Mountain biking rouite near Llanbrynmair

As described in a recent post, the rights of way network near Llanbrynmair is in a right old mess. Either the definitive map was drawn up by a total fantasist or farmers have taken great pleasure in blocking footpaths. This can make the area frustrating for the outdoor enthusiast because it appears to offer so much.

Here is a great route that avoids all that trouble. It makes use of the Glyndwr’s Way bridleway on the outward leg so no problems there. It then picks up a nice (albeit unmarked) bridleway back.

Time about 2 hours. Nothing technical (but not easy either) with a stiff climb at the beginning. Start point was the Caravan club site just west of Llanbrynmair (Gwern-y-bwlch, just off A470 west of Llanbrynmair).

Start:

- From Caravan site, ride up steep hill. Stay on road around the hairpin and right to the top of the hill

- Take unmarked forest track on right at at grid ref 873 040

- Ride to the top where you hit the Glyndwr’s Way bridleway. Turn left

- Follow bridleway all way to road at GR 862 045

- Turn left on road then quickly right onto Glyndwr’s Way bridleway. Ride to road and turn right

-Keep following signs for Glyndwr’s Way for a nice hill crossing and downhill. When you get to the bottom at 833 043 look out for the unsigned bridleway joining on the left from behind. Take this and it runs nicely along the valley bottom all the way to back to Commins Coch.

- From Commins Coch you can turn right back down to the A470 or left-then-right-then-right to take you on the small road back to the campsite

Have fun

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