Road Biking North Wales
Welsh cycling isn’t all about mountain biking. Cycling in Wales is easy we have smooth tarmac, signposts and scenery to spare.
Where you are an expert cyclist or have hired a bike for the day, the shores of the lake provide the perfect cycle - 11 miles long and non surprisingly flat - you can spend hours exploring the shores. An easier cycle for most, but plenty of interest as it takes you into little bays and inlets.
Bwlch y Groes
Named Hellfire Pass by the English but better known by its Welsh name, Bwlch-y-Groes is the highest tarmacked pass in Wales. Climbing into the Aran Mountains on the edge of Snowdonia, it’s a road of outstanding beauty. Leave the A470 at Dinas Mawddwy and head into the Afon Dyfi Valley north east towards Aber-Cywarch. Follow the road alongside the river to Llanymawddwy, pass through and begin the climb across the Pont y Pennant. The sheer length of this steep section is what sets this climb apart, there's just nowhere to recover! This ride is tricky, 2.2 miles and a height gain of 385m.
Hirnant Pass lies at the southern end of the Berwyn Range of mountains between Bala and Lake Vyrnwy. The valley is formed by the Afon Hirnant and is accessed by a minor road. The Hirnant Pass is a picturesque pass – a popular ride for cyclists.
A Popular Route
This route is extremely popular and it is easy to tell why - you will cycle through wonderful Welsh countryside and see lakes, mountains, moorland, rivers, streams, forests and valleys. The route is easy to navigate but can be challenging at times with a number of steep sections. There are some fantastic views along the way - the perfect excuse to have a rest and appreciate the glorious countryside.
From Lake Vyrnwy you will pass through Cwm Hirnant on the edge of the Berwyn hills and then over to Bala, a small country town where you will cycle alongside Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake. Once you have cycled alongside the lake you will head to Bwlch-y-Groes (Pass of the Cross) which at 1800ft is the highest pass in Wales. Continuing on, you will return to Lake Vyrnwy and cycle by the side of the lake, over the dam and back to the Hotel.