Summer is a great time to dust down the bike and get some cycling in. The area around Porthmadog includes Snowdonia National Park, so it’s an ideal location to stay for some great roads, beautiful countryside and plenty of places to stop for a cold beer, admire the view and get some great rides in.
Whether you’re a seasoned road biker, or a casual weekend cyclist who likes nothing more than a slow pedal, there’s plenty on offer in the area.
Porthmadog to Barmouth
This route will take your from the harbour in Porthmadog where you’ll get to mingle with the boats and spend time at the estuary, all the way down to the coastal town of Barmouth which is perfect for a bask on the beach and an ice cream before your journey back.
It’s a 20.5 mile route, and on the way you’ll cycle past the regal Harlech Castle, and along some lovely country lanes where you’ll be able to see the Snowdonia National Park to your left. Towards the end of your ride, you’ll be cycling along the coast to your right which as well as giving you some cool breezes will also provide you with some fantastic coastal views.
Download a route map here
Snowdonia Circular Cycle Route
This route takes in all the glory of Snowdonia and some of the area’s spectacular scenery. A circular route; although the suggested start point is Caernarfon, there’s no reason why you couldn’t start from Tremadog at the Golden Fleece Inn, and make the round trip from there.
This is a 40 mile bike ride which takes in some steep inclines but mostly is fairly easy to cycle and is a mixture of main roads, side roads and cycle tracks.
You’ll cycle through the beautiful village of Beddgelert central to Snowdonia National Park, and will take in places like Caernarfon Castle, and the Welsh Highland Railway with its steam trains. The route recommends a stop at the ice cream shop in Beddgelert which its right in saying is excellent, and well worth a visit. It’s a nice place to stop here just to take in the scenery, although if you do start from Tremadog it’s not far before you’ll be stopping!
The route also takes in Cycle Route 8, which gives you a chance to get off the roads, and onto the cycle paths. If you do decide you want to drive to the intended starting point you’ll find some free roadside parking in Caernarfon, or paid parking in a car park by the castle.
Download a route map here
Our accommodation near Porthmadog is bike friendly and cyclists are very welcome to come for a meal or drink, or stay with us. As well as getting a home cooked delicious meal in our bar or restaurant we have a wide selection of craft and local ales, gins and wines in our unique cave bar. Check availability by contacting us, or by ringing 01766 512421 or book now.