Crimea Pass

Road Cycling

Crimea Pass / Bwlch y Gerddinen | ©Si Panton

Crimea Pass

Road Cycling

This is an excellent climb on very smooth new tarmac. The views are very pretty and the landscape is much softer than in the mountainous areas to the north (such as the Llanberis Pass). It’s tough, but not too tough from the south. Done this way it rises in three distinct sections, easing gradually every time. A slight false flat at the summit sees you descend for a very long way toward Betws y Coed. This descent is very fast, but it feels safe as the road is very quiet most of the time and very wide.

If approached from the north the climb is less steep, but it does go on a lot longer, and is reminiscent of a typical Alpine climb.
The descent into Blaenau requires a little caution - it’s just the right angle to go really fast and feel ‘reasonably safe’, nonetheless the risk of catastrophe remains for the careless.

Conditions:

At 355m the Crimea Pass is quite high; during the winter months it is occasionally blocked with snow.

Approach:

The normal starting point is Blaenau Ffestiniog, but, depending on your intended route, Betws y Coed is also a good option.


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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Road cycling is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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