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Lake Vyrnwy to Bala Lake Loop Cycle Route



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Cycle Route Details
Route NameLake Vyrnwy to Bala Lake Loop
Distance : miles (km)31.76  (51.11)
Duration(hh:mm)03:06
Difficulty
Posted ByR JOHNSON
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Cycle Route Location
CountryWales
Town/CityWelshpool
County/RegionPowys
Start LocationLlanwddyn (B4393), Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve
End LocationLlanwddyn (B4393), Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve
Cycle Steps
There are several car parks around Lake Vyrnwy from which you can start the route. Navigation is simple as the route follows the lake to Alltforgan before turning off onto a small road at the end of the lake. The route ascends fairly steeply but you are rewards by beautiful views. It then continues down, turning left towards the B4391 and then left again onto the B4403. Follow this road along the east side of Bala Lake. After the lake turn left before Llanuwchllyn for the second big climb. Once you've gotten to the top of the pass, its plain sailing back to Lake Vyrnwy. Just watch that you don't miss the sharp left at the fork. At the lake turn right and come back down the opposite side of the lake back to Llanwddyn.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Bike hire a coffee shops available near the visitor centre at Lake Vyrnwy

Your comments?
posted by:shilohRating : difficult :
This is great ride with fantastic views.
Its not for the faint hearted as there are some very testing climbs but also some great decents. We rode anti-clockwise from Bala, be prepared at the top as it can be cold and as said previously the left turn after the sumit is quite tight. The ride round the lake is great for a bit of drafting and the only real stop is the cafe at the end of the lake. On the return journey the most testing climb comes as you leave the lake side for the climb over the hills.
Great time, great ride with a lot of satisfaction.
A good camp site is Glanllwyn on the lake side at Bala but is is on the other side of the lake from the route shown here.

posted by:A ThompsonRating : difficult :
This was the best, most scenic and most enjoyable route I've done all year. Although it;s only fairly short, the climbs help to make it last and give you time to soak in the stunning views.
I did this one week after doing the Etape Cymru, so I was in good shape at the time and found it quite easy, but massively enjoyable.
I think at any other normal time I would find it quite a physical challenge.


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