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Circular On-road Cycle Routes in North Wales

(for off-road cycling information including routes click here.)

(For Lon Eifion cycle path click here)

The following routes use quiet country lanes and sometimes cycleways, avoiding main roads except for occasional short stretches for linking purposes. Each ride has a full route description, a sketch map*, notes on points of interest and a link to a page of landscape photos of some of the places and views seen from the ride.

 *For an on-line OS map of any area click here

    Please note: These rides have not been the subject of a formal safety audit and riders undertake them at their own risk.


   1. Bodedern to Church Bay and a heritage coast (24 miles) (photos)

    2. Bodedern to Cemaes Bay - the countryside & coast of North Anglesey (27.5 miles)  (photos)

   3. Holyhead - Coves and Cliffs (20 miles)  (photos)

   4. Beaumaris - coast and mountain views (18 miles or 17 with shortcut)  (photos)

   5. Moelfre - sea views & picturesque tarn (30 miles)  (photos)

   6. Red Wharf Bay - rural lanes and a museum (16 miles)  (photos)  

   7. Newborough - visit the magical Llanddwyn Island (15 miles)  (photos)

   8. Cable Bay & Rhosneigr from Gwalchmai - easy 18 mile ride with no hills  (photos)

See also Lon Cefni cycleway from Newborough forest to Llyn Cefni  (photos 1   photos 2)

Central Area

   9. Llandudno - resort, corniche and country (15 miles) (photos)   

   10. Llandudno Junction & the Conwy estuary and valley (14 miles)  (photos)

   11  Bodnant Gardens from Conwy  (photos)

   12. Penmaenmawr - coast, castle and mountain pass (10 miles)  (photos)

   13. Colwyn Bay - coastal cycleway and limestone countryside (17 miles)  (photos)

   14. Llanrwst & the Fairy Glen (15 miles)  (photos)

   15. Betws-y-Coed - gorge, mountains & lake (13 miles)  (photos)

See also the North Wales coastal cycleway (photos)

        Conwy Valley to Penmachno (45 miles; 5000 ft of ascent)  (photos)

Eastern Area

   16. St. Asaph: Along the beautiful Elwy valley (14 miles) (photos)

   17. Denbigh - totally unspoilt countryside with the option of a special off-road treat (17 miles) (photos)

   18. Llyn Brenig - Lake, forest, moorland, rolling country, riverside (30 miles) (photos)

   19. Holywell - countryside and moorland (16 miles) (photos)

   20. Llannefydd & the beautiful Elwy Valley (9 miles) (photos)

   21. Llanfair Talhaiarn & the beautiful Elwy Valley (11.5 miles) (photos)

   22. Prestatyn & the village of Llanasa (17 miles) (photos)

   32. Rhyl and the North Denbighshire Community Cycle Route (photos)

See also the North Wales coastal cycleway (photos 1  photos 2) 

Western Area

   23. Bangor - from coast to mountains by cycleway (24 miles) (photos)

   24. Felinheli - level coast and cycleways (25 miles) (photos)

   25. Aberdaron - explore lanes and beaches of the Lleyn peninsula (photos)

   31.  Porth Dinllaen - Pwllheli - coast to coast circular on the lanes of Lleyn (22 miles)  (photos)

See also Lon Eifion cycleway from Caernarfon to Bryncir (photos)

Towards Mid-Wales

    26. Llangollen - Shropshire Union Canal, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Panorama (photos)

   27. Bala - Lakes and mountain passes (34.5 miles) (photos)

   28. Dolgellau - Mountain & Valleys (30-32 miles, 4,000 feet of ascent) (photos)

   29.  Mawddach Trail Circular Cycle Ride from Penmaenpool (22 miles) (photos)

   30.  Cwm Pennant & Porthmadog from Dolbenmaen - quiet mountain roads (32 miles)  (photo

   31.  Llansilin to Lake Vyrnway - strenuous ride in magnificent surroundings (37 miles)

   32   Welshpool to Pont Llogel Circular (37 miles)  (Photos)

          Circular ride from Bala to Dolgellau (49 miles) (Photos)


See also the Mawddach Trail (photos)