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Cycle Ride from Llyn Brenig

A quite strenuous ride through varied terrain - lake, forest, moorland, rolling hills and riverside with distant views of Snowdonia and nearer views of the Clwydian hills. There are a couple of miles or so of off-road forest tracks and a spectacular ride along the top of a dam wall at the end.

Route:  Llyn Brenig - Pentre Llyn Cymmer - Cyffilliog - Bontuchel - Llanfwrog - Clocaenog - Llanfihangel - Llyn Brenig  Photos of the ride

Distance: 30 miles 

Ascent: 600m. The toughest climb is near the beginning out of the hamlet of Pentre Llyn Cymmer, though there is another quite steep ascent after Clocaenog. The climb to Clocaenog is prolonged but after the first bit much of it is relatively gentle. Most of the other ascents are more moderate and there are some relatively level sections.

Start:  car park at Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre Grid Ref: 967546 OS map 50,000:1 No. 116 Denbigh and Colwyn Bay

Sketch map of a circular cycle ride from Llyn Brenig

    The Ride

Turn Left when exiting Visitor Centre car park

Turn Left on to B4501

Turn 1st Left signposted Pentre-Llyn Cymmer

Turn Left again after one tenth of a mile

Go through hamlet of Pentre-Llyn Cymmer and start steep climb

After 3 miles Keep straight ahead at cross roads

After 2.2 miles Keep straight ahead at cross roads

After 1.8 miles enter village of Cyffilliog passing Red Lion & following Nantglyn signpost

Go over bridge signposted Rhuthin 4

After 3 miles Turn Right at T junction on to B road at Llanfwrog signposted Cerrig-y-Drudion

After one tenth of a mile Turn First Right on to unclassified road

After 3 miles enter village of Clocaenog - carry straight ahead and pass school

Turn Right at terrace of cottages called Paradwys

Turn Right at T junction (B5105) signposted Llanfihangel 5

After nearly 6 miles pass the pub at Llanfihangel & Turn First Right after the bridge and follow the lane alongside river, passing a picnic place

After 12/3 miles go over bridge and Turn Left on to forest track (though there is a locked gate to keep out motor-bikes and cars, bikes can easily pass through the right hand side of the gate). Almost immediately Keep Left.

Turn Left on to road at T junction and you are back at Pentre Llyn Cymmer

Go over bridge and Turn Right 

At the top of a short fairly steep hill Keep Left

At a crossroads Keep Straight Ahead on to an offroad track and climb to the dam wall

Turn Left along top of dam wall

Turn Right on to narrow track at end of dam wall

Go Left through a latch gate into Visitor Centre grounds

    Points of Interest

Llyn Brenig is a large lake in a very attractive setting with many opportunities for off-road cycling.

Cyffilliog is a small village in a deep valley surrounded by attractive countryside.

Llanfihangel is a tiny, tranquil hamlet strung out along an unfenced, traffic-free lane next to a river: there is a very pleasant picnic site.

Photos of the ride

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