1. Bangor to Tregarth
Route 82 is open between Bangor and Tregarth and forms part of the Lon Las Ogwen route. This spectacular route is traffic-free to Tregarth then mixed off road / on road to Llyn Ogwen. The route offers views of the Snowdonia Mountains as it climbs south from the coast at Bangor. There is a climb of almost 1000ft from Bangor to Llyn Ogwen - for a more gentle ride, go only as far as Tregarth, which involves a climb of less than 300ft.
2. Porthmadog to Machynlleth
The section between Porthmadog and Machynlleth via Coed y Brenin and Tywyn is open. Dolgellau to Machynlleth via Tywyn is challenging and takes you through the heart of Snowdonia, and along some of the amazing Welsh coastline. You traverse the coastal hills with stunning views north and out to sea, before dropping to Tywyn, home of the Talallyn Railway, and then going out to traverse the hills once again to Machynlleth. An alternative is taking the inland route which is more direct but includes a pass that climbs to over 400m above sea level, before descending to the old slate mining villages of Aberllefenni and Corris.
3. Machynelleth to Aberystwyth
The section between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth is under development. South of Aberystwyth the route heads inland to Fishguard via Lampeter.
4. Aberystwyth to Fishguard
This route between Aberystwyth and Fishguard is part of the Lôn Cambria and Lôn Teifi cycle route and is approximately 100 miles. Starting in the university town of Aberystwyth, Lôn Teifi takes the same course as Lôn Cambria along the Ystwyth valley to Pont-rhyd-y-groes before turning southwest to cross the watershed and drop down into the valley of the River Teifi which is followed all the way to the coast at Cardigan, passing through the handsome towns of Tregaron, Lampeter, Llandysul and Newcastle Emlyn (with its castle ruins).
There are several gentle valley sections, such as the approaches to Lampeter and Llandysul from the northwest but there are also many climbs where the route turns away from the valley floor. The most noticeable climb of the whole route comes after leaving Cardigan and the Teifi valley as you head up into the hills then drop down to Newport. Another noticeable climb follows the exit from Newport, but this is the last one as you descend into the Gwaum valley and reach journey’s end at the Ocean Lab in Fishguard.
Distance: 150 miles
Type: Traffic free section between Bangor and Tregarth. The rest is on road.
Things to see and do
- Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
- Snowdonia National Park
- Cilgerran Castle
- St Dogmael’s Abbey
- Ocean Lab, Fishguard
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
National Route 82 of the National Cycle Network will run from Bangor to Fishguard when complete.