Ride the Clwyds of North East Wales
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This 20 km loop is one of the best rides in the Clwydian Hills. 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.
This ride is the culmination of a number of events of what promises to be a great weekend with ODL friends.
On the Saturday before, ODL will be entering a team for the Help for Heroes trail run at Betws-y-Coed.
Further details of the event can be found by following the links below:
There is also an MTB event on the Saturday at Penmachno. Further details of the event can be found by following the link below:
On the Saturday evening why not join us at the social, this is a great event which we run annually after the trail run. In fact if you don't fancy the run or the ride, why not just come along to the social to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Details of the social can be found by following the link below:
What to bring
- A good quality mountain bike. Preferably full suspension, but hardtails are fine.
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
- Plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
- Eye protection - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy asks you to wear a helmet to events. A full face helmet would be a good idea for those intending to descend quickly.
- Pads. Optional, but knee and elbow pads can stop a fall from ruining your day.
- Bag you will need a small day-sack (or panniers on your own bike) to carry essential clothing, water and an emergency snack.
Food & drink
Please bring plenty to eat and drink. Remember that it will be early November when we do this ride so something warm to eat for lunch would be a good idea as well as a plentyful suply of energy snacks.
THERE IS NOWHERE TO BUY FOOD AND DRINK AT/NEAR THE START OR EN-ROUTE.