North to South Wales on bike

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Glynlloyd 24 Dec 18:30  

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Hi, can anybody recommend a good route from North to South Wales? This may be a charity idea, so perhaps the shortest/fastest (and safest!) would be the best. Thanks veyr much, Glyn

gringogaz 11 Jan 18:38  

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Hi Glyn,
We did Holyhead to Cardiff last year, this is around 210 miles in total (2 days of cycling for us!). You can pretty much follow the A470 down to Merthyr Tydfil where it turns into a dual carriage-way and then you have to off the beaten track a little!
Another suggestion would be to do a coast to coast ride like Holyhead to Swansea which is a little shorter and safer - cycled this a couple of times - the nicest route seems to be:
Holyhead - Bangor - Porthmadog - Dolgellau - Machynlleth - Aberystwyth - Llanrhystud - Aberaeron - Llanbedr - Talley - Llandeilo - Ammanford - Pontarddulais - Swansea

Hope this helps,

gareth


Vimal 03 Mar 11:45  

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In 1999 several of us did a charity ride from Anglesey to Chepstow. In fact it was really a weekend out for us but we got sponsorships and raised several thousand pounds for a very ill child of a friend of ours. We called it Bridge to Bridge and decided to do it over four days ... about 220 miles ... and on the final day some chap from the Post Office cycling team (or was it Royal Mail?) did the whole thing in one day and finished off before us.
We did it around September, so the weather was pretty good. It was fantastic trip and there's no better way to see the country. I can still remember the thrill of rolling along the coast in bright sunshine just south of Barmouth, with the sea stretching away forever.
We arranged sponsorship through Ford Motors to help with transporting of stuff at the end of the day, and then also arranged accommodation for each of the three nights. Bodalwyn Guest House, a very nice place in Aberystwyth, and run by friends of ours, put us up on one of the nights.

We had planned to stick to the Sustrans routes, but a couple of times diverted onto the main roads if we were falling behind schedule.
Going through the centre of Wales, as we did, is the shortest route, I suppose. But it also means climbing over a damned steep hill ... Aberhosan, I think, just before Llanidloes. But there are compensatory good views from the Wynford Vaughan-Thomas memorial.

Plan it well. I would imagine Sustrans has much better maps and facilities now, and Youth Hostels are great along the way.
We're looking to do a West-East trip soon.

Vimal






zimmy 08 May 20:16  

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We may do this ride up-side-down next year. Well, not riding up-side down - but I guess you know what I mean

Rob


lloyd.smith 09 Oct 23:59  

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Hi,

Did you do this route after? Looking to do something in possibly April/May next year so would appreciate any responses on how you found it.

cheers,

lloyd.


gridster 28 Dec 21:45  

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Hi did any of the people do the north to south wales trip they were planning. interested ti hear as planning to do this in 2012 and wondered if anyone had advise for the trip.

Thanks Ingrid


prosssteve 19 Jan 21:21  

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I cycled from Cwmbran to the Wirral in a day, did 157 miles in the day. Did the ride on my own, a little bit random I know. Completed it in just under 13 hrs, want to do it again this year as I want to do it under 12 hrs, got lost and had a puncture so I think it's achievable.


jonesthebike 11 May 14:39  

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Anybody planning a north to south wales ride in july 13