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Cycle Ride: Conwy Valley to Penmachno (45 miles; 5000 ft of ascent)  (photos)

Llansilin to Lake Vyrnwy - strenuous ride in magnificent surroundings (37 miles)

   Cycle Ride: Rhyl & the North Denbighshire Community Route  (photos)

  Cycle Ride from Aberdaron, Lleyn peninsula (photos)

    Bodedern to Church Bay and a heritage coast (24 miles)   (photos)

    Bodedern to Cemaes Bay - the countryside & coast of North Anglesey (27.5 miles)    (photos)

   Holyhead - Coves and Cliffs (20 miles)    (photos)

   Beaumaris - coast and mountain views (18 miles or 17 with shortcut)    (photos)

   Moelfre - sea views & picturesque tarn (30 miles)    (photos)

   Red Wharf Bay - rural lanes and a museum (16 miles)    (photos)  

   Newborough - visit the magical Llanddwyn Island (15½ miles)    (photos)

   Llandudno - resort, corniche and country (15 miles)    (photos)   

   Llandudno Junction & the Conwy estuary and valley (14 miles)    (photos)

   Penmaenmawr - coast, castle and mountain pass (10 miles)    (photos)

   Colwyn Bay - coastal cycleway and limestone countryside (17 miles)    (photos)

   Llanrwst & the Fairy Glen (15 miles)    (photos)

   Betws-y-Coed - gorge, mountains & lake (13 miles)    (photos)

   St. Asaph: Along the beautiful Elwy valley (14 miles)   (photos)

   Denbigh -  (17 miles)   (photos)

   Llyn Brenig - Lake, forest, moorland, rolling country, riverside (30 miles)   (photos)

   Holywell - countryside and moorland (16 miles)   (photos)

   Llannefydd & the beautiful Elwy Valley (9 miles)   (photos)

   Llanfair Talhaiarn & the beautiful Elwy Valley (11.5 miles)   (photos)

   Prestatyn & the village of Llanasa (17 miles)   (photos)

   Bangor - from coast to mountains by cycleway (24 miles)   (photos)

   Felinheli - level coast and cycleways (25 miles)   (photos)

   Llangollen - Shropshire Union Canal, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Panorama (  photos)

   Bala - Lakes and mountain passes (34.5 miles) (photos)

   Dolgellau - Mountain & Valleys (30-32 miles, 4,000 feet of ascent)   (photos)

   Mawddach Trail Circular Cycle Ride from Penmaenpool (22 miles)   (photos)

   Lon Eifion cycleway / path  (photos)

   Cycle Ride to Cwm Pennant & Dolgellau from Dolbenmaen - mountain views (photos)

   Porth Dinllaen - Pwllheli - coast to coast circular on the lanes of Lleyn (22 miles)  (photos)

   Welshpool to Pont Llogel Circular (37 miles)  (Photos)

   Llansilin to Lake Vyrnway - strenuous ride in magnificent surroundings (37 miles)

   Conwy Valley to Penmachno (45 miles; 5000 ft of ascent)  (photos

  Circular ride from Bala to Dolgellau (49 miles) (Photos)


            Off Road

Off-road cycle ride: Penllyn Forest from Bala

Betws-y-Coed: Variation on a Llyn Elsi Theme

Snowdon alternative rides from Llanberis

Two routes up Drum in the Carneddau

Alwen trail

Suggestions for rides from Llyn Brenig

Lon Eifion cycleway / path  (photos)

            Rides with Groups

Rides with Colwyn Group

Mold Section Runs List 2006                 

Anglesey Group Rides: weekend

Eryri Section: Rhestr - Runs List

          Cycleways Cycle Paths  

2 cycleways / cycle paths from Chester to Connah's Quay: both 8 miles   (photos)

North Wales coastal cycleway / cycle path Talacre (Point of Ayr) to Penmaenmawr: 34 miles (photos one  two  three, four)

Mawddach Trail: Dolgellau to Barmouth: 10 miles (photos)

Lon Las Eifion cycleway / cycle path: Caernarfon to Bryncir: 12½ miles  (photos)

Lon Las Cefni cycleway / cycle path: Newborough Forest to Llangefni 8 miles (photos 1)  (photos 2)

Lon Las Ogwen cycleway: Porth Penrhyn (near Bangor) to Ogwen Cottage: 11 miles (photos)

Lon Las Menai cycleway / cycle path - Felinheli to Caernarfon: 4½ miles   (photos)

Afon Clwyd cyclewy / cycle path - Rhyl to Rhuddlan: 3 miles  (photos)



News Snippets


CTC's Cyclists Defence Fund Receives Birthday Gift

Storm Damage Closes Deganwy to West Shore Cycle Path and Promenade

Dangerous Driving - Cyclist Helmet Camera Videos

Colwyn Bay Promenade Consultation

New swing bridge opened at Rhyl harbour

Justice on the Highway! Get Britain Cycling!

LLandudno for the National Cycle Network, says the CTC

New Pont Briwet bridge under construction - diversions

Disabled riders conquer Cadair Idris on hand bikes

Burton Marshes - Superb Cycle Crossing of the River Dee

National Cycle Route 5: New section now open across Conwy Morfa

Conwy Morfa: Plugging a nasty Gap

The Llandudno Cycling Debacle - Town Councillor Champions Cycling

Coastal Cycle Path versus Wrecked Ship

Young Charley's Latest Endeavour

Coed-y_Brenin - provision of adaptive bikes & suitable trails for disabled

Something Fishy on LLandudno Prom

Hide and Seek at Llanfairfechan

NCR 5: Penmaenbach Upgrade

British Heart Foundation Cycle Ride - Rhyl, May 2010

Wales Helps Launch Mickle Trafford Greenway

Another prom ban proposed for north Wales

New Cycling Award for Chester and North Wales CTC

Time for a Dramatic U-turn in Transport Policy

Walter Henry Dutton - Cycling Diarist Update

Official Launch of Pen-y-Clip Cycle Bridges

Pen-y-Clip Bridges Now Open for Cycling and Walking

New Bridge for Conwy Estuary Cycle Route on Schedule

Medics' Cycle Tour of Wales

The Chester & North Wales DA’s 70th Anniversary Rides

Afon Clwyd - the cycleway that isn't

All Steam Ahead for the Chester to Mickle Trafford Greenway

Denbighshire Nature Reserve at Rhyl includes BMX proposal

Conwy Estuary Strategic Route: Start of the RSPB extension

Porthmadog - West Highland Railway's crossing of NCN 8

Cerrig-y-Drudion Cycling - Ancient and Modern

Proposed Rhyl Cycling Circuit and BMX Track

New North Wales Cycle Bridges

New National Cycle Training Standard for Wales

National Cycle Route 5 (Conwy - Llanfairfechan) Higher

Higher Fuel Prices = Cycling Boom

CTC Winged Wheel Returns to Corwen

David Cameron Stalked by Daily Mirror

20_20 Vision: 20 mph speed limits for London - CTC press release

Prestatyn Rotary Santa Cycle Ride

A55 - Ramblers put the boot in

Success! Sustrans Connects with the British Public

Is Top Cop Cyclist-blind?

Britannia Bridge: A 'Climate Change' Bridge too Far

North Wales tops the Richter Scale of Crap Cycle Lanes

Driver No Blame Liability

Rhyl Foryd Cycle Bridge

CTC backs new Llandudno cycling group

Connect2 Bids: Sustrans in the final four

Graham Mills

£170 million to combat depression in the UK

Warrington Cycle Campaign Bites the Big Apple

Uni-student's record bid

Rhyl - Rhuddlan: A cycling mini-paradise in prospect

Cyclists and Motor Bikers Find Common Ground - with rubbish on it!

Another success for Denbighshire -New cycle bridge at St Asaph

Tesco Llandudno Junction - the cycle unfriendly store

Conwy CBC Disconnected and Back Pedalling on Cycling?

Highway Code - Victory for CTC and common sense

Welsh Youth Hostel Appeal

'No Blame' motor insurance - the cycling lesson from Abergele

Wild Wales Challenge 2007

Pedal Power: Road proceeds should be invested in popularising the bicycle

Sustrans Sends a New Message

A Biking Boost

Glan Conwy Cycle Link opposed by Welsh Assembly Highways Dept.

Telford Retrial: Victory for Cyclist who refused to stay in gutter

Mel Vasey: Birkenhead North End CC campaigns for speed reduction

New websites make roads a hole lot better

Birkenhead Cycling Club - another tragedy

Llandudno Promenade: CTC lodges a formal complaint

Direct Line Insurance calls for Rural Speed Reduction

North Wales Coastal Route - Brunstrom & Dunwoody give it the pedal

Llandudno out of step

Welsh Traffic Planning Madness

Sustrans Workday

Jon Snow new CTC President

Cyclist who refused to stay in gutter fined

Cycling for Mercy Ships

National Cycle Network (Route 5) - Llandudno North Shore Promenade

Telford & Abergele - Cyclists' Right to travel on Trial 

Police Chief thinks cycle path 'horrible'

Government Urged to act over New Casualty Figures

Critical Mass: Cyclists wine court battle

Llandudno to Glan Conwy/Conwy cycleway update: June 2006

Welsh Festival of Cycling Downsizing

Top Cycling Award Comes to North Wales

Maurice Broadbent Memorial Trophy

Rhyl Cycling Club Joins RoadPeace

Race of Truth: Rhyl Cycling Club News Release

Pembroke coast bike bus

Minister Peddles Cycle Route

Rhyl Cycling Club

Conwy's Scrutiny Committee recommends cycling on Llandudno prom

CTC Beats Southern Trains Ban but...

Alun Pugh, Minister for Sport, writes on the Rhyl Cycling Club Tragedy

Quiet Country Lanes - a Legacy for the future?

Cycling Crash Survivor's Hell

Cycling Tragedy - Abergele 8th Jan. 2006

Speed kills 'Life in the Slow Lane'

Tragedy of a man who just loved to cycle

CTC Opens up new Rights of Way for Cyclists

Flashing Legalised

National Cycle Route 5: CTC makes the case for cycling on Llandudno promenade

1000 miles of national cycle network in Wales opened at National Eisteddfod


Helmets - BMA decision flawed say CTC

Half of all car trips could be history...

Safe Roads - trying out an original and surprising new concept

Hull Encourages Cyclists

Start to Live Differently

Coastal Erosion: Pioneering New Method of Protecting a N. Wales Cycleway

Cycleways in North Wales - News update

Exciting Cycle Path News in Conwy and Denbighshire

Britain 'in love with speed cameras'

Speed Cameras - articles in The Guardian and New Statesman

Mandatory Helmet Bill to be laid before Parliament

Royal Mail Forces Postmen to wear helmets: CTC defends posties' freedom of choice

Speed Cameras: Latest official Research Survey demolishes the myths

Road Safety - 2 wheels good, 4 wheels less good - CTC quotes chapter & verse

Motorised Scooters: Police Issue Warning

Public Wants Speed Cameras

Cycling to School

Thorn Watch North Wales!

Cycle Denbighshire & Conwy:  Opening new bridges at Rhyl & Kinmel Bay

Cycle Flintshire: Launch of impressive River Dee crossing

Penmaenmawr - Anti or Pro Cycling?

CTC  to survey station facilities

Arrive Alive Campaign gets results and saves lives  

Sports Minister Cycles the Length of Wales 

CTC backs Brunstrom  

Snowdon Voluntary Agreement to keep off certain bridleways at busy times

Pennine Cycleway - Launch of spectacular new route  

Launch of 'On Yer Bike' & new cycle bus service  



Cycle Friendly Llandudno?

Speed Cameras - a success story

Cycling and the Railways

Work starts on Chester to Prestatyn Cycleway

Sustrans Rangers Ride Again

Llandudno Joins Route 5 of the National Cycle Network

Dee Coastal Path: Press release on latest phase of construction

Snowdon Marathon Bike Hike

Local Speed Limits

Arriva by bus: new services with bike racks

Cycle Life


Royal Jubilee 1935: CTC's round Britain ride

Cycling Etiquette

Cycle Chic

Rough Stuffing in the 1940s

A Christmas Message 2011

1929 Liverpool Cycling Tragedy

Death of Mystery Cyclist, 1898, and Bethesda's Kindness

Charley the Young Wonder Cyclist

The Sun Inn - a rare surviving parlour inn

The Pickwick Bicycle Club

CTC Eryri Welcomes an American for a Day

Cyclists' Safety - Does Government Care?

Thomas Telford and The Road to Holyhead: illustrated description of the building of an engineering masterpiece

The River Gowy: fascinating account of its course and history

The Tragic Story of Owen Josua Smith

Cycle Helmets - are we becoming paranoid?

Cycling The High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

 A Poignant RoadPeace Sculpture in Liverpool

Lon Eifion Needs to be Extended

A Brief Interlude with an Extraordinary Tricycle

Ann's Story as a land army girl who now time trials on a tandem

Frank Patterson - consummate cycling artist

Ghost Bikes - an appeal for protection and justice on the road

Hedge cutting - cycling's annual torment

Triathlon - Claire's story

Top Brass Sets an Example

Nether Frumpton Cycling Strategy 1938 style

How Cycling and a heart pacemaker helped return Paul to fitness

Help Defeat Prostate Cancer

Liverpool: The rich cycling history of the European Capital of culture

Bob Clift: Chester Cycle Tourist 1937-1003

Tim Cunningham on the Differences of Cycling Abroad and in the UK

Right Royal Occasion - 1935 Style

Civilized Streets?

Help Defeat Prostrate Cancer

Medics Take their own Medicine - Cycling

What Price a Lane of Bluebells

Dickinson Cycles of Liverpool

Derek Clark's Story - Cycling back to good health


Sustrans Rangers - Service & Fun in Equal Measure

Happy Christmas!

Heinz Stücke – A Man and His Bike

Welsh Highland Light Railway - a ticket to cycle

Roadside debris and the cyclist

Deganwy's Lone Rider

Challenge for Cycling - the enemy within

Cycling Wales - Wendy's Way

Rotary & Cycling - Living Heartbeats

Memories of the 1978 CTC Centenary

Pedalling to Mobility - and good health

The North Wales Coast - Cycling the Brompton Way

The North Wales Coast - Cycling the Brompton Way: photos

Rough Stuff Cycling

Cycling Routes designed by Bogeymen

Anglesey - A Tale of 2 Leaflets

Golfers & Cyclists - the common touch?

Cyclists & the Visually Impaired

Tribalism and Designing for the Bicycle

Santa Monica to Llandudno - an American's Cycling Vision

Liverpudlians' North Wales Cycle Tour, 1893

National Cycle Museum - A gravestone with a cycling history

Pedalling Bottom Gear to the top in the Himalayas

Why we must give up flying

From Groningen to the UK - a Dutch cyclist finds a different world and culture

Motorists, not cyclists, are the dangerous lawbreakers

Why Cyclists are reluctant to dismount

City Traffic Congestion - a 1935 vision

Cycling Mont Ventoux: Appointment with a Legend

A Chance Encounter

Promenade Cycling

Wayside Gems - submit your own favourite photos of signs etc.

CTC Winged Wheels - illustrated history of vintage signs

Presthaven Sands Goes Cycling

Bike Lighting


A Cycle Trip to North Wales - a German perspective

The Tom Wells Story

A Licence to Kill

Overcoming Disability by Bike - Shaun Murray's Story

Cycle the World in 80 Weeks

Don Hale - a remarkable story

Lady Bagot's Drive - a hidden gem

Cycle Path Design - the good and the iffy

Christmas Greetings!

Russian CTC organises Golden Tour of Russia for foreigners

Overcoming Disability - Helen's Story

A Load of Polders - A Trip to the Low Countries with the Cappuccino Kid

Recalling a Commons Debate on cycling

Liability Insurance for Cyclists etc - CTC can arrange

Cycling in France on a tandem

National Circuit Championships come to Llandudno

Cycle Helmets: a closer look at a controversial subject

Cycling after a Heart Attack

Does the national cycle network live up to expectations?

Lon Clwyd Not Forgotten or Where cyclists rule the world

Postmen & Bikes

Two Celebrations in Tandem


Your Missing Link

Startling New Helmet Technology



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