Cycling Cwm Eigiau, Wales
Ride 2.3 miles gaining 1,157’ at 9.7% average grade.
This is a little known but wonderful bike climb in the far north of Wales. We documented this climb because it was on the list of 10 Hardest Welsh Climbs Simon Warren (100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, UK) gave us in advance of our second trip to cycle the amazing hills of the United Kingdom.
If you are not Welsh, good luck with pronunciation of this steep incline! Cwm Eigiau is a road as narrow as they come that will take you through a number of homestead farms on the lower slopes. One of the interesting features of this road is the tunnel of hedges as you start. Though it makes it very tough when you meet a large truck, it is such a fun aspect of this road.
Run the gauntlet of trees and bushes at the start.
Upper left photo is gate at mile 1.3; upper right photo is gate at mile 1.5.
About two-thirds of the way to the summit are two gates to contend with - but they are livestock gates, not private property-no-pass gates. Up past the houses, it will just be you, the pure Welsh landscape, and sheep - of course sheep!
Take extra care on the descent as nearly every corner is blind and drivers will likely not anticipate a cyclist barreling down at high speed.
Aerial views of the finish of the climb.
Aerial view back towards the road we just climbed.