There is a plethora of cycle routes around and through Porthmadog, all of varying length and difficulty so there is the perfect route for everybody; from families and holiday makers to prolific cycle enthusiasts looking to test themselves and their stamina.
Let’s have a look at some of the most popular, and most challenging of the cycle route which will take you through, or finish of start from, the idyllic Porthmadog.
There is a scenic and charming cycle route from Dolbenmaen along the Pennant Valley to Porthmadog and back again which is roughly 32 miles long. This route is ideal for riders who want to spend a leisurely day visiting the Welsh countryside and coastal towns all while being treated to spectacular views of Snowdonia. Begin your trip around mid-morning and by lunchtime you can treat yourselves to some delicious homemade food in Porthmadog. You can then explore the pretty town as your lunch goes down before getting back on your bikes to begin the trail back to Dolbenmaen. While the cycle route does go up from the coast into the mountains, there are no severe hills to climb as the gradients are mostly moderate. However, there is a steep decline into Prenteg which you will need good breaks to handle safely. This cycle route offers a glorious lofty view of the Madog Estuary so check the weather beforehand and go on a clear day.
For those hardly cyclists looking for a true test of their grit and stamina, Route 8 from Cardiff to Holyhead offers a 5-7 day ride for the most experience cyclists looking for a real break away from it all. Route 8 runs the length of Wales and is one of the toughest routes on the National Cycle Network. It passes through Brecon, Glasbury, Porthmadog, Barmouth and Bangor as well as many other beautiful towns and villages. Definitely not one for amateur cyclists but completion of the route will definitely win you bragging rights at your cycle club.
The Mawddach Trail
Families will enjoy a lovely day out cycling the Mawddach Trail which makes use of a disused railway along the Mawddach estuary in South Snowdonia. Part of the Snowdonia National Park, the route is traffic free and relatively flat throughout the entire route, this cycle route is idea for families and those using modified bikes such as towing bikes or hand pedalled bikes. The trail stretched for 9 and a half miles and it joins the South Snowdonia Greenway for those who want to ride something a little longer.