Off-Road MTB Cycle Rides up Drum
The following describes two routes up Drum (pronounced Drim), one of the eastern-most
hills on the Carneddau range of mountains in North Wales. Each route is out and
back in nature, although if you wish you could link the routes to other rides
and make them circular. The ascents are long and in places steep and rocky, so
a certain amount of leg work is required. A dab free ascent is quite an
achievement! The descents are tremendously fast, open and flowing with the odd
rocky section thrown in for good measure.
Please be careful of other track users AND horses including mountain ponies. If you see horses with
riders, slow down and holler well in advance.
between 1-2 hours (depending on your level of fitness/enthusiasm for admiring
1 (from Llanfairfechan, just off the A55 expressway).
Distance: 16 km or 10 miles return
Ascent: 770m or 2540 ft
Park in Llanfairfechan on the seafront (there are two cafés here) Grid Ref: 679755 OS Snowdon 50,000 No 116.
Bike back up the road to the traffic lights.
Turn right then take the first turning left.
Ride up the hill, bearing right at the junction by a large pine furniture shop.
Pass the housing estate on your left then take the first turning on the left by a house on the corner.
Continue up the hill for about 100m to a style/gate on your right. Hop over this onto the track.
on this track without turning left or right till you reach the top of Drum. A
large cairn announces itself at the summit and can’t be missed. Strap on any
protective clothing, point your steed downhill and blast back down to either
Llanfairfechan, or Aber (see next route description).
is 3 miles west
of Llanfairfechan on the A55.
Distance: 7 km or 4.5 miles
Ascent: 700 m or 2,300 ft
Arriving by car turn off the A55 to Aber. Continue through Aber following the signs to Coed Aber Nature Reserve. Go over the speed bumps, follow the narrow road for about ˝ a mile to park by the small stone bridge (Bont Newydd). Grid Ref: 662720 Snowdon map.
Bike over the bridge, continuing up the steep, narrow lane to a road-head (limited parking here sometimes).
Go through the gate then continue up the obvious track bearing left initially.
Continue onwards, keeping the sea on your left and the hills on your right.
After a mile
or so, you will come to a finger post at an obvious path junction (just after a
steep section). Turn right and continue to the top of Drum. See previous route
description for what to do next.
by Matt Antoine, a keen local rider!
Photo: Russ Sheaf