Snowdonia Beano
18-25 September 2021

The Snowdonia Beano, 18-25 September 2021

A week of dramatic coastline, beaches, lakes and mountain scenery in the Snowdonia National Park

The northwest corner of Wales is a dramatic mixture of Celtic culture and coastal spectacle, set against a backdrop of rugged mountain scenery. From sandy beaches to towering ruins to wooded valleys, it’s ever-changing and never dull.

Some of our rides explore the gently-undulating lanes of the Lleyn Peninsula, and are rarely more than a few miles from the sea. We cycle alongside the Menai Strait through the castellated town of Caernarfon, past the broad sandy expanse of Dinas Dinlle beach. Later we roll over green hills to the ‘mediterranean’ seaside town of Criccieth.

On other days we dip into the western edge of Snowdonia, visiting Llanberis, Beddgelert and the panoramic drovers’ road to Prenteg. We weave our way through the passes between the mountains, visiting lakes and passing the towering slate quarries that once filled these hills with sound. Occasionally a steam train will still whistle and chug its way past in the distance.

Wednesday is an optional cycle-free day: you could visit the fantasy village of Portmeirion where the cult TV series The Prisoner was filmed; go up Snowdon; cycle to a nearby beach; or laze by the clear waters of the lake. Or of course we’ll have an extra ride available for you if you want to cycle every day.

The venue

We stay at the wonderful Trigonos Centre in the Nantlle Valley, famed for its vegetarian catering and set in a fantastic location at the foot of the mountains. The views across Trigonos’s own lake to Mount Snowdon are unsurpassed. Eighteen acres of grounds include woodlands, meadows, a stream, organic gardens (source of many of our vegetables for dinner), and the best view from a bike shed anywhere in Britain! The lake itself is popular for swimming.

There are comfortable single or twin bedrooms, either en-suite or with shared facilities, plus two double-bedded en-suite rooms). Please state your choice when booking.

When

Saturday 18 – Saturday 25 September 2021

Arrive Saturday evening. 7 night stay; 5 (or 6) days of cycling; depart Saturday morning.

Rides

Basic ride each day is 30-40 miles (50-65 km) with optional detours up to 60 miles (100km). Ride at your own pace. Some hills. Mainly on quiet country lanes with some optional easy offroad sections.

Prices

Prices are per person and include dinner, breakfast and tea and cakes after the ride. They don’t include bike hire (most Beanoers bring their own bikes) or the cost of lunch/coffee stops during the rides.

Prepared to share? If you’re travelling solo but prepared to share a room, let us know. If we can find someone else for you to share with, we’ll charge you the shared-room rate. (Note: only if permitted by any Covid-19 regulations in force at the time.)

For more about Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula, have a look at the Visit Snowdonia website (external link).