The Berwyn Ridge (Cadair Berwyn & Cadair Bronwen)

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Nov 25

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This hike is about 20km (12.5 miles) with ~900m of ascent. While there's nothing particularly technical on this walk, it is quite long, so prepare for a full day out in the hills.

Join Outdoor Lads for a mountain walk in The Berwyn Mountains. These mountains are the tallest in North Wales outside Eryri. Being outside the national park, they're seldom visited and we'll likely have the mountains to ourselves.

The walk starts in the village of Llandrillo, from where we'll cut through a small section of farmland before winding our way up Coed y Glyn forest. Once we exit the forest, onto higher ground, we'll make our way up onto the main ridge; first summitting Cadair Bronwen (770m) and then Cadair Berwyn (827m), the walk's highpoint. After bagging the summit, we'll come off the ridge and descend back to Llandrillo.    

Points of interest on the route:

Llandrillo Village: The small village where we start and finish is one of Denbighshire's prettier villages, with several listed buildings; including St Trillo's Church and Pont Llandrillo Bridge. 

Coed y Glyn Forest: As we make our way onto higher ground, we'll make our way through this forest, which is a mix of native deciduous and introduced coniferous woodland. The Afon Llynor River (which we ford) also flows through the forest. 

Y Berwyn National Nature Reserve: Once we leave the forest and come onto the ridge, we'll enter Y Berwyn National Nature Reserve. The reserve is a very well preserved high moorland habitat, being home to many rare plants and animals. The reserve is also a European Special Protection Area for raptors, with significant populations of hen harriers, merlins and peregrine falcons.

Cadair Berwyn Summit: Our walk's high point offers fantastic views of much of Wales, including the impressive peaks of Eryri to the west and the Clwydian hills to the East.

Dogs are welcome, though will need to be on leads if we go through any fields with livestock. There are also several stiles they may need lifting over.

Once finished, we can go to the nearby pub.

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