If you are a cyclist, avid or otherwise, then look no further than Wales for an absolutely exhilarating place to ride.
Wales is the gift that keeps on giving, with its outstandingly beautiful landscapes; mountains, hills, valleys, forests and beaches a plenty– and incredible villages and towns full of places to explore.
We have pulled together a list of the best cycling routes in Wales, based on our own experience and our guests’ stories and recommendations.
Discover Wales via these extra special cycling routes.
This gorgeous route runs along the canal, south from Chester to Wrexham and then west towards Llangollen, Corwen and Bala to pick up Lon Mawddach at Dolgallau.
You will get to enjoy a mostly traffic-free route, populated by lots of local wildlife and friendly canal boat dwellers. There are also plenty of wonderful views along this 6.2-mile route, including Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the Vale of Llangollen and of course the elegant setting of the River Dee.
The Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia
This stunning route starts in the historic Dolgellau and runs right to the beach at Barmouth, passing through below the foothills of Cadair Idris and along the picturesque Mawddach estuary.
The scenery is sensational, the route is traffic-free, and full of historic and geological interest; not to mention the route itself follows the old railway line, once popular with Victorians going on their holidays. Take in spectacular and atmospheric views, clean fresh air and a little of ravishing Snowdonia.
This is route is a 19-mile round trip, so you’ll be ready for a long hot bath and dinner by the time you return!
Pensarn & Abergele railway to Prestatyn
This charming 9-mile route is an easy one to do with less able cyclists, as it’s all tarmac and quite short in comparison.
The route doesn’t scrimp on pretty views, however. You will get to enjoy coastal scenery – including the bursts of colour provided by the boats in the marina – and not to mention an array of scrumptious ice cream parlors to break your ride at.
Llyn Brenig Loop
This route takes you through a hauntingly atmospheric area of Mynnydd Hiraethog – a land populated by forgotten forests, lonely moors and reservoirs that will give you chills and leave you in awe of its raw beauty.
Enjoy views of Snowdonia and the Clwydian Range as you travel along the shore of Llyn Brenig.
This is quite a long route at over 30km, so make sure you take breaks to gaze at the beautiful landscape and leave time for a hot drink at the Llyn Brenig visitor centre after you finish.
Llandegla Forest trails
This is a collection of trails rather than just one route, so you can try out a few and pick your favourites. There are trails to suit various abilities, ranging from red to blue and black to green.
The red track is for the serious mountain bikers looking for a challenging route with plenty of unsurfaced twists, turns and hills to tackle through remote woodland, while the green 5km trail that is ideal for families.
Whichever route you try, you’ll be able to explore the magnificent forest, and be sure to visit Pendinas Reservoir which lies in the heart of the forest. And as you traverse the surrounding moorland, keep your eyes peeled for the elusive black grouse among other birds and wildlife.
Situated just under 15 miles from Hallmark Hotel Wrexham Llyndir Hall near Chester – these are the closest routes to the hotel, while all others in this list are within a 50-mile distance. So, all are easily accessible during your stay.
We are really proud to have a launched a new Bike & Hike Break package available at Hallmark Hotel Wrexham Llyndir Hall near Chester – which combines an idyllic overnight setting with the opportunity to discover local cycle tracks and get out into the wilderness to explore!
The package includes a 2-night stay for two, with breakfast, a 3-course dinner on your first night, complimentary snacks for your days spent riding, safe storage of your bikes, handy maps and use of our lovely health club and spa during your stay.
Hallmark Hotel Wrexham Llyndir Hall near Chester is the perfect base for an adventure break. When you return from a long day on the trails, you can soothe your sore muscles in the swimming pool and sauna and enjoy an early evening drink in our stunning landscaped gardens.
After that, you can then sit down to a comforting 3-course dinner packed with fresh, nutritious ingredients before you head up for a blissful night’s rest to prepare you for the next day of discovery and adventure.