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|Cycle Route Details|
|Route Name||Circular round Isle Of Anglesey|
|Distance : miles (km)||58.68 (94.44)|
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|This is a circular route mostly using main roads, but if you pick the right day it is not too busy. It is an undulating route with some of the climbs being quite testing especially if you have a strong headwind, for this reason it is advised that a day without wind is the best day to do it. The traffic is not too bad for an A road if you pick the right day and time of year, although I went on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend and there was only fairly light traffic. The route would suit a quite experienced cyclist who want to get some miles in while riding through some nice countryside with good views along the way. There are also plenty of opportunities to stop off at interesting places if site seeing is your thing.
The ride can start and finish at any point, I started it from Penrhyn Point near Benllech and went anti-clockwise on the A5025. At the roundabout at Moelfre turn left to stay on the A5025 after about half a mile there is a nice fast decent (12%) before a bit of a climb to Brynrefail, look out on the left for the impressive Monkey Puzzle Tree. Then another decent to City Dulas followed by a long climb to Penysarn and Cerrig-man where there is a good view of Parys Mountain where copper was mined as long ago as Roman times until the open cast mine stopped producing copper in the mid 19th century.
From here itâ€™s pretty much downhill to the port of Amlwch where the copper was loaded on to the ships in the harbour. Turn right at the roundabout if you want to go down to the harbour, if not, go straight on to Bull Bay where a steep climb takes you out of the bay towards Cemaes Bay where another steep little climb takes you past the Wylfa Head nuclear power station. The A5025 continues to go up and down all the way around to Valley, on the way there is a good view of Holy Island on the right where the ferries leave Holyhead on their way to Ireland.
From Valley turn right at the crossroads on the A5 for about 1 mile to Caergeiliog at the other side of Caergeiliog branch of right onto a country lane which runs alongside the A5. In about half a mile turn right and then immediately left up a small hill on local cycle route 8 follow this for about a mile and a half then turn right at the cross road toward Llanfaelog turning right at the t junction with the A4080.
Follow the A4080 towards Aberffraw where the road runs through the sand dunes and on to Malltraeth. At Malltraeth there is a good view of The Sands on the right, 2 miles further on is Newborough (Niwbwrch). Just after Niwbwrch is a roundabout where the A4080 turns left, at this roundabout on your right is a cafÃ© where a stop for a well earned afternoon tea is recommended. Stay on the A4080 all the way towards Llanfair PG with plenty of views of the mountains of Snowdonia across the Menai Straight on your right. (if there are no clouds!!)
An alternative to this is, after the cafÃ©, follow the long straight bit of the A4080 until it turns sharp right, take a left turn just after this bend and follow the country lane which runs parallel to the A4080 through Llanddaniel Fab to join the old A5. Turn right here and go through Lanfair PG and turn left just after the junction with the A4080 up a steep hill to rejoin the A5025.
Assuming that you have followed the A4080, at Llanfair PG turn right at the t junction and then immediately left up a steep hill to rejoin the A5025. At the roundabout go straight on and stay on the A5025 to Pentraeth, there is a steep decent into Pentraeth, take care here because there is a junction and pelican crossing a the bottom. Carry on through Pentraeth up the hill towards Benllech where about one mile after the cross roads you are back at Penrhyn Point.
Cycle route have calculated the time for this at 5hrs 48mins, my mate Paul and I did more than an hour quicker at 4hrs 46mins.
|Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?|
|Parys Mountain, Amlwch, Bull Bay, Cemaes Bay, Aberffraw dunes, Malltraeth Sands
|posted by:pete g||Rating :||difficult :|
|I am going to give this route a try, i am totally new to riding but just recently have done the Liverpool to Chester 30 mile bike ride. |
I have a caravan in Anglesy near Valley on the route, i will have all day to do this route, am i taking on too much? this gets quite a high difficulty rating...