Let the motorcycle touring season begin!!! 200 days have passed since our last tour in October 2013 and we are pleased to report that the weather forecasters got it wrong for this last weekend (!!!), when we toured on some of the best motorcycling roads in North Wales. Apart from some rain on our last leg of day one and a 10 min shower on day two we had blue skies and dry roads providing us with stunning scenery of not only the Welsh coastline but also the Snowdonia National Park.
We had a total of 20 bikes on tour a mix of experienced tourers, returning clients and some who had never been on an organised motorbike tour before. The routes we had selected for the three days were designed to showcase the Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey and the coastline of North Wales. At times you could be forgiven for thinking we were riding outside of the UK with palm trees as a backdrop one minute, lakes and mountains the next and calm blue seas lapping against the coast roads as we rode from Harlech to Barmouth and around the Isle of Anglesey.
This tour was not all about riding, we stopped for lunch on our first day at the Llechwydd Slate Caverns and half of the tour group did the deep mine tour experiencing how slate was excavated in Victorian times, a great place to visit and some excellent motorcycling roads on the ways both there and back! Lunch on day two of the tour was at Nant Gwrtheyrn which is a wonderful location nestled in an old granite quarry on the coastal path of Wales – certainly a place to chill out in with no phone signal! We stayed at “The Nant” on our last tour of 2013 and it did not disappoint then or on this visit.
It was good to see that it is not just “us Brits” who like riding in North Wales, two of our tour group had come over from Ireland and whilst riding on Anglesey it was good to see a group of Dutch riders enjoying the Welsh roads and some German bikes in Beddgelert. We often hear comments that “it’s better to ride in Europe as you get the weather”….. and maybe we should have asked the riders we saw from Holland and Germany why they had come to North Wales to ride? To be fair, we know the answer to that one…….. stunning scenery, roads such as the A470 which motorcyclists dream of with sweeping bends flowing through the mountains and definitely a warm welcome in the hillsides at all the places we stopped for coffees and lunch. At DragonMotoTours, we shall never tire of riding these roads 🙂