. The climbs are mostly on forest roads which gives you a chance to take in the views of Snowdonia, and the descents are on single tracks which vary from tight and twisty to open and flowing. The highest point you climb to on the Gwydir Trail is 450 metres. The ride lasts about two hours, but you can take a break along the way to take in the views and have a snack.
For people who want to have a go at some mountain biking, the Llandegla Blue route might be the perfect place to start. Located just 20-minute drive from Ruthin and beginning at the Coed Llandegla Visitor Centre, the route includes forests, hills and rocky sections providing just enough of a challenge for cyclists. A little over 7 miles in length, it starts with a gradual climb through the forest until the route splits at the top, and you are rewarded with stunning views of the Clwydian Range. The trail then returns you to the Centre, consisting of gradual downhills and a few uphill parts which can be rocky – keeping you on your toes. If you are a beginner, you may want to avoid cycling the route in wet weather as it can get very muddy and a little trickier!
- Always remember to wear a helmet when cycling, and ensure that it fits properly and you wear it correctly so it does not slip down which will not protect your head should you fall off.
- Wear thin layers when cycling if you don’t have cycling clothing, as heavy layers are uncomfortable especially when you have built up speed.
- Have plenty of water with you, from some in the bottle cage to an extra bottle in a backpack. You may want to bring an energy drink too.
- If you are out cycling for the day, either plan to stop at a pub or café for lunch or pack a picnic with you. You may also want to bring some energy snacks, which are a great help if children are cycling too.
- If you are on the road with other traffic, make sure you follow the road rules and are mindful of the vehicles around you.
Take a look at our blog for other attractions and activities to do in North Wales.