A road of merely 16 kilometers? It’d better be worth your time and effort, right? Well, it is.
A forest of lakes and mountains in the heart of Snowdonia, Gwydyr Forest Park is home to a very varied assortment of activities, as well as bird- other wildlife. We’re thinking old miners’ paths, cycle trails and long-established forest walks make this forest a delight to explore on foot, in the saddle, or - indeed - on two wheels.
The fact that there’s easy access from Betws-y-Coed, the bustling mountain resort, may have something to do with the popularity of the area.
Our road starts of in the latter: just follow the River Lledr from Betws-y-Coed up into the mountains of Snowdonia National Park.
This section will take you across the top of the pass and drop you down into the quarrying town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, while twisting as violently as your tongue when trying to pronounce the village’s name correctly.
The town’s slate quarry - which is still in use - is well worth a visit, by the way. And of course, once you’ve ‘completed’ the ride, the rest of Snowdonia National Park awaits.
Not a punishment at all, as the upper part of Wales is duly famed for its utterly dramatic, panoramic and contrasting scenery. Not in the least by its tallest ‘resident’ the Snowdon, a mountain of 1.085 meters which towers over the gobsmackingly beautiful area of north Wales. Vista you won’t get tired of anytime soon, we promise.
See here the A470 from Betws-y-Coed to Blaenau Ffestiniog.