Another high and remote challenge with great views; it is often done as part of a much longer ride. The minor road running from Llanuwchlyn to Trawsfynydd is a favourite section with sportive organisers, and it is easy to see why, such is the quality of the riding.
It is quite different in character depending on which way you ride it. From the Bala end it seems to be composed of short and very steep rises which kill your legs, a typical ‘Casse-Pattes’ road, at least to start with. There is no real summit as such, just lots of up and down…indeed, so much that when you first ride it in this direction you will be scanning the horizon from every summit trying to work out where the route goes next, and hoping it’s mainly downwards. Be prepared to groan as you see the road in the far, far distance rise up yet another long and steep hill! Eventually it does start to lose height as you get towards Trawsfynydd. Don’t forget to look up over your sweaty handlebars and admire the scenery: there are lots of little known hills, tumbling waterfalls and very pretty stone bridges spanning deep gorges. It is handy to ride this road with a friend as there are quite a few gates to open.
In the opposite direction, eastwards towards Bala, expect a much gentler ride as the hills are longer, and thus less steep.
The highest point of the Llanuwchlyn to Trawsfynydd road is 531m; consequently, during the winter months it is occasionally blocked with snow.
The common starting point is Bala but as the route is often linked with a longer ride there are many alternative options.