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Lleyn Peninsular tour - Stage 1 Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameLleyn Peninsular tour - Stage 1
Distance : miles (km)16.69  (26.86)
Posted Bycrammy
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationPorthmadoc
End LocationPwllheli
Cycle Steps
The concept of the Lleyn Peninsular Tour is to go from Porthmadoc to Caernarfon keeping as close as possible to the coastline but avoiding as much as possible main roads and excessive climbs and taking in as many places of interest as possible. The idea is to do it in easy stages using public transport to return to the starting point each time. Although In most cases bikes can't be carried on public transport so it is necessary to carry a lock to secure bikes at the end of the route, return to base on public transport to pick up the car then drive to collect the bikes. a bit of a faff but it facilitates a good tour. Of course the more ambitious can string stages together or do it all in one day if you're really psyched! It would be possible to complete the circuit by adding an extra stage of Caernarfon to Porthmadog, which includes a good purpose made bike track but I've not included that as its not coastal.
Stage 1 uses the train to return. http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for times.
Route Description:
Not described in detail - follow the map.
Points of note:
1.Just beyond Morfa Bychan is Black Rock Sands - a long firm sand beach which vehicles can drive on (charge). A great place to stop for a sunbathe or swim (but a bit early in the ride)
2. After doubling back on a track you climb onto the cliffs and pass a farm. Follow the track downhill. The route then crosses a field to meet the railway. This section is a footpath, not a bridelway so be prepared to walk and push. the route then follows a path at the side of the railway to the edge of Criccieth.
3. Cadwaladers Ice Cream shop in Criccieth is worth a stop. Watch out for it on the left - you'll be going slow!
4. Criccieth Castle is worth a visit if you have time.
5. The next village, Llanystumdwy, is the birthplace of Lloyd George - last Liberal Prime Minister (1916 - 1922). You will ride past the Memorial Museum.
6. The rest of the route follows pleasant quiet country lanes through a couple of villages of little note - Chwilog and Abererch befor earriving in Pwllheli where a well earned cup of tea and cake are readily available while waiting for the train.
NB. Due to damage to the train line in the storms of winter 2013-2014 the train service is currently replaced by a bus service indefinitely (May 2014)
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
KK Cycles, High Street, Porthmadoc.
Llyn Cycle Centre, Lower Ala Road, Pwllheli.

Near By Cycle Shops
K.K Cycles
Cycling Clubs located in this region
Your comments?
posted by:Rob FinchRating : difficult :
Was so disappointed with this route. Rated as 1/10 for difficulty I thought it would be ideal fro my wife who is doing a few rides locally and has enjoyed riding at Dolgellau and similar cycle routes.
We climbed 126mtrs in the first 5 minutes and my wife having had to push 3 times by this point forced me to abort the ride and go back to Porthmadog.
In my opinion as a cyclist of 45 years, this route is a 5-6 at least in the early miles.
If it had been rated well we wouldn't have spent 4hrs in the car there and back to ride something that is rated as quite simple.

posted by:CrammyRating : difficult :
In reply to Rob Finch:
I am the original poster of the route. Firstly Rob I'm really sorry you had a wasted journey and a miserable day out. I do feel partially responsible and I'm not happy. I don't know why this route is posted as difficulty 1. Its a long time since I posted it and this may sound like an excuse but I seem to recall I saved it part recorded and when I came back to it the software wouldn't allow me to change the grade. I would suggest about 4-5 is realistic but unfortunately I can't change it even though I posted it. Remember everyone has their own take on difficulty depending on level of fitness, age, experience etc so it can only ever be a rough guide. Interestingly there is another route starting from Porthmadog (not mine) which is over 100 miles also rated as 1 !
However, in my defense I would say if I was travelling 2 hours in the car for a cycle route I would buy a good map and check the contours before I set off. And I think you're embellishing the truth somewhat to claim you climbed 126 mtrs in 5 minutes. That's a fantastic ascent rate and you would have this route ticked off in half an hour. I've checked and the first secition over to Black Rock Sands (about 30 mins) has 87mtrs of ascent. For anyone else planning to do the route it has a total ascent of about 500m.
Sorry again. I hope your wife is not put off and continues to enjoy some cycling in future.

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