If you’re keen to do some Cycling and Running on Anglesey while you're staying at Cerrig y Barcud, then you’ll find plenty of opportunities. Training hard and want to keep it going whilst on holiday, but don’t fancy pounding away on the treadmill? You’ll be pleased to hear that there’s plenty of running and cycle routes right from your cottage door.
Bike Storage Area
Throughout the island, you'll find scores of quiet country lanes which are almost traffic-free so you can cycle, run or walk in peace, while you enjoy the wildlife and views.
There are also dedicated cycle paths in some areas. Ideal for exploring safely, you’ll find a route along the Cefni between Malltreath and Llyn Cefni (see below), and a fantastic route from Felinheli along the seafront to Caernarfon and beyond.
We have a separate bike storage area where bikes can be kept dry and secure throughout your stay.
We’ve compiled just a few Cycling and Running routes that you may enjoy. These have been added to Strava, and you can find links below where you can upload to your GPS device, or simply print off a route map.
Alternatively, you can use the Segment Search to find Cycling and Running routes around the cottages.
The routes below are confined to the immediate area around Cerrig y Barcud. There are a huge variety of routes to be found on the Island and into Snowdonia including some with truly incredible views.
For more advice on routes, including running in Snowdonia, please do ask at reception, where Mat will be pleased to help, and can also let you know about any local races and club-runs taking place during your stay.
Each of these are mainly on relatively quiet country lanes, some having a short stretch along the A4080 which is a little busier. The 10k route finishes with approx. 1k on "footpath" across fields.
With its forest trails, beaches, mountain views and mystical island, Newborough Forest is a special place to run. Either follow the marked routes, or just enjoy getting lost in the forest!
Each of these routes begins and ends at Cerrig y Barcud, and follows a circular route based around part of the Sandman Triathlon Route. Generally rolling route without too many demanding rises!
and here's the full Sandman route from Newborough... Sandman Tri Cycle Route
Families with younger cyclists may enjoy a ride around Newborough Forest. Just a few miles from your cottage, follow the road from Newborough Village, and down towards the beach (there's a £4 toll). ). Alternatively, follow the main road on through Newborough towards Malltreath and after about a mile you’ll find parking on the left hand side from where you can enter the forest with no toll charges. There's no end of trails and tracks in and around the forest.
The cycle route from Malltreath to Llangefni is perfect for families with older children. The route can be found here and is a route of approximately 7 miles (each way) using cycle tracks, and a little-used road along the river Cefni to take you all the way into the centre of Llangefni (just a word of warning - the wind will be against you on the way back!!
Green Lane Bike tours offer bike hire, and guided tours around the island – just follow the link here for more information.
A free 5k event for anyone, held every Saturday morning at 9am in the beautiful grounds of Penryn Castle. All you have to do is register with Parkrun once, and then turn up. For more information, just click here.
In November 2014, North Wales’ first Parkrun started at Penrhyn Castle: four laps around the grounds of a stunning country house in the form of a Norman Castle. Find out more here.
Since then, Parkrun has started in three other locations;
Newborough Forest is our nearest Parkrun; a single lap course incorporating hard trails, forest trails, and a little sand for good measure.
Nant y Pandy Parkrun in Llangefni takes you through the woodland Cefni Valley up to the lake and back.
Conway Parkrun is a little further afield, but offers a flat course along the estuary below Conway Castle.
If you’re interested in taking part in a sporting event during your stay, there’s plenty throughout the year on Anglesey and across in Snowdonia. Here’s just a few sites that you may be interested in, especially if you enjoy a bit of swimming before your cycling and running!
Throughout the year, there are a huge number of local running events taking place, especially fell and mountain races. During the summer, many are held midweek, cost just a few pounds and allow entry on the day. Please ask for more information, and we’ll let you know of any we know of that take place during your stay
300 yards from Menai Straits
10 mins from Newborough Beach & forest
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Cerrig y Barcud Holiday Cottages
Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ