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Cycling in Snowdonia offers the sort of dramatic scenery most people only dream about. Staggering mountain passes offer the chance to catch your breath and dig out a snack bar while revelling in outstanding views. Tracks whisk you through dense evergreen forests where streams chuckle and birds call out from their invisible perches. 

Pedal past ancient castles and even more ancient rivers. When you feel your energy ebbing, rest your bike down and have a break in a local cafe, remembering to get some Welsh cakes for an afternoon snack. Cycle routes in Snowdonia are often atmospheric with exquisite forests, jagged mountain peaks and mist hanging in valleys. 

Expert cyclists will be in paradise here but you don’t need thighs of steel. Explore disused railways and river trails for routes that are easy on the legs.

Difficult
02:47
18.6 mi
Difficult
03:11
19.6 mi
Difficult
03:18
20.3 mi
Difficult
02:36
15.9 mi
Intermediate
01:50
16.9 mi
Difficult
03:44
26.4 mi
Difficult
03:59
28.1 mi
Difficult
03:35
32.8 mi
Difficult
04:13
39.0 mi
Intermediate
01:59
17.6 mi
Intermediate
01:39
16.7 mi
Difficult
05:06
48.1 mi
Difficult
06:06
58.4 mi
Intermediate
02:41
23.3 mi
Difficult
03:29
21.1 mi
Difficult
05:43
51.3 mi
Difficult
01:04
8.77 mi
Difficult
03:55
35.6 mi
Difficult
02:18
15.2 mi
Difficult
04:00
33.5 mi

Top 20 cycling routes in Snowdonia

    1
    Difficult
    02:47
    18.6 mi
    6.7 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.
    2
    Difficult
    03:11
    19.6 mi
    6.2 mph
    2,225 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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  • 3
    Difficult
    03:18
    20.3 mi
    6.2 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,475 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Difficult
    02:36
    15.9 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    01:50
    16.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Difficult
    03:44
    26.4 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    7
    Difficult
    03:59
    28.1 mi
    7.1 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Difficult
    03:35
    32.8 mi
    9.2 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Difficult
    04:13
    39.0 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Intermediate
    01:59
    17.6 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    01:39
    16.7 mi
    10.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Difficult
    05:06
    48.1 mi
    9.4 mph
    3,125 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Difficult
    06:06
    58.4 mi
    9.6 mph
    3,875 ft
    3,875 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Intermediate
    02:41
    23.3 mi
    8.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    15
    Difficult
    03:29
    21.1 mi
    6.1 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    16
    Difficult
    05:43
    51.3 mi
    9.0 mph
    4,450 ft
    4,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    17
    Difficult
    01:04
    8.77 mi
    8.2 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    18
    Difficult
    03:55
    35.6 mi
    9.1 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    19
    Difficult
    02:18
    15.2 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Difficult
    04:00
    33.5 mi
    8.4 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Trails for every ability

Cycle routes in Snowdonia National Park are, frankly, fantastic. With a huge range available, everyone from children to Tour de France champions can find their perfect trails and the views are incredible on clear days. 

If you’re an experienced cyclist used to dealing with hills, you’ll be in your absolute element when cycling in Snowdonia. Discover the many trails, sometimes through dense forests, often traffic-free and know that every challenging ascent will be matched by an exhilarating downhill. Snowdonia extends all the way to the west coast too, so you can be crossing a mountain pass in the morning and leaning your steed against a beachside ice cream shack in the afternoon. 

If you’re in the mood for a gentle route through pretty landscapes, it’s not too hard to find flat bikes rides in Snowdonia. Follow disused railways and circle lakes for wonderful trails with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. 

Planning for Welsh weather

No matter what time of year you’re cycling through Snowdonia, the weather can be changeable. Winter sometimes brings snow to the mountains but par for the course is mild but wet weather. Prepare for being hot, cold and wet when riding in winter and the shoulder seasons, especially if you’ll be doing tough ascents when the downhills can send your temperature plummeting. 

Summers experience varied weather too, with hot, dry days filled with sunshine rubbing shoulders with storm clouds and rain the next. Check the forecast in the morning and pack appropriately, never underestimating the need for suncream. 

Wales’ changeable skies make for phenomenal photographic opportunities. The light in the mountains is often breathtaking, with magnificent clouds, shafts of sunlight and evocative colours. 

Animals to spot 

As one of the largest national parks in the UK and with a wide range of habitats, spotting wildlife on bike rides in Snowdonia is a glorious goal. The sky often holds the magic, with buzzards, merlin, goshawks and peregrine falcons scoping out the land for tasty morsels. 

Red squirrel populations are being supported in Snowdonia and these adorable little creatures are a pleasure to see bounding across tracks and nipping up tree trunks. Deer and Welsh mountain goats can also be spotted, so keep an eye out on mountainsides and in quiet forests. 

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