The OVO Energy Women’s Tour will cover new ground in 2018, as the race visits Wales for the first time in its history. Dolgellau will host the start of Stage Five, a potentially decisive day in the battle for the OVO Energy Green Jersey, one that finishes in Colwyn Bay 122 kilometres later. 

Wales has hosted the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in nine different years since its relaunch in 2004; many roads that have appeared in that race will be tackled by the best female professionals in the world on 17 June. Riders will head through Snowdonia National Park during this stage, set entirely in Gwynedd and Conwy, which finishes on Colwyn Bay’s Promenade.


Dolgellau, the starting point of Stage Five of the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour, is a traditional town with a go-ahead attitude, reflected in an ever-improving range of local events and festivals, outdoor activities and places to stay and eat. Dolgellau’s natural resources remain its number one asset. The handsome, dark-stoned market town is set beneath Cader Idris, the legendary ‘Chair of Idris’, on the approach to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary.

Dolgellau is one of the handiest bases for exploring all of Snowdonia – but don’t overlook the many local beauty spots such as the aptly named Precipice Walk and Mawddach Trail along the waterside for nine-and-a-half miles to Barmouth.

Packed with history, it has more than 180 listed buildings and the grand building that houses Ty Siamas, the National Centre for Welsh Folk Music, built in approximately 1870 on the site of the old market place on Dolgellau Square.

While in Dolgellau why not visit Cymer Abbey? It features remains of the abbey church, founded in 1198 by Maredudd ap Cynan for the Cistercian order.

Cycling and horse riding are also popular locally, while mountain bikers flock to the nearby Coed y Brenin Forest Park, famous for its world-class trails for all abilities. Coed y Brenin is the complete outdoor package, with running and walking trails, orienteering, geocaching, play areas and a visitor centre/café.

Colwyn Bay

The sweep of coast from Rhos-on-Sea to Colwyn Bay and beyond has seen a major transformation in recent years. Porth Eirias waterside development is fast becoming a major attraction, offering a bistro run by celebrity chef Bryn Williams and a range of watersport tuition provided by Colwyn Bay Watersports. 

Our green spaces are keeping up too, For the 15th year running, Colwyn Bay won the Wales in Bloom environmental award for its fabulous floral displays.

Eirias Park is a 50-acre green oasis with a boating lake, bowling green, playground and Colwyn Leisure Centre. The park is also home to Stadiwm Zip World, a first-class sporting venue that hosts prestigious rugby union matches and popular outdoor concerts.

Colwyn Bay’s prime attraction, perched panoramically on the hillside, is the Welsh Mountain Zoo. It’s a caring conservation zoo, with many rare and endangered species from around the world including snow leopards, red pandas, Sumatran tigers, chimpanzees and Californian sea lions.

Colwyn Bay is also the perfect place for retail therapy with many independent family run stores and high street favourites. The weekly farmers’ market is on every Thursday at the Bay View Shopping Centre, and grab a bargain at the street market every Tuesday and Saturday.