Plus three amaz­ing routes to ride this week­end

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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

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