Route of the week: Snowdon cycle route

Mountain biking

The route of of the week this week comes courtesy of MBR Magazine. They’ve written about a route around the Snowdon Triangle.

Length of route:
Total distance: 11 miles (18km)
Total ascent: 1133m

Suitable for:
Mountain biking

The details:

Getting there:
From the south, leave the M6 at junction 10A, then follow the M54 and A5 to Betws-y-coed. About 10km beyond Betws-y-coed, turn left onto the A4086. This will take you to Llanberis. From the north, the best route is probably to take the M56 and A55 west toward Bangor. At junction 11, take the A4244 then the A4086 to Llanberis.

Way to go:
1. Start: Llanberis. (SH582599)
Head south-east through town on the A4086. Take the first right (R) after the Snowdon Mountain Railway and begin the climb. After about 1km, turn left
(L) through a gate onto rocky Llanberis Path. Follow this path all the way to the summit.

2. Snowdon Summit (SH610544)
When you reach the summit, turn around and retrace your steps along the Llanberis Path for around 750m. On your L, you should reach a junction with a bridleway descending west alongside Clogwyn. This is the Snowdon Ranger path. Take it all the way down to the end of the flat traverse two-thirds of the way down the descent (SH573533). Look out for a small fingerpost marking a BW up the hill.

3. BW to Telegraph Valley
Follow the direction of the arrow. The path will be faint and grassy at first, but as you approach the top of the climb the way ahead will become more obvious. Go through the gate and follow the obvious singletrack down the throat of the valley. The BW will turn to a gravel road. Stay on it until you reach a gate on your R above Llanberis at SH573590. Go through the gate and descend on the road back into town. Turn R at the T-junction, then L onto the A4086 to return to the car park.

The maps you’ll need are: OS Landranger 115 Snowdon, or OS Explorer OL17 Snowdon

Prince: Afon Gwyn Country House. 01690 710442 www.guest-house-betws-y-coed.com
Pauper: Snowdon Ranger Youth Hostel. 0870 770 6038 www.yha.org.uk

Tourist Info
Snowdon TIC, Llanberis. 01286 870765

Food and Drink
It’s got to be the renowned refuelling stop, Pete’s Eats in Llanberis. 01286 870 117 www.petes-eats.co.uk

Bike Shops
Beics Betws. 01690 710766 www.bikewales.co.uk Beics Beddgelert 01766 890 434


MBR magazine

MBR magazine

Snowdon’s summit is covered by a voluntary ban on cycling during peak times.
From 10am until 5pm between May 1 and September 30, cycling is not permitted. Outside these times and dates, normal bridleway rights apply.

The route comes from the February 2011 issue of MBR out on 12 January 2011. January’s edition, out 15 December, has more routes, ride guides, buyer’s guides, tests and practical workshop advice.

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