Rides & Routes


Cycle Life


1887 Sketchbook

New pages



Site Map


Back to On road Routes            Off road Routes

Cycling in Gwynedd

Cycle Ride from Bangor

A ride by an enchanting cycleway (Lon Ogwen) that takes you from the coast to one of the most mountainous centres of Snowdonia. The return is mainly by rural lanes or you can simply do a there and back on the cycleway and so avoid going through Bethesda on the A5.

Route: Bangor - Porth Penrhyn - Tregarth - Ogwen Bank - Ogwen Cottage - Ogwen Bank - Bethesda - Llandygai - Bangor   Photos of the Ride

Distance: 24 miles. Much of the climb is gradual but the last third of the outward ride has some steep sections, especially near the end. The return is mostly downhill though there is a climb out of Bethesda.

Ascent: 440 m. The first section of the cycleway has a gradual, scarcely perceptible, ascent. The second half has several steep bits but they are mostly short, though there is a longish one near the end. The return is mainly downhill though there is a climb out of Bethesda. For your own sake and for that of other cyclists and walkers it is essential to take care on some of the steep, sporty descents on the cycleway since they are often followed by sharp bends.

Start: Bangor Railway station or free car parks on Bangor seafront (OS 50,000 map No. 115 Grid Ref. 587726) or free car parking at Porth Penrhyn (Grid Ref. 593727)

Sketch map of circular cycle ride from Bangor

   The Ride

Leaving station Go Straight Across cross roads at traffic lights, signposted City Centre and A487

At mini-roundabout Keep Left signposted Conwy A55

Keep on this wide main road with university buildings on your left. The road bends right near a boatyard and you continue along the seafront.

Opposite the Nelson pub you can join cycle track on your left

Turn Left and descend to Porth Penrhyn, signposted Porth Penrhyn, and turn almost immediate Left again

Go ahead a little way and the start of Lon Ogwen cycleway is on your right

Continue on cycleway for 4 miles, crossing two roads

Turn Right at road at end of cycleway and follow this road through the village of Tregarth, passing the Pant yr Ardd pub

11/3  miles after the pub Turn Right at telephone kiosk signposted cycle route and Felin Fawr workshops

Keep on cycleway passing Ogwen Bank waterfall and crossing a lane

Turn Right into unfenced lane at end of cycleway and go to Ogwen Cottage where the lane joins the A5

Return by lane and cycleway to Ogwen Bank

Turn Right at Ogwen Bank, go over bridge and shortly Turn Left at A5

Go through the centre of Bethesda on the A5

Turn Right just after a large red chapel on your right signposted Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen

Turn first Left into Ffordd Coetmor

Go Straight Across at cross roads

Turn Left at a T junction on bend and go through the village of Tal-y-Bont

Turn Left at T junction

Shortly leave road and Go Right through a kissing gate on to a path signposted cycle route 5

Turn sharp Left at Llandygai church signposted cycle route

Bend Right following cycle route signs

Turn Right at main road and follow the off-road cycle route, Turning Right again past cricket ground

Join the road at the black & white roundabout and follow the signs for Bangor

   Points of Interest

Bangor is a university town on the Menai Straits. If time allows a visit to the pier is a must - turn right at the boatyard and it is reached after only a quarter of a mile. Light refreshments are served in the pavilion cafe at the end, where the views of the Menai Straits are stunning.

Lon Ogwen Cycleway is in two halves. In the first you cycle for over two miles alongside a stream through a delightful dell that becomes a little gorge at one point. Eventually you reach open countryside with fine views. The second half of Lon Ogwen, reached after going through Tregarth, passes through an abandoned quarry and has some steep sections. Leaving the quarry for a moment you pass the Ogwen Bank beauty spot where the river Ogwen cascades over rocks. After more climbing you reach an  unfenced ancient and virtually traffic free lane, which has spectacular views of the mountains and eventually the Ogwen Falls. The first mile or two is easy going giving cyclists a chance to drink in the views, but there is a steep section near the end.

Ogwen Cottage is a mountain pursuits centre at the top of the Nant Ffrancon pass, one of the most alpine parts of Snowdonia. It is opposite the end of Lake Ogwen.

Llandygai is a quiet, pretty village on the outskirts of Bangor.


Photos of the Ride


Back to On road Routes            Off road Routes