Llyn Anafon from Conwy — British wild swim spots
Bike Touring Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Includes a very steep uphill segment
You may need to push your bike.
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
April 28, 2020
Sometimes the best rewards are the hardest to reach. Llyn Anafon is a classic example, a high and shallow lake in the Carneddau mountain range of Snowdonia National Park. It’s quite some climb to get up there on the off-road access road, but with incredible views out to the Irish Sea and usually the place to yourself, it’ll be well worth it. Choose a very hot day and you’ll melt on your way up, or choose a cooler day and you’ll likely chill on the long descent after your swim. Perhaps the latter would be better, with some spare layers packed? You can ride this route on either a cyclo-cross, gravel or mountain bike, as long as you have some chunky tyres of 40 mm width or more. An A to B ride, this route links the town of Conwy to the smaller Llanfairfechan on the North Wales coastline. Both starting and finishing at train stations, you can link the two by rail, or if you still have energy at the end, ride back to your starting point in Conwy, or even further west to Bangor. From the River Conwy, you’ll follow parallel to the North Wales coastline, up into the hills above Penmaenmawr. This is some of the very best single and doubletrack in the area, often overlooked by the more popular sites within Snowdonia. Just stop to admire the views here; they’re quite incredible with the mountain peaks to the south and sea to the north. From the edges of Llanfairfechan, you’ll head along the cycle track to Abergwyngregyn, climbing up the valley side to reach the wide, gravel doubletrack of the access road to get up to Llyn Anafon. Pace yourself, this is a beastly climb! At the top, sweaty and hot, you’ll be desperate to get into that refreshing cold water. After descending down the access road, you can take a slightly different way to end your ride at the train station in Llanfairfechan, straight down to the coast on a mix of off-road trails to visit the beautiful Morfa Madryn Nature Reserve before you make your way home.
April 29, 2020