A great day’s rid­ing

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Andy David­son

The Snowdonia Na­tional Park in Wales is with­out doubt one of the best places to ride an ad­ven­ture bike in the UK. It’s got it all; twisty back roads, stun­ning back-drops, a plethora of mucky and gravel tracks and, of course, the epic Mount Snow­don it­self.

Plot­ting a rid­ing route on Google will give you a se­ri­ous headache; the sheer amount of bril­liant roads will make any map look like a five-yearold has scrib­bled all over it. That’s why you’ll need a full week­end to ride there. And still, ev­ery time you go you will find a new favourite slither of tar­mac.

A safe tra­di­tion to fol­low is to sim­ply head straight for the look-out car park on the A498 and spend a lit­tle while soak­ing it all in. Five min­utes later and you’ll be itch­ing to ride, so just re­mem­ber that there are no right or wrong roads in Snowdonia, be flex­i­ble with your route and just en­joy the ride – wher­ever it takes you.

Once you set off from the look­out point, an easy route to fol­low is to cir­cle Snow­don by keep­ing it on your left. Head straight up the A4086 to­wards Llan­beris and then hook a left be­fore Llan­rug and head straight back down to­wards Beddgelert.

The roads are lined with an­cient look­ing walls, but just keep an eye out for the hun­dreds of fluffy balls of wool bounc­ing around the Welsh coun­try­side – es­pe­cially dur­ing Spring. Jump­ing the walls, dash­ing across the road and scram­bling up grass banks is a na­tional sport for Welsh sheep.

Head down to Blaenau Ffestiniog be­fore swing­ing left onto Bala for its pic­turesque lake road. And while you’re there you might as well visit Lake Vyrnwy, too. Get your­self back to Bala and then straight down to Doll­gel­lau be­fore head­ing right back up to Snow­don.

Cover this route and you will have rid­den fast sweep­ers, tech­ni­cal sec­tions and tight switch­backs. By now ad­ven­ture bike rid­ers will be gag­ging to try the rough stuff. This is where Trail Rides Wales (trail­rides-wales. com) come into play. Book on with them and they’ll meet you wher­ever you like (in Wales) and show you the best trail rid­ing routes. Green­lan­ing on trails which do not per­mit ve­hi­cles is met with strict fines and penal­ties, so hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced guides makes all the dif­fer­ence, not just for le­gal rea­sons, but in sav­ing hours of wasted time search­ing for the best tracks.

Snowdonia of­fers the com­plete pack­age for ad­ven­ture bike rid­ers. You can have an ad­ven­ture with­out go­ing abroad – just strap a tent to your bike and head to Mount Snow­don. Crack on with the twisties, muck about on the trails, and then go camp­ing or visit the Bik­ers Re­treat in Dol­gel­lau. It’s a bril­liant way to spend your week­end.

‘Crack on with the twisties, muck about on the trails and then go camp­ing’

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