Three easy cycle routes to enjoy on a short break in North Wales
If you’re looking for some easy, family-friendly off-road cycling whilst visiting North Wales, there are plenty of scenic cycle paths to choose from. Each offers a completely different day out. From glorious coastal views to dramatic rugged mountain ranges and sparkling glacial lakes, cycle paths near Caernarfon are a great way to explore the unique landscapes of North Wales.
This is a well-known 12-mile route which starts off following the same route as the Welsh Highland Railway. The cycle will take around 1.5 – 2 hours to complete, and climbs up to 500m at its highest point, just south of Penygroes. From here you can indulge in glorious views of the Snowdonia foothills to the East, and Caernarfon Bay and the Llyn Peninsula to the West. This cycle route begins just outside Caernarfon Castle, is traffic free and runs along mixed terrain. It forms part of the National Cycle Network, so if you want a longer ride, you can continue on further – all the way to Criccieth if your legs can take it!
Lon Las Menai
This four-mile stretch of dismantled railway takes you from Caernarfon to Felinheli. This is a lovely way to enjoy views of the Menai Strait, and a nice, easy route suitable for all ages. This route starts at Victoria Dock in Caernarfon and finishes (conveniently) next to the Garddfon Inn at Felinheli, where you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat whilst you take in the views – and the passing yachts, no doubt – across the Strait toward Anglesey.
This is a multi-use path that runs 4.5 miles from the small village of Rhyd Ddu, into the heart of Snowdonia. Rhyd Ddu is about a 15-minute drive from Caernarfon and is also accessible by taking the Welsh Highland Railway. This route is mostly built on a dismantled railway track, which makes the path even and wide, though it does climb up in steep sections at some points. The track will take you past Llyn y Gadair, through Beddgelert Forest, weaving in and out of the coniferous and broadleaf trees as it decends onto open farmlands beneath Moel Hebog. The route will take you to the picturesque village of Beddgelert and from here you can take the Welsh Highland Railway back to Rhyd Ddu.
Bikes can be hired locally from Menai Bikes. An adult bike costs £10 for half a day.