Cycling in Wales is always going to offer a challenge, with varying degrees of gradients, but as long as you have a reasonable bike with decent gears, most shouldn’t present a problem. For those who want more of a challenge, there are the off-road trails…
There are a variety of routes you can take from our front door, plus a short drive away, rides that are relatively level or have gently rolling hills or that involve long flat stretches, as well as rides that contain the occasional climb. Because of the nature of the local landscape, however, a route will always be interesting, and contain plenty of inspiring locations to stop and admire.
Alternatively you can use an electric bike. Please call to discuss with us, as we may be able to arrange availability from Gwaenynog.
For those interested in cycle tours around Mid Wales, we offer a luggage transfer service, making the hills a little easier to manage.
If you prefer cycling on trails away from the road, you might like to explore:
The scenic Mawddach Trail runs along the spectacular Mawddach Estuary between Dolgellau and Barmouth below the foothill of Cadair Idris. The trail follows the course of the old railway line from Barmouth to Ruabon which was open between 1869 and 1965 and was popular with Victorian holiday makers visiting the fashionable resort of Barmouth. Once a shipbuilding centre, the estuary is now rich in bird life and you’ll pass two RSPB Reserves – Mawddach Valley and Arthog Bog. At the mouth of the estuary you cross a wooden bridge which carries the railway line, pedestrian and cyclists into the seaside resort of Barmouth. Here, you leave the traffic-free path and follow a short on-road section into the centre of the town.
If riding on the flat is more your thing, you could try one of a few trails based around disused railway tracks. Sustrans have a few options.
Bikes can be hired from a number of local businesses, from half day to a whole week. Please contact us for recommendations, or to arrange for bikes to be available at Gwaenynog.
For those needing a stronger challenge why not try out the following, which are all about an hour drive of Gwaenynog: Coed y Brenin, Coed Llandegla, Nant yr Arian, Coed Trallwm, Antur Stiniog. Any of them should be enough to feed that adrenaline fix!
Or for more information on options for cycling in and around Mid Wales, head to Mountain Biking Wales