A Welsh Paradise for Cycling

Having spent most of my time cycling in and around the Costas this last year, it was great to explore some little cycling gems closer to home in the Welsh mountains and stunning gold coast just on the edge of the Snowdonia national park.

We stayed at the pretty little coastal town of Aberdovey, which is situated on the mouth of the Dovey Estuary, just south of Tywyn and Penhelig. From here if on a road bike you can do a lovely 55 mile circular route that takes you through Machynlleth, Corris which features King Arthurs Labrynth and then onto Dolgellau. This first part of the route takes you through some stunning scenery, featuring the welsh valleys, mountains and forestry, it features a few climbs but nothing too steep.

After a quick coffee stop at Dolgellau, we headed off to the popular coastal town of Barmouth, which is famous for the Barmouth Viaduct, is a single-track largely wooden railway viaduct that carries the Cambrian Coast railway. From here we cycled back over the bridge and took the coastal road back to Aberdovey. This was a great ride, I had to keep reminding myself I was NOT in Spain, the sun was shining and the sea was blue and the road hugged the coastline. We managed to get a good speed back as apart from some small rolling hills, it was pretty flat.

I would recommend cycling in this area, it offers some great views and when the sun is out, it’s as good as the Costas!. I would certainly recommend the Old Stables in Aberdovey with great views over the estuary.

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