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Cycle Ride from Denbigh

A ride on quiet lanes through unspoilt countryside. There is one long hill climb but the reward is  breathtaking views and an exciting descent to the village of Cyffylliog. There is an optional off-road detour via Lady Bagot's Drive, a Victorian carriage drive along a sublime glen and gorge. The ride starts from the edge of Denbigh town centre and avoids the town centre, but there is an optional detour if you wish to visit Denbigh castle.

 Photos of the Ride

Route:  Denbigh - Cyffilliog - Bontuchel - (Lady Bagot's Drive - off-road detour) - Rhewl - Llanynys - Denbigh 

Distance: 17 miles 

Ascent:  1750 ft    530 m

Start: free car park just outside Denbigh town centre Grid Ref: 053664 (OS 50,000 Denbigh & Colwyn Bay No 116). The car park is best approached from the roundabout SE of the town. Follow the Town Centre sign and go past the Leisure Centre, a school and tennis courts. Turn Left at the sign for Free Parking and the car park is shortly on the Right after a terrace of cottages.

Sketch map of a circular cycle ride from Denbigh

    The Ride

(See below for optional detour at start) Turn Left out of car park and shortly Right at main road

Turn Right into lane signposted Prion & Saron after passing school and leisure centre

After just over a mile keep straight ahead at crossroads near Pont Ystrad

Turn 2nd Left (no sign post; Grid Ref: 055681)

Keep straight ahead at crossroads signposted Cyffylliog 3 miles and go at first through attractive woodland

Turn 1st Right soon after crossing a stream near an idyllic farmhouse

After a low gear climb over the shoulder of Fridd Fawr hill Keep Left near small farm

The views from the high, unfenced lane soon become spectacular. Descend steeply to the village of Cyffilliog

Turn Left at the village

Follow the river first with the river on your Right and then on your Left. Pass a weir and salmon pass and the hamlet of Bontuchel. (See below for optional diversion via Lady Bagot's Drive) Nearly a mile after the bridge at Bontuchel Turn First Left (unsignposted; Grid Ref: 093583)

Turn Left at A525 and enter the village of Rhewl

Just after the Drovers' Arms pub Turn Right and immediate Left signposted Llanynys

Keep Left after pub in Llanynys signposted Lanrhaeadr

Turn 2nd Left at white house

Turn Left at T junction signposted Denbigh and go to roundabout SE of Denbigh


    Optional detour at start for those wishing to visit Denbigh Castle

Go to the far end of the free car park and walk down the short path

Go Left along main road signposted Town Centre and again Keep Left

At the Conservative Club Fork Left into a narrow, quiet, restricted access road

Shortly after the end of the one-way section Turn Left on to the B4501 and Left again to visit the castle

Return to the B4501 and Turn Left

Shortly Turn First Left into a lane

In just over a mile Turn Right to join the main route near Pont Ystrad

    Optional detour via Lady Bagot's Drive

Cross the bridge at Bontuchel and keep Right parallel to the river

After half a mile and just before a steep hill Turn Right into the Drive

After over 2 miles the Drive enters a tarmac lane which comes out nearly opposite the Drovers' Arms in Rhewl


   Points of Interest

Denbigh  is a walled historical town. Its ruined Castle (Admission 2.50 for adults with concessions for children and over sixties) is on a hill and commands wide views. Its best preserved part is the gate tower reputed to be the most impressive in Britain.

Cyffylliog is a quiet, remote village surrounded by expanses of totally unspoilt countryside.

Lady Bagot's Drive is very special. Click here for more information. Though off-road the going is mostly easy but parts of it can be distinctly muddy in wet weather.

Photos of the Ride

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