🚴♀️ 22 miles / 34 km
🌄 200′ / 60 m
🥪 Bring a packed lunch, cafe on return
Want to enjoy the best off-road cycle that Anglesey has to offer? Into the bargain, you’ll be guided to the quieter parts of arguably Anglesey’s best beach, Llanddwyn. This is a leisurely, flat, mainly off-road cycle. We also think it’s by far the easiest way to reach the very beautiful Ynys Llanddwyn island!
We begin following the Lon Las Cefni cycle path through one of Wales’ largest lowland wetlands; home to many rare plants, animals and birds, which we may be lucky enough to spot. We’ll stop to marvel at the views towards the mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia) and explain how this valuable nature reserve came to be built as the land was drained and a retaining cob built across the old saltmarsh. The saltmarsh had once almost divided Anglesey in two, and was an added headache for people wanting to cross the island for travel or just moving from one community to another.
After a short portion on a quiet road, we’re back on another off-road cycle as we cross Malltraeth Cob. Then it’s along more traffic-free tracks through Newborough forest- where we may see red squirrels or hear the cawing of the ravens as we cycle towards the sea.
Have you heard of the Legend of Dwynwen, Patron Saint of Lovers?
Arriving at the dunes, we walk across the beach to reach Ynys Llanddwyn Island. Named after the patron Saint of Welsh lovers, Dwynwen, this is an enchanting small tidal island. You have free time here to explore the island. You may choose to sit and enjoy your picnic, with views over to Eryri (Snowdonia) and the Llŷn peninsular, or opt for a swim in one of the island’s many sheltered tiny beaches and coves. Alternatively, you could explore the island, its wild horses, Celtic crosses, lighthouse, pilot cottages and ruined church.
We meet up for our return journey, taking a different off-road route through Newborough forest. Leaving the forest, we retrace our earlier tracks across the mile-long Malltraeth Cob. The completing of the Cob by Thomas Telford was key in reclaiming the tidal salt marshes which almost divided the island. Opened in 1812, the Cob revolutionised transport connections across the island.
The home-made food in the café on our return is a well-deserved reward for your 22 miles of cycling, even if you didn’t meet or conquer any big hills on this off-road cycle!
No skinny road tyres for this off-road cycle!
If bringing your own bike, please note that road tyres are not suitable for the forest tracks, so bring your gravel, hybrid or mountain bike, and leave your racer at home! Please also note that we lock and leave our bikes, as they are prohibited on the island.
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Fabulous day out with Eli to Ynys Llanddwyn, lovely route and relaxed pace to take in the views, history and wildlife along the way. Riding through the pine scented forest brought us to Ynys Llanddwyn. Plenty of time for strolling and exploring, what a picnic spot!
Ynys Môn is such a great place to cycle, made even better by a great tour guide. The only question is, which tour next!https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g186442-d17604690-Reviews-Green_Lane_Bike_Tours-Anglesey_North_Wales_Wales.html