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Coed y Brenin (© Aneurin Philips)

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Code of Conduct

Cyclists should note that although cyclists have a legal right to cycle on bridleways, the Law (Section 30, Countryside Act 1968) requires that they must give way to pedestrians and horse riders at all times.

On Snowdon, this is especially important where there are exceptionally high levels of walkers using the Llanberis, Rhyd Ddu and Snowdon Ranger paths.

Off-road cycling is a relatively new activity which can give rise to conflict with landowners and other countryside users. Like walking and horse riding, it can lead to damage and erosion on fragile upland surfaces, particularly when the ground is wet, or when large numbers of cyclists are involved.

Especially when travelling quickly, cyclists can easily surprise or shock walkers and horse riders. Please avoid these problems by following these simple guidelines:

Coed y Brenin

Coed y Brenin (© Aneurin Philips)

Look 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.
  • Display 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.
  • Make sure that your bike is under control on unstable or wet surface; particularly when riding downhill, which is when most serious accidents occur.

Look 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 walkers and horse riders. If you approach them from behind, please call out a greeting.
  • 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.

Look After the 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.

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