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Cycle Ride from Holywell 

A ride in the quiet countryside near Holywell, climbing later to the open moorland of the lower slopes of Halkyn mountain with glimpses of the Dee estuary, and returning by the peaceful friary and church at Pantasaph.

Route:  Holywell - Whitford - Caerwys - Afonwen - Babell - Brynford - Pantasaph - Holywell    Photos of the Ride

Distance: 16 miles 

Ascent: 310m. A longish climb out of Whitford and a steep climb after Afonwen.

Start: Lower Tower Gardens Car Park, Holywell Grid Ref: 187759

Sketch map of a circular cycle ride from Holywell

    The Ride

Turn Right out of car park

Turn Right on to the main road signposted Conwy A55

Turn 2nd Right signposted Whitford 1 miles

Turn Left at crossroads in Whitford signposted Lloc 1 with Huntsman pub on your left

Turn Left at T junction

Follow this road and Caerwys signposts for 3 miles to Caerwys going straight across the main roads (take care)

Go straight ahead through Caerwys - the road bends left on leaving the town

Turn hairpin Left on reaching main road into lane at Afonwen signposted Babell

Keep straight ahead at Black Lion pub at Babell

Straight ahead at crossroads signposted Pentre Halkyn 1

Turn Left at next crossroads by red letterbox into Buxton Lane

Turn Left at T junction

Pass Crooked Horn pub and go straight ahead at Brynford crossroads

Turn Right just after the Friary and Church at Pantasaph

Turn Right at crossroads

Turn Right at main road back into Holywell

   Points of Interest

Holywell is home to St. Winifrede's well and chapel, a place of pilgrimage for many centuries. The Greenfield Valley heritage trail starts at the car park.

Whitford is an attractive hamlet in peaceful countryside

Caerwys is a small stone-built town

The Lower slopes of Halkyn Mountain are open moorland with extensive views

Pantasaph has a Franciscan Friary and Church in a tranquil setting

Photos of the Ride

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