Hiraethog mountain bike base

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Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre, Cerrigydrudion, Corwen, LL21 9TT
Hiraethog mountain bike base (which you may know more by the name of Denbigh Moors trails) is a region in Conwy and Denbighshire in North-East Wales. As soon as you say North Wales it conjures the great mountain bike trail centre of Coed Llandegla and the back to true basic MTB base of Betws-y-Coed but there is much more riding to be done in North Wales for riders of all abilities.
 
This mountain bike base is a good start for families and beginners and there is also some long distance stamina and endurance testing long reds and blues thrown in. Mynydd Hiraethog means "The Mountain of Great Longing". Reckon the views have something to do with that. The terrain is defined by lakes, forest and rugged moorland. The Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre is probably the best base and starting point for most of the trails here.
 
As this is a base each trails facilities will differ on an individual basis and generally be very limited or non existent. So make sure you come prepared. We share a taster of each of them here but be sure to check out the Ride North Wales trail website for specific facility, direction and route maps.

Tough at the Top - (Red)

  • This is a red graded stamina busting 57km of a ride with nearly 1500 feet of climbing. Descent though would be pretty long too I'd guess. 

The Two Lake Tour - (Red)

  • This is a 4 hour minimum 40km lung busting route with nearly a 1000 feet of climbing. You go from the village of Llanfihangel through Clocaenog Forest up to the Alwen Resevoir. There you will cross the dam and continue on to the larger Llyn Brenig.

Up to the Lake- (Blue)

  • This is a beginner trail of 42km (so has a blue grade)  and takes around 4 hours to ride with a vertical height of around 500 metres. It starts at Cyffylliog Village.Grid Reference : SJ060578. There is no car park at the start of this ride so please park in the village. It's a long route but not technical . It goes through the Clocaenog Forest, and around the Llyn Brenig lake. 

The Lake and a Bit - (Blue)

  • This is a moderate to intermediate ride over 32km taking around 3 hours. Again it takes in the Llyn Brenig lake, the surrounding forest and into the moorland. 

Around the Lake - (Green)

  • This is a non hilly beginner green graded trail taking about an hour to ride the 15.2km route. It takes you round the Llyn Brenig lake starting at the visitor centre. A good family trail.  

Bod Petryal - (Green)

  • Another beginner green graded family trail. It's a very short 3.5km forest trail taking about an hour to ride

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  • The website http://ridenorthwales.co.uk/ has detailed maps and guides to each of these so be sure to check it out.
  • A mountain bike "Base" is an area/locality hosting several way-marked/mapped trails, with essential MTB facilities (accommodation, restaurants & cafes, bike shops etc.) all available within the vicinity from independent providers.

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Hiraethog mountain bike base
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
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Another hidden gem within the welsh hills.
I've done several of the routes listed on the'Ride North Wales' website around this area and one thing that can be relied upon is big climbs and awesome scenery.
As with most of the riding in this area be prepared as conditions can be changeable and you can be a long way from help if things go a bit pear shaped.
Most of the trails are on forest roads linked up with a few sections of single track which will probably not appeal to all but there is some great XC riding to be had in this area.
If you start from one of the lakeside visitor centers you have a good base with all the facilities you could wish for.

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Good quality trails
Breathtaking scenery
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No or limited waymarking
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