The 360, located in Wales is the Welsh equivalent to Scotland’s NC500 and is a must to do on your bucket list if you enjoy travel and scenery. 360 is all in the name as it is 360 miles of fantastic roads that go around Mount Snowden, following the coast of Wales from Aberdovery, up and around the coast of Anglesey heading easterly to Colwyn Bay and the returning back to Aberdovery through Snowdonia National Park. A superb ride for any motorcyclist. Wales is known for its scenic views and this particular route is full of them and one that you will always remember. A mixture of mountains, sea views, and breath-taking country side, the 360 is perfect for a break away from the usual city life whilst enjoying the satisfaction of a long motorbike ride.
Where To Start?
You can start your ride by heading towards Machynlleth and then head for Pont Ar Dyfi, from hear you will be able to choose whether you would like to travel clockwise or anti clockwise around the route. You can program your satnavs with the following waypoints to get you around the 360 clockwise.
Starting at Machynlleth:
Pennal, Aberdovey, Tywyn, Bryncrug, Rhosleefain, Friog, Penmeanpool, Barnmouth, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Llanfair, Harlech, Penrhyndeudraeth, Aberdaron, Aberdesach, Pentir, Rhosyr, Holyhead Amlwch ,Bangor ,Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Dolgarrog ,Pop y Pant, Ffestiniog, Bala, Dolgellau, Ffriddgate, Machynlleth.
How Long Does It Take?
The Welsh 360 could be completed in a day, but you would miss out on all the things that the route is about, not forgetting that you have to ride from your home to reach the start point and also allow time to return home. It is recommended that you allow three days to do the route, this will give you time for lots of small stops so that you can take in the experience. There is plenty of accommodation along the way for you to enjoy and rest up at. There are hotels, cottages, clamping sites and even Glamping available and some are listed in this article.
ore than ample places to eat and drink around the route including Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Restaurants. You can discover more unique experiences and attractions for anyone and everyone are dotted around the 360. They include Adventure activities, Garden Parks, Museums and Galleries, Scenic Trains & Steam Trains, and even underground Adventures.
As you are passing some large towns on the route, you will find plenty of fuel stops around the 360 so that you won’t have to worry about running short.
For all the motorcyclists that are thinking of camping, you will find some beautiful sights around the 360. Here are just a few of the many sites you will find on the route. Next to Nantcol Waterfalls, set in the heart of Snowdonia is where you’ll discover Nantcol Waterfalls Campsite. Here you can choose to pitch a tent or hire a Glamping pod, with washrooms available and even WIFI on site. If glamping is your thing, you could hire out a heated pod at Hende Mynach Camping Park. Pods and glamping are becoming very popular in the motorcycle world but can be a little costlier than the usual pit stops. The convenience of this is that Bikers are able to leave their tents and camping equipment at home, saving on valuable space and weight on the bikes.
As for places to eat a drink amongst the many places about the route, there is one named Dylans Restaurant in Menai Bridge with beautiful views of the Menai Strait and great food too. Further down south, you will come across at the Eagles Inn. For just a quick bite or something more substantial, you will be guaranteed a warm welcome in this friendly pub. There is plenty of parking at the rear of the Inn.
If you are in need of some spares for your motorcycle whilst on route or just some new accessories, there are some dealers that would help you out. You will find them in Talsarnau near Porthmadog, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, and Abergele and many more which is all conveniently located not too far from the route.
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