Ride 28: Touching the Sky

Bikepacking bookThese pages are for readers of Bikepacking: mountain bike camping adventures on the wild trails of Britain by Laurence McJannet.

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Ride Information

START: Pont Croesor mountain railway station, LL49 9SP, 52.949518, -4.098102

FINISH: Snowdon summit, 53.069768, -4.075136

DISTANCE: 20.4 miles/32.8km

ASCENT: 5767ft/1758m


TERRAIN: Quiet lanes, rutted paths and waymarked trails before the steady partially paved yet arduous route to the summit.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: This ride does finish at the summit station, but sadly you can’t take bikes on the train. However, there are three bridleway descents, two of which are very close to the mountain railway stations.

NAVIGATION: Surprisingly straightforward. With the Lo^n Gwyrfai and Snowdon Ranger paths both waymarked, the trickiest sections are around Croesor and out of Pont Aberglaslyn, where you’ll need to push up a footpath before you can remount as you turn right on a trail that runs across you. OS Landranger 115 could be useful.


Ordnance Survey Map

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Open Street Map with information markers and elevation

Book Map



Download .GPX file (right click to download)

Download map.pdf from the book (right click to download)

How to navigate using .GPX files

Eat & Drink

Snowdonia Parc Brewpub, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4AQ, 01286 650409, www.snowdonia-park.co.uk
Hebog Cafe and Bistro, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4UY, 01766 890400, www.hebog-beddgelert.co.uk


Bryn Gwynant YHA, Nant Gwynant, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4NP, 0845 371 9108, www.yha.org.uk
Snowdonia Parc campsite, Waunfawr, Caernarfon, LL55 4AQ, 01286 650409
Bivvy: Llyn Ffynnon-y-gwas


Beddgelert Post Office and Store, Caernarfon Road, Beddgelert, Gwynedd LL55 4UY, 01766 890201
Beddgelert Bikes, The Bike Barn, Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 4YW, 01766 890434, www.beddgelertbikes.co.uk

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