Motorcycle routes around Porthmadog


North Wales is a great place to take the motorbike for a real run out. With dramatic scenery, the statuesque Mount Snowdon, glorious countryside, and some fantastic roads with twists and turns.

What more could you want than a great ride out on a sunny spring afternoon followed by a cold beer and a steak and ale pie, or a juicy burger at our pub and restaurant in Porthmadog? You’re assured of a warm welcome and a place to rest your leathers!

Here’s some great routes near the Golden Fleece Inn which will allow you to put your bike through its paces. Feel the wind in your hair and enjoy the beauty of our Welsh countryside.

Porthmadog to Beddgelert

It’s a popular route but there’s a reason why  – the A498 road from Porthmadog to Beddgelert has some great bends. It’s about a 15 minute ride, so great for a short spin.

If you fancy a stop at Beddgelert there’s a couple of good cafes, and you can visit Gelert’s Grave – where the fable of Gelert is told; a hound who was mistakenly killed by his master when he thought the dog was trying to kill his son, but the dog was actually protecting him from a wolf.

Beddgelert to Garreg

Head to Garreg on the A485. This road has some  real twists, so be careful they don’t catch you out. There’s a few bends in quick succession which makes it an enjoyable ride.

There’s a caravan park at Garreg, and the Brondanw Arms, which has a real fire if you need warming up.

Garreg to Betws-y-Coed

Head up the A470 to Betws-y-Coed and you’ll ride through Blaenau Ffestiniog; home of the Welsh slate caverns.

You’ll take in some of the most scenic views of the area as you’re riding right through Snowdonia National Park.

Betws-y-Coed to Beddgelert

You’ll be travelling on the A5 now, hitting spectactular scenery. The roads are good and there are some great bends and twists.

This is a real open road, so you really feel part of the countryside you’re riding through. There’s some great photo opportunities and plenty of places to stop and take in the mountains.

Lap of Anglesey

If you fancy heading a bit further afield for a longer ride, how about a lap of Anglesey? The whole route is 77 miles.

This route takes you from the architectural prowess of the Menai Bridge, built for crossing the Menai Straits from the mainland. Head along the A55 to Holyhead, almost the furthest point of the island.

Passing back down the A55, head left onto the A5025 to ride north to Maes Capel in Cemaes Bay. This is the most northerly village in Wales, and is worth a stop for its pretty harbour.

You’re heading for City Dulas next, still on the A5025.  From there you’ll be skirting the coast on the A5025 back to the Menai Bridge. You’ll get spectacular coastal views, plenty of photographic opportunities, places to stop and a great circular lap on some good roads.

If you want to bring your bike for a holiday to North Wales, we welcome motorcyclists, so take a look at our hotel in Porthmadog and be assured of a warm welcome, real ale and craft beers and good food, alongside comfortable hotel style accommodation.