Porthmadoc to Barmouth via National Cycle Route No8

Porthmadoc to Barmouth – Using National Cycle Route No8

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The cycle ride from Porthmadoc to the Welsh seaside town of Barmouth is

approximately 22 miles long and takes you out from Porthmadoc across the estuary and then up the foothills which run south along the Welsh coast with some fantastic views along the way. The route takes you mainly along ‘B’ roads and country lanes on a tarmac surface. You will encounter some hills along the route. Porthmadoc developed in the 19th century as a port exporting slate to England. Since the decline of the slate industry it has become an important shopping centre for the surrounding area and a popular tourist destination. It has easy access to the Snowdonia National Park and is also the terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway.

Starting from Stryd Fawr (High Street) in Porthmadoc Cycle along the road towards the estuary at the end of the road and cycle across the estuary along ‘The Cob’ which was built in 1811 at a total cost of £160,000. Enjoy the view across the estuary and wetlands as you cycle along The Cob.

When you reach the end of The Cob on the other side of the estuary the road (A487) bears
left, follow the road round to left and 200 yards after the bend you TURN LEFT along a
country lane. As you cycle along this lane you can see Portmerion on your right down on the coast line. Cycle along the lane for half a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction at the end of the lane. At the junction TURN RIGHT and cycle 300 yards to the end of the lane
where you TURN RIGHT along the A487.

Continue to cycle along the A487 round the bend and cross the bridge over the estuary and

after about three quarters of a mile you come to the small village of Bryn Glas. At Bryn Glas you come to a cross road junction with the A496. At the junction GO STRAIGHT
ACROSS THE JUNCTION and up the lane cycling out of the village up the hill. Cycle up the hill and after 600 yards TURN RIGHT along a country lane, just before the lake.

Continue along the lane and after 1 mile you pass through the village of Eisingrug. Continue through the village and cycle up and over the hill and after about one and three quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT towards the village of Llanfair. Continue through the village and about 500 yards after the village you come to a ‘T’ junction with the A496. At the junction TURN LEFT on to the A496. Cycle along the road for about 600 yards and then TURN LEFT along a country lane, just before Pen Sam. Cycle up the lane past The Christian Mountain Centre and after about 300 yards the lane bends to the left. As you cycle round the bend you TURN RIGHT after 50 yards along a lane.

Cycle for half a mile to the end of the lane where you TURN LEFT at the ‘T’ junction and go down to the centre of Llanbedr village. At the centre of the village you come to a ‘T’ junction where you TURN LEFT along the A496. Cycle along the A496 and after about 120 yards TURN LEFT up a tree lined lane and after 120 yards TURN RIGHT up the lane between the trees.

Continue to cycle along the lane for about three quarters of a mile and then TURN RIGHT down a rural lane. Cycle down the lane for about a quarter of a mile where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along Hwylfa Lane and after 200 yards TURN RIGHT at the end of the lane and cycle 500 yards to the centre of Coed Ystumgwem Village.

At t6he centre of the village you come to a junction with the A496. At the junction TURN LEFT in the direction of Barmouth which is just over 5 miles along this road. You continue along the A496 to Barmouth passing through the villages of Tal-y-Bont and Llanaber along the way. As you enter Barmouth you TURN RIGHT by the railway station and the road will take you down to the road on the sea front. At the seaside town of Barmouth you will find plenty of shops, café’s and pubs for refreshments.

There is a direct train service which runs between Barmouth and Porthmadoc, so if you wished you could catch a train back to Porthmadoc. Remember to check the service before setting off on your cycle ride for details.

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