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Not too far north from Gwynedd, on the Isle of Anglesea, defending the shores of the Menai Strait, you’ll find Beaumaris Castle, a World Heritage Site that’s well worth the ride. The last of Edward I's fortresses in North Wales, construction started in 1295 A.D. and continued for 35 years, though was never completed.

Snowdonia National Park in the north of Wales, is easily accessible on your bike, and here, among many other hills, you’ll find the mountain of Snowdon (1,085m). If you need a break from the saddle, take the Snowdon Mountain Railway, running to the summit. From here, you have some great views over Snowdonia, and on a good day, you can even see Ireland in the distance.

By 1850, more people were employed in industry than in agriculture in Wales, making it the world's first industrial nation. With the industrial revolution, came the need to produce iron and steel, and one of the newer mills, the Dyfi Furnace, is situated between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth.

Today, with the country's traditional heavy industries, such as coal, steel, copper, tinplate and slate, either diminished or gone completely, Wales' economy depends on the public sector, service industries, and, strangely enough, tourism. So, get on your bike, and check out this endlessly interesting country, full of great roads to ride, and even better places to stop, and take it all in.

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