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Cycling – Anglesey loves cyclists! Two of the UK’s nine national cycle routes (route 5 and route 8) can be found here on Anglesey.Coastal Blo
Cycling gives you the chance to enjoy a change of pace, experience all the natural beauty that Anglesey has to offer and really enjoy the unspoilt scenery and rolling landscapes that Anglesey is so rich in and with an abundance of quiet country lanes, Anglesey is definitely a cyclists dream.
Anglesey has four circular cycling routes, each named after the types of birds you may expect to encounter on the island. Rural Tour 1, Nico (Goldfinch) is a generally easy, 32km (20 miles) tour starting and finishing at Llynnon Mill, the only working windmill in Wales with a highly rated tea room, perfect after a good bike ride!
Rural Tour 2, Giach (Snipe) is the easiest of the four tours. The 29km (18 miles) ride starts and finishes at Llys Llywelyn, Aberffraw where bike hire is also available from Cybi Bikes.
The longest of the four tours Hebog (Falcon), Rural Tour 3, is 35.4km (22 miles) starting and finishing at the public library in Benllech, it has some short steep sections and a steady climb from Traeth Lligwy to Mynydd Bodafon.
Telor (Warbler), Rural Tour 4, a classic ride with a variety of sea views in the south east corner of the island, starting and finishing at Beaumaris Leisure Centre offers 27.4km (17 miles) with fine views of the Menai Straits coastline and Snowdonia mountains.
All this pedal-pushing may sound like too much hard work, but don’t panic, help is at hand. For those of us less able or less inclined, Mentor Mon are currently supporting an initiative to encourage the use of electric bikes on Anglesey. You still need to pedal, but after a couple of rounds, the motor kicks in and it feels as though someone is, very gently, pushing you forwards. Turn the electric up a gear and a difficult hill becomes easily negotiable, you can reach a speed of up to 15mph.
Electric bicycles eliminate most of the hurdles that conventional bike riders face, like that sinking feeling you get at the sight of a steep hill, basically, they make bicycling fun again. Participating business on the island are able to provide electric bike hire, secure storage, bike racks and charge points as well as information on the signposted cycle routes.
Make a week of it, come and stay in one of our fabulous holiday properties on the island, and enjoy Anglesey at its best and visit its various attractions. Hunters Lodge and The Stables (sleeps 12 in total) are self-catering cottages located only 3 miles from the start of rural route 2, Giach. Tan y Bryn, Penmon (sleeps 6) has been recently renovated to the highest standard with all modern conveniences or why not stay in one of our luxury apartments in Benllech? Go to www.coastalholidays.net to view our extensive range of self-catering cottages, apartments and country houses, many of which are pet friendly. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 01248 430190.
There are several bike routes on Anglesey: the quiet roads on the island provide a host of interesting opportunities to discover secluded beaches, impressive hillsides and colourful villages.
Green Lane Bike Tours has been set up by Elinor Elis-Williams, who leads rides assisted by a number of experienced freelance cyclists.
1. Newborough Forest to Llangefni (8 miles)
The south west corner of Anglesey is flat and this first section of Lon Cefni is dead level the entire way. It goes 8 miles from the edge of Newborough Forest through the pleasant estuary hamlet of Malltraeth into the very centre of Llangefni, the county town of Anglesey and which is a quiet market town with a certain amount of character. Llangefni also has an attractive art gallery/museum, the Oriel Ynys Mon (Anglesey Museum), situated in rural surroundings on the edge of the small town. The path is now on tarmacadam all the way.
2. Llangefni to Llyn Cefni (3¼ miles)
This short section of Lon Las Cefni must surely rank as the one of the most scenic cycleways in north Wales. It goes through the Dingle, Llangefni’s celebrated woodland beauty spot, and then through attractive meadows. A short spectacular section overhangs the mini-gorge of the Afon Cefni. Finally there are fine lakeside views along the banks of Llyn Cefni. Unlike the Newborough to Llangefni path this section of Lon Las Cefni is not entirely flat as there are two or three gradients near the beginning as well as a steep climb at the start of the north-eastern leg along Llyn Cefni. The surface is predominantly a reasonable shale though there are one or two hard-surfaced and boarded sections.
3. Llanddeusant to Malltraeth (Route 566)
The northern section, locally known as Lôn Las Copr, or the Copper Trail, is open for a tour around Anglesey’s north coast. It offers spectacular sea views and a journey through a millennium or two of Anglesey history. The route travels past Cemlyn Nature Reserve, which includes a large lagoon, separated from the sea by a spectacular, naturally-created shingle ridge. This reserve is home to a wealth of birds, wildflowers and marine creatures making it a delightful palce to visit all year round.