Llanberis (not Snowdon) route recommendations, please
You could ride from Llanberis, up the road (the turning by the Joe Brown’s corner shop) past the old peoples home to Cefn Du (nice fast bridleway descent. Not so sure about going up it though!) then onto Moel Eilio, across the tops, and down Telegraph Valley to finish?
I think that would take about 4 hours?
Think I may have a map of it somewhere. I’ll dig it out if you’re interested?
TobyPosted 5 years ago
I’m going to be in Llanberis at the weekend, and hope to sneak off for a ride on Saturday.
I’m not going to be able to ride Snowdon, since I’ll be riding in the middle of the day.
Any recommendations (and hopefully GPX files??) for trails for me to entertain myself for 3 or 4 (or 5) hours?
Might not have my van available, so riding from town would be good.
Cheers,Posted 5 years ago
I had a bit of a play on bikehike before I got your email and I found the route. We’re staying at Llwyn Celyn Bach campsite, which is on that route… that cuts the circuit down to 11.5km and 600m of climbing. I might see if I can extend that a bit by going over the other side of the lake.
Bloody good starting point though. Thanks!
DavePosted 5 years ago
If you wanted to make it longer, you could ride along the cycle path down the lake towards Brynrefail, then take the Fachwen road up to Deiniolen/Dinorwig, and do the descent down through the slate quarries into Nant Peris, and back into Llanberis? That would add roughly an hour?
TobyPosted 5 years ago
@Whydot – any chance you can forward that map/email to me? Address is andymcstayatgmaildotcom
The slate mines run can be extended by cycling over towards Bethesda and turning right towards the reservoirs (which takes you over a metal gate), and then right again up the hill. This doubles the length of the mines descent and gives you awesome views of Snowdon. Pack an extra tube though!Posted 5 years ago
right… i’ve now plotted a figure 8 that is 32.5km and 1300m ascent… that should do nicely 🙂
Bit heavy on road on the northern loop, but that quarry section looks worth it – I’ve climbed in there before, so I know how sharp the ground is 😉
If anyone wants the GPX, let me know.
DavePosted 5 years ago
Saxabar, just a quick mixed route from Bus Stop, on the road to Moel Y Ci, back on the road from Swing, up to Marchlyn Mawr and back through the quarry, following your route.
And a route from Bus Stop, through Watford Gap down through the quarry, left at the Spa, up over Telegraph Valley, down to Llyn Cwellyn, road to Waunfawr and then back over the saddle to Llanberis.
Stuff I’m sure you know, but I’ve sent you route descriptions 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Yeah, that’s the one.
One of my favourite bits of trail anywhere – fun, safe and the views are unreal. Always stop and have a chat with the horses on the little tarmac bit before the drop down to Sling too. 🙂
I’ve emailed you my route descriptions just in case there are any bits you can use.
I’d heard about the DH track but I’ve never had a go. I THINK I know where it is.Posted 5 years ago
Is it a bit cheeky or can we discuss it on here?rudebwoyMember
Rusty Spanner– you must be local to de area ?
Did you know that starting from the bottom of fachwen, up to machlyn mawr is half an alp d huez, in height and length.
The road after the gate is alpine stylee, the route down to nant peris is easy doable on a road bike– just like so much ‘off’ road stuff round here !Posted 5 years ago
No mate, not local, just a regular visitor!
The ride up Fachwen is a git – the gradient is bad enough, but getting squeezed into the sides by cars on the last couple of corners scares the gravy out of me. 🙂
Usually just head back through the gentler quarry climb or up the main road through Brynrefail & Deiniolen these days.
Love the climb up to Machlyn Mawr – the sound of wind blowing through your wheels helps take your mind off the pain.
I really wouldn’t like to do the zig zags on a road bike – that slate looks a bit too sharp to me.
Have you seen the video of someone riding down the main incline?Posted 5 years ago
I’ll see if I can find it tonight.rudebwoyMember
Fachwen is a bit of a beast, that last clip before the old school,i stay in the middle of the road until there is a suitable passing place, my safety is paramount to me, — yeah the zig zags require a bit more care on a roadie,the machlyn mawr is a beaut though, nice rythym, descent is ace. We used to get the key and open the gate for a xmas club run, a drop of rum at the top and then bomb down through deniolen to the Vaynol Arms in pentir.Posted 5 years agobeicmynyddMember
When going down the zig Zags on the slate road eat tires from Marchlyn I always end up with a puncture on the way down, take some spare tubes.
With regards to the DH track at Moel y Ci it’s legit just respect the local dog walkers and Horse riders etc. If if go by Car to the site don’t speed past houses and leave rubbish in the car park etc.Posted 5 years ago
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