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Long distance cycle route between Machynlleth and Conwy launched

23 Aug 2023 4 minute read
Traws Eryri

A new long distance cycle route between Machynlleth and Conwy has been launched today.

The Traws Eryri route is 122-miles long and will take relatively fit cyclists up to  five days to complete as it weaves its way through the wilds of Wales.

The route will take riders through some of the less visited parts of Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri, taking in the Mawddach estuary, the forests of Coed y Brenin and Gwydir, and remnants of north Wales’ slate mining heritage.

With climbs of 4424m – more than four times the height of Yr Wyddfa (1065m) from sea level – it is described as a route for the adventurous.

The route’s creation was funded by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and put together by the cycling charity Cycling UK over three years.

Over this period, Cycling UK engaged with local communities and off-road riders to get their views on the best possible route, and negotiated with landowners to agree new cycling access on suitable sections of trail to link the route together.

Adventure capital

Sarah Mitchell, Cycling UK chief executive said: “North Wales is arguably the adventure capital of Britain and has some fantastic mountain biking trail centres. With Traws Eryri, we wanted to inspire people to venture beyond the forest and explore more of the National Park in a sustainable, active way.

“Working with Natural Resources Wales, Cycling UK has created a route that we’re sure will soon be on the bucket list for local, national and international visitors.”

John Taylor, NRW’s North West Wales Team Leader for Recreation, added: “We are pleased to have launched the Traws Eryri Route in collaboration with Cycling UK. This is a fantastic, collaborative project with our local knowledge shaping a really great, sustainable tourism project.

“The route connects existing mountain bike trail centres with an off-road cycle route, blending the best of public rights of way and existing tracks to offer a longer-distance, wilder-feeling cycling route.

“This will build on the existing cycle tourism product in the area, support local businesses, and provide a low carbon cycle attraction, offering an alternative to car dependent tourism.

“This type of project fits in with our wider work to tackle the climate and nature emergencies.”

Cycle tourism spending from cyclists in the UK generates £520m per year. There are 1.23 million overnight trips each year, benefiting small businesses in particular, and these contribute £433m to the economy.

A survey of riders of King Alfred’s Way, a route starting in Winchester which Cycling UK launched in 2020, shows on average every cyclist spends £83.60 per day on food and accommodation.

Economic benefits

Cycling UK hopes interest in Traws Eryri will result in similar economic benefits for the Welsh hospitality sector along the route.

“Routes like Traws Eryri aren’t just for outdoor enthusiasts, but as Cycling UK has found also for the local rural economy which benefits from the passing trade,” Ms Mitchell said.

“On Traws Eryri, you’ll want to travel light to get up the hills and make the most of the supply points of the local shops, pubs and tea rooms you pass by – and many of these will be off the beaten track.”

The Traws Eryri sits within Cycling UK’s wider goal to see the creation of a network of long-distance off-road routes across the length and breadth of Great Britain, taking in its amazing places and wild landscapes.

It is the seventh long distance cycling route Cycling UK has launched since its riders’ route for the North Downs Way was unveiled in 2018.

For further information visit: www.cyclinguk.org/traws-eryri


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

The Mawddach and Coed y Brenin get plenty of visitors already…

Rheinallt morgan
Rheinallt morgan
7 months ago

Faster than the bus, and soon to be the car.

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago

What bus, what car ? Now there’s a bike track or a rough terrain route Commissar Lee Waters will say there’s no need for any roads, cars or buses ! On yer bike, mush, says he.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Being serious for a minute, when the woods are full of sweaty fanatics and they stop for a fag or a brew-up on a primus stove and it falls over and sets fire to a thousand acres of tinder-dry brush what is the protocol ?

Glwyo
Glwyo
7 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Over half a century of transport commissars building roads and downgrading public transport is just fine of course. Real freedom is having the choice to drive to your destination or else not leave the house.

Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards
7 months ago

The route of course does not in reality exist but im sure Lee W will see that signs are put up. Several parts are prepared and used well by cycle folk plus walkers. The rest have seen no or little preparation and come the autumn rains ! linking them up however with a pencil on a map in a Cardiff Bay office does not make a route . giving the scheme a “ native “ name – already changed in english if you look at cycle club webb sites. The brand new ( and opened ) National coastal path from… Read more »

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