Mignaint / Penmachno

Road Cycling

Mignaint / Penmachno | ©Si Panton

Mignaint / Penmachno

Road Cycling

Another mega-classic ride, and perhaps best done coming up from the Ysbyty Ifan side. This gives a very long ascent, never too steep, apart from one section getting onto the moors towards a noisy cattle grid. This climb can be awesome in a gale with rain, especially when riding from far away - a good time to ‘meet the man with the hammer’. Depending on where you are headed you can have a very nice descent towards Ffestiniog or a steep and somewhat bumpy descent to Penmachno.

The opposite direction from Ffestiniog to Ysbyty Ifan is also very rewarding, a long steady climb, past a great cafe, followed by an amazing descent on perfect and usually deserted roads. The climb from Penmachno is a bit on the brutal side, best saved for a low-gravity day.

Conditions:

The highest point by the junction with the road to Penmachno is 485m; consequently, during the winter months it is occasionally blocked with snow.

Approach:

The common starting point is Betws y Coed but Blaenau Ffestiniog is an obvious alternative option.


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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Road cycling is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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