One of the things that Lonely Planet mentioned as a reason for choosing North Wales as one of their top ten regions to visit next year, was the abundance of cycle routes there. In fact, the staff at Lonely Planet have identified ‘bike packing’ as a mini-trend for next year – and it happens to coincide with the bicentenary of the invention of the bike. Off-Road cycling is nothing new to us; we are well aware of the abundance of cycle routes in North Wales and have many cycle paths on site. If cycling in North Wales appeals to you, then come and stay with us, as there are loads of opportunities for you to dig out your helmet and explore the area.
Whatever time of year you are staying at a North Wales caravan site, cycling offers you a fantastic opportunity to have a fun-filled family day out. North Wales offers lots of different cycling options for you – from road cycling to the best of off-road mountain biking. From easier routes designed for the whole family, to more challenging black routes, the scenery of the area makes an amazing backdrop regardless of your chosen route.
The Clwydian Range between Prestatyn and Llandegla is classed as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and it contains a network of quiet roads, trails and spectacular climbs. The Alwen Trail, for example, is a perfect family friendly circular route that winds around the Alwen Reservoir. It is 7.5 miles of forest tracks and paths along the water’s edge, and there are several information boards also dotted about containing information about the area – a perfect place to stop for a breather! It is also close to the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre where you can treat the family to some tea and cakes afterwards!
For those of you who are after something a bit more challenging, how about the classic Marin Trail? This was one of the first single tracks mountain bike trails in the UK and features both big climbs and big descents! With amazing views of Snowdonia along the way, most of the riding is on forest roads and tracks. The single track itself varies widely from open and flowing to tight and technical and crosses both exposed ridgelines and dark forest – so it will certainly keep you on your toes!
For a road cyclist, one of the nicest routes in North Wales is the ride from Brickfields Pond in Rhyl to the sea front. The majority of the route does use the Prestatyn cycle way before heading inland, but there are some points where you will have to ride on the roads so care must be taken at all times. This is a fairly easy route though, which is suitable for people with a reasonable level of fitness.
It is important to note, that the Welsh landscape changes with the seasons (like everything else) and so do a little bit of research before setting off!
If you like the idea of cycling in North Wales and want somewhere convenient and relaxing to come back to, then why not book a short stay with us? Give us a call on 01978 780 277 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with any queries you have.