photo: Visit Wales
Mawddach Trail photo: Visit Wales

Family Cycling in North Wales

By definition, a family bike ride it has got to be traffic free. North Wales’ industrial past has provided us with more than our fair share of disused railway track beds. Resurfaced and ready to roll, whether on a balance bike, custom-built tourer, tag-along or tandem, there are miles and smiles of family friendly biking to be done. The fact that these routes cut through some of the finest countryside in the UK makes for some memorable days out. If you're a stuffer* you will have your own bikes, if not bike hire is available adjacent to many of the most popular trails.

From Cwm Idwal in the centre of Snowdonia's glaciated wonderland, free-wheel 12km down to the coast at Porth Penrhyn, if everyone's legs are up to it, start at Porth Penrhyn and do the return journey.

From the very heart of Ynys Môn, The Isle of Anglesey, Lon Las Cefni strikes out from Llyn Cefni and follows the river Cefni out to Newborough Forest on the south coast of Anglesey.

For families who have moved on from tag-alongs and balance bikes, the thrills of Mountain Biking await you. Coed Llandegla has an excellent 5km mountain biking trail with no significant inclines or technical sections, the route takes a gentle circuit of the reservoir where you can enjoy views out across the Clwydian Range. The return trip splits off left and follows a series of switch backs down to the visitor centre.

For the keen youth and for parents who can keep up, our MTB trail centres offer more off road and single track than is strictly fair for one destination to possess. Take your pick and go as hard or easy as your little legs can take you.

*stuffer (stfr) - n.

1. One that stuffs.
2. A keen outdoors person who stuffs every conceivable outdoor gadget into the back (and or roof rack) of their motor vehicle of choice and travels to North Wales for a weekend (or longer) to take advantage of the vast array of stuff they know they can do in the Heart of Adventure.
3. A stocking stuffer.


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Centres, Instructors, Coaches & Guides

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Top Family Cycling Venues in North Wales

Pick of the Pops

Family & Fun

  • Lon Las Cefni - Linking Newborough Forest via the Malltraeth Cob with Llangefni, this trail is a mellow pedal through lovely scenery, with a bit of coast and sea chucked in for good measure.

photo: Visit Wales

50 Shades of Great

  • The Mawddach Trail is a wonderful day out; flat and scenic with an unusual bridge across the estuary to Barmouth. There and back is easily achievable for all but the shortest of young legs.

photo: Visit Wales

Up a Gear

  • Coed Llandegla – try the Pump Track for a laugh (and to improve skills of course) or if you’ve got some keenies in your family try the blue route

photo: Simon Panton

photo: Visit Wales

Family Cycling

By definition, a family bike ride it has got to be traffic free. North Wales’ industrial past has provided us with more than our fair share of disused railway track beds. Resurfaced and ready to roll, whether on a balance bike, custom-built tourer, tag-along or tandem, there are miles and smiles of family friendly biking to be done. The fact that these routes cut through some of the finest countryside in the UK makes for some memorable days out. If you're a stuffer* you will have your own bikes, if not bike hire is available adjacent to many of the most popular trails.

Lôn Las Ogwen - From Cwm Idwal in the centre of Snowdonia's glaciated wonderland, free-wheel 12km down to the coast at Porth Penrhyn, if everyone's legs are up to it, start at Porth Penrhyn and do the return journey.

Lôn Las Cefni - From the very heart of Ynys Môn, The Isle of Anglesey, Lon Las Cefni strikes out from Llyn Cefni and follows the river Cefni out to Newborough Forest on the south coast of Anglesey.

For families who have moved on from tag-alongs and balance bikes, the thrills of Mountain Biking await you. Coed Llandegla has an excellent 5km mountain biking trail with no significant inclines or technical sections, the route takes a gentle circuit of the reservoir where you can enjoy views out across the Clwydian Range. The return trip splits off left and follows a series of switch backs down to the visitor centre.

For the keen youth and for parents who can keep up, our MTB trail centres offer more off road and single track than is strictly fair for one destination to possess. Take your pick and go as hard or easy as your little legs can take you.

*stuffer (stfr) - n.

1. One that stuffs.
2. A keen outdoors person who stuffs every conceivable outdoor gadget into the back (and or roof rack) of their motor vehicle of choice and travels to North Wales for a weekend (or longer) to take advantage of the vast array of stuff they know they can do in the Heart of Adventure.
3. A stocking stuffer.


Need someone to Show you the Ropes?

Centres, Instructors, Coaches & Guides

North Wales has the highest concentration of outdoor activity instructors, coaches & guides anywhere in the UK. They’re professional, proud, passionate and pioneering and ready to take your adventure to the next level.
Click here to find adventure & activity providers on the map