Lake Vyrnwy Mountain Circular to Via Bala Lake

Lake Vyrnwy to Bala Circular route.

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This cycle ride is approx 32 miles long . At the beginning of
the ride it is fairly flat following the lakeside, but it is not long before you are cycling along remote mountainous roads towards the town of Bala. From Bala you return via a different route again along remote mountainous roads to Lake Vyrnwy. This ride should only be attempted by seasoned pro riders. Go prepared…..

Starting from the visitors centre on Lake Vrnwy which is at the Llanwddyn nd of the lake next to the dam. Cycle to your right across the dam along the B4393 (which circles the lake). On reaching the far side of the dam TURN LEFT following the B4393 and this takes you along the northern side of the lake. As you cycle along you pass the pumping station , Continue along the side of the lake for about 4 miles where you will reach the far end of the lake.

As you round the bend to the left at the end of the lake you TURN SECOND RIGHT at
Rhiwargor. (Note . this turning is just before the road turns back on its self along the other side of the lake.). This road/lane takes you towards Afon Nadroedd .


Cycle past Afon Nadroedd which is about half a mile along this lane and after about a

further you will come to two lanes on your left hand side it is important that YOU KEEP

TO THE RIGHT at this point staying on the lane you have been cycling along. You should now be heading in the direction of Llangywer which is about 4 miles along this road. By now you will be cycling in a remote part of the hills around Bala and experience some severe climbs along the way. Some of the hills are approximately 400 metres above sea level.

Continue to cycle along this road through Llangywer and carry on to the village of Rhos y Gwaliau. About 250 yards after Rhos y Gwaliau make sure you follow the road you are on round to the left which takes you down to Bala lake. As you get near the lake the lane you are cycling along merges with the B4391 from the right. Continue to cycle to the left towards the lake.

On reaching the lake side you TURN LEFT along the lake side on the B4403 which takes you past Bala Lake Halt Railway Station. Note :- should you wish to visit the town of Bala turn right at this point and follow the road for half a mile to the town centre, where there are plenty of cafes, and pubs etc. for refreshments.

Continue to cycle along the lake side on the B4403 with the lake on your right hand side for
about three and a half miles where you come to Bala lake Railway Station just before the
village of Llanuwchilyn.

About 100 yards past the station TURN LEFT along the second turning after the

Dam at Lake Vyrnwy - Click to enlarge

station.This lane takes you towards Afon Twrch and Cynllwyd Isaf.

Continue to cycle along this remote lane and after about a further 2 miles you reach Ty Nant. Continue along the road, enjoy the climbs and the views if you can.

About one and a half miles past Ty Nant you come to a turning on your left which appears to take you back on yourself. TURN LEFT along this lane which takes you down to the south side of Lake Vyrnwy after about two and a half miles.

On reaching the Lake side you come to a ‘T’ junction TURN RIGHT at the junction along the B4393. Follow this road along the side of the lake and as you cycle along there are various stopping/viewing points from which you can enjoy the views of the lake and the dam as you approach the end of your ride

After about 2 miles you arrive back at the visitor’s centre and café where you began your ride. Cycle hire is available from Gro Cycles, Erw Y Gro Sarnua, Bala, Gwynedd, Ll23 7LL.

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