North Wales Coast to Coast
If you are thinking of riding this route you will need to plan for, among other things, where to stay and get food along the way, as well as how to get to the start and from the finish. To give you a head start here is some information on what I found out when I rode this route in 2010 and other bits and pieces I have come across since.
Aberystwyth: There are plenty of options. I simply chose one of the seafront hotels and made sure they had a safe area to store or bikes. TBH I can't remember which one.
Machynlleth: Maenllwyd Guest House - This was a wonderful B&B with lovely hosts, good food and accomodation and a lockup for our bikes.
Llangynog: The New Inn Hotel - This had roomy, comfortable accommodation, good food and beer and a lockup for our bikes. Most of the village seemed to congregate here and we experienced a friendly, welcoming evening.
Clwydian Range: Gweryd Lakes - We stayed in The Twiggery self catering accommodation, which gave us everything needed for a comfortable evening, although there was no option for food for the evening from Gweryd Lakes. There was a barn to lock our bikes in.
Food and Drink
Aberystwyth: On the advice Summit Cycles we went to the Olive Branch for our evening meal, which was fantastic. We then spent a great evening out in the pubs and bars of the University town. The Hotel supplied breakfast.
Day 1: For supplies there are plenty of shops around Aberystwyth but at the start of the ride, directly by the first cycle track heading out of town, you go past a Morrisons (Post Code - SY23 3RN).
After this the only place to get food and drink on the ride is the Nant-yr-Arian visitor centre.
Machynlleth: For our evening meal we went to The White Lion Hotel, which supplied good pub food and beer. To restock our riding food we visited the Spar. The B&B supplied breakfast.
Day 2: On the road section not long after exiting the Dyfi Forest, a short distance off the route, is the Mallwyd Service Station with Caffi Carys attached (Post Code - SY20 9HN). I didn't use this but it sounds good.
We did stop at the Artisans coffee and gift shop for and an ice cream, although they also do soup and sandwiches.
There is then the Dafarn Newydd Stores & Fuel Station just after crossing the Vyrnwy dam, which is a good place to resupply.
Llangynog: I didn't see any shop in Llangynog. It might be an idea to ask the New Inn to do a pack lunch. The pub supplied breakfast.
Day 3: There is nothing really on this ride until reaching Llangollen, where you are spoilt for choice. So my advice would be stock up at Dafarn Newydd Stores the previous day.
There are two pubs in Llanarmon DC but these are both gastro pubs, so I'm not sure much would be available quickly.
After Llangollen we stopped at the One Planet Adventure cafe at Coed Llandegla MTB Centre where we enjoyed a great meal with big portions.
Gweryd Lakes: There was no provision for an evening meal here. The nearest option would have been The Raven Inn at Llanarmon-yn-Ial (who also could be an option for accommodation). We self catered at the accommodation, but not much as we had stuffed ourselves at Llandegla. The Gweryd Lakes cafe supplied breakfast.
Day 4: There is not much on the route so stock up at the Gweryd Lakes shop. A short way off the start of the route is a shop in Llanarmon yn Ial. There is the possibility of a mobile coffee hut being at the lower Moel Famau car park but don't rely on it.
At Bodfari you will find the Oriel Bodfari Gallery and Cafe and the Downing Arms.
Just before the final descent to the sea you will come across the Eagle and Child Inn in Gwaenysgor.
Prestatyn: I didn't stay or eat at Prestatyn, but being a seaside town there will be plenty on offer.
Aberystwyth: There are good rail links via Aberystwyth Railway Station.
Prestatyn: There are good rail links via Prestatyn Railway Station. Prestatyn is also not far from the A55.
Vehicle Support: While I have not yet used them yet Bike Bus Adventures has confirmed they can offer their services on this route.