The Clwyds (Bikes need suspension and MTB tyres)

Off Road (Trail) Biking
Mar 19

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20 kms (12.5 miles) 4 - 5 hours

NB Good quality mountain bikes, preferably full suspension, but hard-tails are fine. However, MTB tyres are a must. (Sorry no Hybrid or Gravel Bikes)


This 20 km loop is one of the best rides in the Clwydian Hills, North East Wales.  It starts at the Pump House car park close to the tiny village of Cilcain to the north of Moel Famau.

We start a long and gradual climb, first on track then onto grassy bridleway and single track, up to meet the Offa's Dyke Path just below the summit of Moel Famau.  No mean feat but the reward is some superb grassy doubletrack before a sinuous moorland singletrack brings us down to the village of Llangynhafal and our stop for lunch.

This descent is fast and fun but do watch out for walkers on their way up.

Don't eat too much lunch would be my advice.  Our return leg follows road and track up and up towards, and within touching distance of Moel Arthur.  To our right is Moel Llys-y-coed and we'll loop right round the mountain before some of the best singletrack North Wales has to offer takes us down to the reservoir at Garth.  From here a couple of kms on hardpack takes us back to the car park to conclude an excellent ride.  

If the weather is bad then the ride will get postponed and I will look for another suitable date

There is also an MTB event on the Saturday at Penmachno

I will be staying in Betws - y - Coed that weekend so we can meet-up for drinks, food etc Saturday evening.

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