Cycling, whether on-road or off-road, is a popular activity in Eryri. However, to ensure the safety of yourself and others, there are a series of guidelines you should follow.
Cycling and the law
Please remember that the law requires cyclists to give way to pedestrians and horse riders when on bridleways.
Looking after yourself
- Ensure that your bike is safe to ride and be prepared for emergencies.
- Wear a helmet and use reflective materials on your bike and clothing.
- Use cycling lights after dark.
- Always carry some form of identification.
- Tell someone where you are going, and let them know when you return.
- Learn the basic principles of First Aid.
- Ensure that your bike is under control on unstable or wet surfaces, particularly when riding downhill, which is when most serious accidents occur.
- Remember that you can easily surprise or shock walkers and horse riders as a cyclist, especially if you are travelling quickly.
Looking after others
- Only cycle where you have a Right of Way, and keep to the Right of Way at all times.
- Make your presence known and give way to any walkers and horse riders. If you are approaching from behind, ring a bell or greet them to make sure they’re aware of your presence.
- Take care not to frighten animals.
- Take extra care through farmyards.
- Cycle in small groups; in single file where necessary. Avoid bunching, and remember, racing is illegal.
Looking after Snowdonia National Park
- Choose your route carefully, particularly when the ground is wet, to minimise erosion
- Avoid braking sharply, especially on grassy surfaces, which are easily damaged
- Follow the Countryside Code