Easy Family Cycling Routes in Anglesey and Snowdonia
Snowdonia and Anglesey boasts a good network of off-road and quiet lanes which lend themselves perfectly to easy paced cycling. Here’s a selection of them, with a link to the route and further information including downloadable files for your GPS.
Lon Las Eifion– From Caernarfon to Bryncir, though is unfortunately just a linear route unless you form a loop with the many country lanes. There’s one pub on the path, the Pen Nionnyn at Groeslon, and the cafe at Inigo Jones a few minutes later. There are some other facilities a bit off path, in the village of Penygroes for instance, but there are no facilities from there onwards to Bryncir.
Lon Las Fenai – Folllowing this along the shores of the Menai Straits as far as Felinheli, though there’s an extension as far as Bangor along a purpose built path – Lon Adda, though a short section of this is along a narrow and busy road which isn’t too long to push if you’ve got the little ‘uns. That then joins up with the Lon Las Ogwen.
Lon Las Cefni starts in Llangefni and takes a riverside and traffic free route initially, and then follows quiet country lanes as far as Malltraeth. You’re back on a traffic free section across the Cob, and it’s then around Newborough Forest with even the Lon Las Cefni section being a bit rough under the wheels.
Lon Gwyrfai – This is a local route following quiet country lanes and one short traffic free section, from Caernarfon to Waunfawr. This alternative version has a return via a green lane that may need some care on the descent, or just push!
Lon Las Peris – This is a particularly short route from Llanberis to Brynrefail or Cwm y Glo, which unfortunately does not follow the disused line all the way to Caernarfon (now that would be great!). You can extend it slightly to the Fricsan pub and to the Caban cafe, but any further and you’re on full blown main road cycling.
Lon Las Ogwen – From Bangor to Bethesda, but can easily be extended to Ogwen or even as far as Capel Curig if you’re willing to do a bit of off road cycling (it’s not the best track, and you’ll certainly need a mountain bike for the final leg). It’s also uphill! If you don’t plan on doing it out and back, you could always cycle it down hill!
To the south of the Park, there are a few options other than the mountain biking at Coed y Brenin.
Trawsfynyddd to Gellilydan – An easy linear route that necessitates a return the same way. It’s a shame that there isn’t a route all around the lake, as there’s a footpath and a minor road but no bridleway. There’s also a disused railway that could be pressed into use as a return route.
Yr Afon Trail in Coed y Brenin is all along forestry tracks and quiet lanes. Coed y Brenin isn’t your typical dense plantation, and there are actually views from this track of the Afon Mawddach.
Mawddach Trail – Which leads us nicely onto the last trail! This is one of the easiest and most scenic of the lot. There’s hardly any ascent, and the views across the Mawddach are superb. There’s a pub on the way, and plenty of facilities either end at Dolgellau or Abermaw (Barmouth).
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siDave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.