Mountain Biking Highlight
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
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This is a great little ride which is in no way technical, has (for the most part) only shallow gradients but affords riders an excellent view from the top of the Clywydian Range all the way over to Snowdonia.
It's mostly on smooth and open tracks, including the initial climb up from Cilcain - there are a couple of slightly steeper bits there and there but nothing troubling. Once off the road and onto the track, the route climbs up the north side of the valley before topping out at the border of the Moel Falau Country Park. From here the views are fantastic; on a good day Snowdonia is perfectly visible in the distance.
But that's not the best thing about the climb. There's a lovely singletrack descent as a reward which drops down to the reservoir at the bottom of the valley, and carries on down the ancient track from Moel Dywyll back to Cilcain.
Just before the Tour brings you back to your starting point, though the route veers off south to Bryn y Castell. From here, there's a stiff-ish (but not long) road climb which leads to the trail at the bottom of Ffrith Mountain. This is a fun, open descent which takes the Tour back to the Moel Dywyll track, where it leads back to Cilcain.
If you've got little ones in tow, or you simply don't fancy the climb to Bryn y Castell and up to the base of Ffrith Mountain, it's extremely easy to just lop off that loop and head back to Cilcain to make for a very enjoyable short Tour.
Cilcain itself has the typical amenities you'd expect in a village of this size; there's a pub, a shop and a post office. There are few options for parking; the village itself is probably your best bet.