This is a fantastic tour traversing along the most northern part of Wales. Starting from the port town of Holyhead at Anglesey, the largest Welsh Island, across the North coast of Wales to the walled city of Chester, just inside of the English border. It's a tour full of heritage, charm, culture and consonants.
This scenic 103 mile and 2 day ride passes through a multitude of Welsh coastal towns on the way to the English border, including Conwy, Bangor and Llandudno along with numerous other towns. The mountain range of Snowdonia provides the backdrop to this heritage-rich trail, ensuring a beautiful ride.
* All prices per person based on two people sharing.
|DAY 1||Holyhead - Llandudno||54.5 miles|
|DAY 2||Llandudno - Chester||48.5 miles|
After a night spent resting in the port or spent looking out the window of your train you're ready to go. The first day is all about Angelsey. Heading east away from The Irish Sea we leave the Port town of Holyheadand Holy Island behind. Crossing The Stanley Embankment onto Anglesey there are marvellous views of the sand and mud flats below; known locally as The Cob the embankment was built in 1832 and is 1170 meters in length. Onto Angelsey you take a left at the first junction and follow this road to Llanyngendl. Taking a left here onto the B5109 and you are on the typically charming country roads you find in this area of the world.This road takes you through small Welsh villages including Bodedernand Trefor, traditional farming countryside surrounded by numerous woodlands and reservoirs. Onto Pentraethwhere you have your biggest climb of the day, which is quickly followed by a nice freewheel into the lively town of Beaumaris, with that amazing castle, for a good nights rest by the beach.
Leaving Beaumaris and, as the guide will have told you,' the most technically perfect castle in Britain' behind, we push on south by the coast heading for the Menai bridge and the mainland. After scooting around Bangoryou follow country lanes and paths between the coasts and mountains, with spendid views of both, to Llanfairfechan, a lovely seaside town to stop for an ice-cream or a cuppa and enjoy the views. From Llanfairfechan we hug the coastline, passing a couple of villages on the way into the stunningly pretty walled town of Conwy, set off by its dark dramatic castle that immediatley whisks your imagination back to medieval times. If you're not staying in Conwy tonight, lock the bikes up and take a wander round its streets and castle.
After crossing the bridge out of Conwy you head north along the coast into the seaside town of Llandudno, and, if you're still full of energy, a jaunt round the the Great Orme is recommended (remember to go clockwise on marine drive!). Otherwise, settle in for a nice evening snug between the the two great headlands, the Great and Little Orme, in this popular seaside resort in North Wales.
Riding out of Llandudno and past its seafront we stay glued to the coast, all the way to Prestatyn, and the coast here is sublime. The riding is very easy and great on the eyes as well as the legs, as you pass beautiful beaches, bays, and coves such as Penrhyn Bay, Rhos on Seaand Colwyn Bay, all calling you to dip your toes in, temperature allowing! When you get to Prestatyn you leave the coast behind, and start pumping the legs for a climb into the Northern Welsh hills. You are again surrounded by farming countryside and little villages, and these country lanes will take you into Holywellwhere you will bed down for the night. Holywell takes its name from a 17th century well (St. Winefride's Holy Well) which is believed to have healing powers, and is visited by pilgrims who bathe in its waters hoping for its miraculous properties to work on them; so a vist to Holywell cannot but be recommended for someone nearing the end of a cross-country tour! It also has great views of the River Dee's esturary, an 18th century windmill and is surrounded by many ancient ruins which can easily be visited from Holywell.
From here you descend out of the hills heading for the coast and the estuary. Follow the coast road past Baglitand Flintbefore taking the bridge over the River Dee, continue following the path into England and then into the historic walled city of Chester, your destination.