Llanberis Pass (SW #189) Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

1.3
FIETS
3.1 mi
DISTANCE
835 ft
GAINED
5.1 %
AVG. GRADE

FULL CLIMB STATS

Page Contributor(s): Ard Oostra, Switzerland

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PJAMM Cyclist rides on two-lane road bordered by stone walls and surrounded by green hillsides

Cycling Llanberis Pass, Wales

Ride 3.1 miles gaining 845’ at 5.1% average grade.

Simon Warren (100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, UK) ranks Llanberis Pass #7 on the Wales 10 Most Epic Climbs List.  This is another exceptional Welsh road bike climb.  We ride along a small mountain stream (Afon Nant Peris) and through a canyon located in the northwestern section of Snowdonia National Park.

photo collage shows views along the climb, climb start at Nant Paris and climb end at Pen y Pass, Llanberis Pass

The climb begins in Nant Peris and ends at Pen y Pass (the high point of the Llanberis Pass).

Do begin the climb in Llanberis - there’s no two ways about it. The town of Llanberis is purely as idyllic as a place can get. Nestled in between rocky mountains, the town sits adjacent to a turquoise lake. Our climb started just a few miles up the road from the town center. The road is a relatively heavily traveled “pass” road, not surprisingly frequented by many tourists. Along the climb are car-sized boulders that I was told are used by the locals as climbing gyms of sorts. Mellow grades see you to the summit where there is a small mountain cafe that echos the summit cafes on many of the Italian Alps climbs. Certainly make a point of climbing Llanberis Pass on your trip through Wales, it is really something special.

bike parked next to a 30 kph sign, PJAMM Cyclist rides on stone wall-lined roadway

On this amazing mountain pass climb you can see breathtaking views of the valley below from the top. If you time it right and finish near sunset, the scene is straight out of a postcard. This area is also known for bouldering and mountain climbing, so keep an eye on the hills for climbers as you ascend. The road is a mellow climb with nothing steep, and a nice consistent grade -- it goes by quick. There are plenty of spots to pull over and enjoy the view while descending. Be careful as cars are traveling fast, and there will likely be some tourist buses transporting visitors to the summit.

aerial drone view looking up and down the canyon at climb's midway point

Aerial views up and down the canyon just past the midpoint of the climb.

photo collage shows huge boulders throughout the climb

boulders throughout the climb 

stream on the climb route

bike parked against low stone wall in town and parked against rocks in grassy hillside

aerial drone view of Dolbadarn Castle in Llanberis

Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis

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