03 Round trip from Bangor to Conway Castle and Caernarfon Castle
Published: 02/03/2021
Marine Drive, Great Orme Toll Road.
As this route forms part of a 6 day tour, this being day 3, this round trip route starts from the accomodation used and soon has you into the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Around every corner is another fantastic view and there are lots of opportunities to stop for a picture along the route.
First place along the way and in my opinion a must do is Zip World. Zip World won international acclaim when it opened Zip World Velocity at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda in March 2013. Offering riders the closest experience a human being can get to skydiving without actually leaping out of a plane. Prepare for a truly unique and exhilarating experience; the fastest zip line in the world. Soar over Penrhyn Quarry where you could travel at speeds of over 100 mph while you take in the breathtaking views and feel the freedom of flight on the 1.5 km ride. I would allow 3 hours from arrival weekdays are less busy and considerably less expensive. The restaurant there serves good food if you can stomach it!

From here the route heads along the A5 past a large lake on a beautiful road to the touristy town of Betws-y-Coed several places to stop for coffee if it's not too busy. The A470 will take you to Llandudno beach and then onto the coastal toll road to circumnavigate Great Orme, the toll was £1.80 per motorcycle in 2019, well worth it as the road and views are great.
Crossing the River Conwy gives you a great view of Conwy Castle that is just metres away. The fast A55 that travels alongside the coast offering great views across Conwy Bay towards Puffin Island. It passes through two tunnels as you head back to Bangor to cross over the Menai Bridge and onto the Isle of Anglesey. The route passes over and then under the bridge for a picture. You are now on the Isle of Anglesey, but not for long as the route leaves Anglesey via the Britannia Bridge.
If you did not ride the zip wire you will have more exploring time to use on Anglesey.

You will pass the ruins of a roman bath house and fort at RP 20 that are clearly visible from the road and then the most impressive Caernarfon Castle is next, you can park right outside if you want. We had a quick drink at the Anglesey Arms with the castle and our bikes in full view. From here, it's back to the start again for a day that you'll never forget.

Links for the accomodation, Zip World and information regarding Great Orme are below this review as well as a link to an MRA route from Bangor to Narberth through Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks, day 4 of the 6 day tour.
Under the Menai Bridge. RP 15
Caernarfon Castle. RP 22
Useful links:
Great Orme Lodges
Zip World
Information for Great Orme.
04 Bangor to Narberth through Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks

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Wales (Welsh: Cymru [ˈkəm.rɨ] (listen)) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. It had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2 (8,023 sq mi). Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), its highest summit. The country lies within the north temperate zone and has a changeable, maritime climate. Welsh national identity emerged among the Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, and Wales is regarded as one of the modern Celtic nations. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd's death in 1282 marked the completion of Edward I of England's conquest of Wales, though Owain Glyndŵr briefly restored independence to Wales in the early 15th century. The whole of Wales was annexed by England and incorporated within the English legal system under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542. Distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century. Welsh Liberalism, exemplified in the early 20th century by David Lloyd George, was displaced by the growth of socialism and the Labour Party. Welsh national feeling grew over the century; a nationalist party, Plaid Cymru was formed in 1925 and the Welsh Language Society in 1962. Established under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the Senedd (the Welsh Parliament, formerly known as the National Assembly for Wales) is responsible for a range of devolved policy matters. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, development of the mining and metallurgical industries transformed the country from an agricultural society into an industrial nation; the South Wales Coalfield's exploitation caused a rapid expansion of Wales' population. Two-thirds of the population live in South Wales, including Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and the nearby valleys. Now that the country's traditional extractive and heavy industries have gone or are in decline, the economy is based on the public sector, light and service industries, and tourism. In livestock farming, including dairy farming, Wales is a net exporter, contributing towards national agricultural self-sufficiency. Wales closely shares its political and social history with the rest of Great Britain, and a majority of the population in most areas speaks English as a first language, but the country has retained a distinct cultural identity. Both Welsh and English are official languages; over 560,000 Welsh-speakers live in Wales, and the language is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the "land of song", in part due to the eisteddfod tradition. At many international sporting events, such as the FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, Wales has its own national team. At the Olympic Games, Welsh athletes compete for the UK as part of a Great Britain team. Rugby union is seen as a symbol of Welsh identity and an expression of national consciousness.
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This collection of 6 routes all pass through at least 1 of the 3 spectacular national parks of Wales'. Each park is unique and individual and the landscapes vary from the vast, remote and wide open moorland of the Brecon Beacons to the rugged mountains and glistening lakes of Snowdonia and the spectacular coastline of the Pembrokeshire coast. Each is a delight to travel through and these routes will take you to some of the best beauty spots.
There are some great attractions to visit too, as well as having more than it's fair share of fantastic castles and historic buildings, there is the worlds fastest zip line, a balcony road used for world rally stages, mysterious caves and magical waterfalls and a museum of land speed records. All of these can be seen on the routes in this collection.
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