Plus three amazing routes to ride this weekend
If you want mountains you can still enjoy as the nights draw in, your best bet is Snowdonia. While the Alps and even the Cairngorms are gathering early snow to spoil the riding, the lower and warmer mountains of North Wales are more likely to deliver a memorable (for the right reasons) ride at this time of year Ð especially if you get one of those magical clear, crisp, sunny, dry days.
Of course, with less daylight you need to pack as many grins into every minute, so this short route is a sure-fire winner. Setting off from Caernarfonõs Castle Square, it shoots along the scenic A4085, turning right across the bridge in Beddgelert and left at the bridge in the woods at Pont Aberglaslyn. When it meets the A487 the route heads left towards Dolgellau for a few miles before peeling left on the A496 and turning north towards Blaenau Ffestiniog Ð but before reaching the town, follow the signs for the power station to reach the excellent Lakeside Cafž.
After a cuppa, carry on into Blaenau itself to join the A470 to Betws-y-coed, joining the A5 to Capel Curig. Turn left there on the A4086 and, after a few miles, turn right to stay on this road over the Pass of Llanberis, traversing Snowdonõs northern shoulder and returning to Caernarfon.
Wrap up warm and you’ll be in for a major treat through Snowdonia’s finest roads