Lake Vyrnwy is an ideal route for children. Although the road around the lake is open to traffic, its winding nature and the presence of many other cyclists keeps motorists speeds down. The total distance around the lake is around 12 miles and the road is almost completely flat.
There are several parking places around the lake, and a cafe near the dam.
A More Challenging Ride.
For those wanting a harder ride there is an absolutely fantastic ride to Bala. It's usual to start the ride from Bala. There is around 600m of ascent and the total length of the ride is about 35 miles. From Bala the ride gains the col at Bwlch-y-Groes, which has fine views over the Arans. At 1800ft this is the highest pass in Wales. You can let your legs recover on the descent to the lake and have a well earned piece of cake in the cafe near the dam. The way back to Bala takes the other road from the end of the lake up through Cwm Hirnant before descending back to Bala.