This strenuous route makes the best possible ‘circumnavigation’ of parts of the Carneddau. Three long climbs, some great descending, interesting navigation, wide views and the feeling of being a long way from home make this a route not to be taken lightly. It is of course one of the best rides in North Wales, and although only 30km long it feels a lot longer!
If facilities are not an issue it is possible to start from any of the Sychnant car parks which would allow you to ‘cut the tail off’ the section through Llanfairfechan saving about 4km and some ascent, but then you would have not started from the sea.
The route is varied and takes you through all manner of landscape features, including the Pensychnant Nature Reserve. The route also includes one section on an old Roman road; thus the name.
A shorter (14km) version of the ride (known as Druids) can be done if time is limited. This is essentially a loop around Penmaen Mawr hill tracing the North Wales Path (as per the longer Druids and Romans route) then arcing back round through the Penmaenmawr village and along the coast to the starting point of Llanfairfechan. For some it will be just a quick trip, but it shouldn’t be written off – it does include a 400m non-stop climb, great views and some fun trails along the way.
The route should be possible throughout most of the year, however during the winter the higher sections may be blocked by drifting snow.
Start from the car park at the front of Llanfairfechan.