Road and Mixed Bike Rides in the Betws y Coed area

The area has a great reputation for riding and attracts people worldwide for road biking,  long distance touring , mountain and downhill biking. By linking together quiet roads, forest and moorland tracks and purpose built cycle routes you can explore Snowdonia by bike and enjoy the spectacular scenery to the full. Some of these rides can be enhanced by taking the train one way or by arranging for us to drop you off or pick you up as part of our bike hire services.
Most of the routes listed here involve hills, up and down! By renting one of our electric bikes the up hills can become less severe and you can go further in less time!
Betws Y Coed is on the junction of the main A470 trunk road and the main A5 trunk road, both busy roads with heavy traffic, lorries and coaches. We advise that you try and avoid riding on these roads for long sections. All routes here try to avoid busy roads where possible.
When undertaking any rides you should always wear a helmet, carry repair equipment, water, snacks and sun cream. Carry a map and familiarise yourself with the surrounding area. Be aware that many areas do not have a phone signal and maybe difficult to access by vehicles in an emergency.

North Wales has some excellent routes for road and leisure cyclists.  A number of Apps will hold GPS files following a range of possible rides of different length and terrain.  In 2020 we will have gravel, hybrid and e hybrid bikes to hire and will deliver them to a chosen location and recommend rides in the area.  We are happy to help with your choice of bike route even if you are not hiring bikes from us.

Most rides have a choice of optional cafe stops. The rides listed below are in outline only, for more details please e mail:

The Brailsford Way

The most famous of the road rides is the Brailsford way. A grand road tour of Snowdonia made famous by the Olympic cyclists Dave Brailsford,  you can choose one of two way marked and mapped  routes , the longest of which passes through Betws Y Coed.

Betws Y Coed to Conwy circular route

The route along the A470 to Conwy and return along the B5106 is popular amongst local road cyclists, the roads can be busy however so take care. This route can be combined with a return train journey on the Conwy Valley line.

Betws Y Coed /Capel Curig/ Bethesda/Conwy/Betws y Coed

This is an excellent cycle route taking in a varied landscape and terrain including sections of Lon Las Ogwen, Sustrans route 5 and busy trunk route. There is the option to return to Betws on the train from Llandudno Junction.

Betws Y Coed, Penmachno, Llan Ffestiniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Dolwyddelan  , Betws y coed

A challenging, hilly ride in some wild and wonderful countryside, planned to avoid as many trunk roads as possible but with some sections of busy road on the return.

Betws Y Coed, Pentrefoelas,  Nebo, Llanwrst, Betws Y Coed

Another wild ride with beautiful views with some big hills avoiding as many trunk roads as possible 

Other Options

Further afield there are many more choices of ride:

  • Caernarvon to Porthmadog
  • Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Porthmadog , Pen y Groes, Rhyd Ddu
  • Yns Mon/Anglesey (many ride options, most on relatively flat terrain)
  • Pen Llyn Llyn peninsular (many ride options)
  • Coastal bike track , Sustrans route 5, Bangor to Prestatyn via Conwy, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Rhyl

Cafe Routes

Beics Betws have designed some shorter routes starting from Betws y Coed and riding to cafes and other places of interest. Some of these rides include road and off road riding and all involve hills! Most cafes listed have a agreed to 10% discount from food and beverages (not alcohol) for Beics Betws customers.

Times given are for riders of average fitness and ability for standard (none E) bikes .
Detailed maps and descriptions for each of these rides can be provided when you hire bikes from us.
Short road/mixed routes – 5 to 12 kilometeres (all distances are approximate)

  • Cafe Ride 1 - Betws Y Coed to Conwy Falls Cafe– 7 km, 1.5 hours - Easy country roads with 1 short section of trunk road.
  • Cafe Ride 2 - Betws y Coed to Ty Hwll/Ugly House– 7 km , 1.5 hours, moderate with some climbing on country roads and optional forest track.
  • Cafe Ride 3 - Ffin Y Parc cafe and Art Gallery and Capel Garmon Burial Chamber- 10 km-, 2 hours, moderate/ hard hilly country lanes with one short section of trunk road
  • Cafe Ride 4 - Trefiw to Llyn Crafnant – lake and cafe– 10 km , 2.5 hours involving train or car transfers – moderate, hilly country road and forest track around Lake
  • Cafe Ride 5 - Betws to Siobod Cafe– 10 km easy 1, 5 hours - involving trunk road and country road or 14km moderate 3 hours involving forest track and country roads
  • Cafe Ride 6 - Betws to Penaeldroch cafe and return – 17km 3 hours moderate, hilly country road and forests tracks

Betws station to Dolwyddelan station –8 km one way, 1.5 hours, moderate involving country road, short section of trunk road and forest track. Return by train (extra time)