Holyhead to Manchester best route?

utdrd

Active Member
Anyone got tips on the best route to take. Looks like the A5 is the best bet for a large part of it through Wales. Is it a busy, dangerous road (certainly the a55 is along the coast)? Anyone with experience, advice, tips etc much appreciated. have checked the route on bikeroutetoaster.com (133 miles) and looks doable but would prefer quieter roads without adding to journey.
 

irw

Quadricyclist
Location
Liverpool, UK
Anyone got tips on the best route to take. Looks like the A5 is the best bet for a large part of it through Wales. Is it a busy, dangerous road (certainly the a55 is along the coast)? Anyone with experience, advice, tips etc much appreciated. have checked the route on bikeroutetoaster.com (133 miles) and looks doable but would prefer quieter roads without adding to journey.

Myself and the soon-to-be Mrs IRW cycled along the A5 en route to Bala Lake between Ruabon and Corwen a few weeks ago. Although it looks to be quite a major route on the map, it didn't seem too busy to us. Can't say I've ever tried much of the rest of it!

Ian
 

Ben M

Senior Member
Location
Chester/Oxford
I'm from North Wales and can tell you for certain that the A55 is not a road which you want to cycle on. There are plenty of the old roads which would be much safer.

If I were you I'd look at the national cycle network, route 5 (iirc) goes along the North Wales coast.
 

Plax

Guru
Location
Wales
I'm from North Wales and regularly cycle on the A55 between Llanfairfechan and Bangor without incident. You can avoid a lot of the A55 by taking the costal road, some of which runs alongside the A55 (past Conwy & a little along Abergwyngregyn). There is a Sustrans route to avoid the A55 section from Abergwyngregyn to Tal-y-Bont (Bangor). It's a single lane through route for local traffic only. They've resurfaced it now so it's a lot better, but you need to watch out for the cars, drivers of which have looks of horror on their faces when they come haring round the bend and realise there is a cyclist coming in the other direction (hence my preference for the A55 if I know there is no ferry traffic). There are sections of the A55 you can't cycle on anyway (e.g. Colwyn Bay - Conwy).

I've cycled parts of the A5. That is ok depending on what time of day and time of year you travel on it. It can get very, very busy. We're off to Bala camping this weekend, and rather than take the A5 we'll probably do the A4085 & A4212 instead.

I'd personally take the costal route - NCN 5 route. It's a lot flatter for a start.

Don't know if this site will be of help:
http://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/index.html
 
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