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Wayfarer : Route

This ride comes from Paul Davies ph_davies@lineone.net  

Total distance 30 miles
OS map  Bala and Lake Vyrnwy Landranger 125
Start Grid ref. SJ075435
Where is Corwen?

This is a classic XC ride in North Wales. 30 miles long, five hours should do it. It involves quite a bit of road riding, but it's definitely worth it! Corwen makes a good starting point to this ride, lots of car parks, toilets etc. This is ten miles west of Llangollen on the A5. I like to start at Cynwyd a nearby village. However I'll describe it from Corwen. Take the road out of the centre of Corwen signed industrial estate and cross the River Dee to a large T-junction, turn right on the virtually traffic free B5437.

An ideal start to spin legs through idyllic scenery, through Carrog and onto to the second bridge to cross the river by turning right up to the small village of Glyndyfrdwy. Here turn left on the A5 for a few hundred yards until you see a chapel, with a sign saying unsuitable for Motors. Yep that's the way to go. Off road at last, a long steady climb up the side of a valley until you get to the Ceriog Forest. Carry straight on until you hit tarmac near a very small car park. Straight on again, until a T-junction, turn left on a minor road for 0.5km until you see a bridleway sign on the right. Turn down it, a nice narrow muddy run down to a wide track, turn left after a few yards through a mud patch and down to gate in a forest. Here you can turn left down a technical off camber rocky route, or right down an easy track to a minor road.

Turn left at the minor road and spin down to Pandy where there's a pub. Turn right on the road and follow signs on the B 4500 to Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog , a small village with two pubs. We went into the West Arms (recommended) and reluctantly turned right following signs to Pentre and Rhiw. After some easy K's the road turns to stone track and you're now on the famous Wayfarers track across the Berwyn mountains. This pass reaches a height of 580m, you did bring the waterproofs didn't you? We passed struggling Duke of Edinburgh groups here as we climbed up Nant Rhyd William on a track that demands attention ,water splashes, rocks past a grouse shooting hut to a small patch of forest by a gate. Have a break here and summon aggression for the technical ascent to the top of the pass.

Here you'll find a box to put your thoughts in. This is next to a monument to Wayfarer, a cyclist who founded the Rough Stuff fellowship , a group of hard off road cyclists from the 1950`s. Now gird your loins for a delectable long, long, long descent. This descent is fast and furious, keep right all the way and I hope you started it with a decent set of brake blocks as you end up on the road. Turn right and into Cynwyd (Blue Bell pub good for food and ale) If you started in Corwen, tough! you have a few more km on the road!
You'll need OS map Bala and Lake Vyrnwy Landranger 125. It is worth getting as it's stuffed with MTB routes. Make sure you have good clothing this is a mountain bike route. Oh and some money for the pubs. You might think this route contains too much road, try it and you won't be disappointed!

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