A great day’s riding
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’