Porthmadoc to Harlech Castle via National Cycle Route No8


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Porthmadoc to Harlech Castle – Using National Cycle Route No8
The cycle ride from Porthmadoc to Harlech Castle is
approximately 10 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 RIGHT up towards Harlech and after about half a mile you enter Harlech. Follow the road up to the centre of Harlech and you will come to the Castle on your left perched on the hill top overlooking the coast. Harlech is best known for Harlech Castle which was built in the 13th century. The castle was originally built next to the sea, but geological processes have changed the shape of the coastline, and the castle now lies on a cliff face, about half a mile inland. The castle is managed by Cadw and is open to the public. In Harlech you will also find shops, café and pubs for refreshments.
There is a direct train service which runs between Harlech 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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