Slaying the Dragon – Cycling Across Wales


Doreen and I have successfully “slain the dragon” by cycling across the length of Wales. Starting from Holyhead on the Northern Island of Anglesey we followed the “Lon Las Cymru” cycling route to Chepstow on the South Western tip of Wales. Including a few scenic detours – and occassionally getting lost – over 500 kms and more than 6,000 metres of vertical climb – yes Wales is hilly!

Lon Las Cymru

Below: South Stack Lighthouse at the tip of Anglesey Island – the trip begins!

South Stack Lighthouse

We were fortunate to have only a couple days of rain – although Day 2 it POURED! This was a pretty hard tour and on several days Doreen was heroic – climbing some super steeps but spectacular stretches – we bumped into more than our fair share of 20% grade signs. While every day had a distinctive feel, the scenery and routes were always beautiful.

Welsh Countryside

Although primarily quiet rural/mountain roads, the route also included visits to several fantastic World Heritage Castles, quaint Welsh villages, and some great seaside views.

Cycling Cadair Idris

Cycling Cadair Idris

Cycling Cadair Idris

Bike bridge near Barmouth

Welsh Wildlife


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  3. it looks just wonderful!!! i’m heading off to cycle around Wales myself soon (start of august) … but i’m confused – where are your panniers? i’m camping so have to take a tent, sleeping bag/mat, cooking utensils, clothes etc, etc… and therefore am going to be loaded down… you don’t seem to have anything except a camera bag. wish i could travel so light!! 🙂

  4. hahahaha… excellent – now that sounds like a great plan!!

    well, with the load i’m carrying i’m afraid i might be getting off and walking my bike up a few of those 20%’ers… or perhaps i’ll just call it a photo opportunity instead… 🙂

    Thanks for the reply and enjoy the many more cycling adventures to come.

  5. Hi Will,
    Looks like a fantastic ride. Inspiring stuff! We are looking to do half of the ride in late October – would you recommend the North or South section? Also, did you follow Cycle Route 8? Thanks.

  6. Hi Steve,

    Yes, we followed Route 8.

    Personally, I think the North half was much nicer. More deserted paths, and the coastal stuff is great as is the Mawddach Estuary near Barmouth. And the part near the mountain whose name I forget (Cadair Idris perhaps).

    It’s worth the detour to the Southstack lighthouse if you are on holyhead.


  7. Anita campbell on

    We are doing the slaying the dragon starting at Holyhead and finishing at Chepstow. Hoping to do about40 miles a day and to take approximate a week. Would like information re camp sites on route which will take a large camper van.please help! Anita and Gordon campbell

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