Motorcycle touring North Wales April 2014

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.  Snowdonia National ParkApart 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.  APalm trees at Beaumarist 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 seas on Angleseycalm 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 🙂

Berwyn Mountains ride-out 6th April 2014

We have had two motorcycle ride-outs so far this year – although maybe the title of “one day tour” would be more appropriate given that we ride through scenic locations, taking in excellent motorcycling roads and ensuring that we have good stops for coffee and lunch etc.  The first ride was mid March to the Shropshire hills when we had great weather.  Not so good for this ride-out over the Berwyn Mountains on the 6th April as the April showers showed their “face” but did not spoil the day for those who joined us.

1 RazvanRazvan once again met us at our start point to take photos of everyone as they arrive, he takes excellent shots as can be seen from his facebook page – Motorbikes and Riders – give him a “Like” and you can check through all his fab pics.  Raz is a biker himself – at the “L” plate stage and loving being on two wheels 🙂

We headed out of Cheshire across the border into Wales with coffee at the Ponderosa cafe on the Horseshoe Pass.  The ride there was quiet, very little traffic probably SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESbecause the forecast had been for heavy rain, but we actually encountered only “mizzle” at that stage and had what could be referred to as “millionaire’s parking” once we arrived as there was only a couple of other bikes up there…….  Once everyone had a warming cuppa, (and in some cases a cream cake!!!),  we rode on towards Bala Lake and then climbed over the Berwyn Mountains.

Sadly the scenery was somewhat masked by mist and rain but the roads were deserted, as one of the riders who joined us pointed out “I didn’t even encounter a car to overtake!”.  Whilst the weather was against us at times everyone enjoyed the ride to lunch, the roads were mucky in places but that’s part of the fun at the end of a ride-out…. washing the bikes!  We had a fab welcome from everyone at The New Inn, Llangynog who fed nearly 40 of us within the hour, the roaring log fires were a welcome sight and we arrived there just before the heaviest downpour of the day – after that the day improved thankfully.

We have a list longer than your arm of favourite motorcycling roads in the UK and our route for the afternoon to fuel took everyone on just one of them from Llangynog to Oswestry – the road twists and turns through some wonderful scenery of the border county hills.  Once fuelled up we continued through the Shropshire Marches and back into Cheshire 70 Seanto our departure point at The Tollemarche Arms in Alpraham – thanks to all there for the welcome.

Sean may have had a ZZR in need of a good clean at the end of the day’s ride, but his grin says it all.  We were thrilled with the turn out for the day with over 30 bikes on the ride – just goes to show that the forecast of rain to a motorcyclist does in fact mean “liquid sunshine”… 🙂

Our next “one day tour” will be 18th May riding the Denbigh Moors – can’t wait!