This 25.5km route takes you on an interesting ramble around the hills south east of Llangollen. There are three big climbs and three big descents, plus a variety of riding surfaces. This is a lovely part of Wales and the views of Chirk Castle and Offa’s Dyke are superb.
The first climb up into and through Ty’n Celyn Wood is pretty brutal but eventually eases. Once over the crest you can then drop down into the Ceiriog Valley and Pontfadog to the south.
After you’ve crossed the river you face a long climb rising diagonally up through the steep wooded hillside. This eventually pops you out into a lofty position replete with fine views. The descent takes you down the Ceiriog Trail, which crosses the Offa’s Dyke Path and cuts back over the River Ceiriog to face the third and easiest of the big climbs. Keep following the Ceiriog Trail as it sweeps around Warren Wood then continues with some more sections of road and track until you connect back to the first steep part of the route.
The route is not too remote but you will still a map and compass, plenty of food and water, plus adequate clothing and bike spares. You should also tell someone of your intentions and estimated return time, just to be sure.
This is a wild mountain biking route as opposed to a purpose built trail, and as such it can be quite challenging in poor weather conditions. In the very worst winter conditions the higher sections of the route may be blocked by drifting snow.
The route starts from any of the car parks in Llangollen.