Shotton to Nannerch

Shotton to Nannerch – 15 miles

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Nannerch Village

Undulating route through a mixture of country lanes and main roads.

Start at Shotton Lane, Shotton Deeside.

From Shotton Lane cycle away from the main Chester Road passed the football pitch on your right.

When you get to the top of Shotton Lane the road bears sharp right and then left, follow the lane and pass under the railway bridge.

You are now cycling up a long slight gradient but take the opportunity to stop near the top and look back accross the River Dee and the whole of Deeside.

As you approach the top of the lane/hill it bears sharp right and then left again. Go careful here as the lane is very narrow and watch and listen for any possible traffic.

Keep going until you each the very end of the lane (approx 2 miles)

When you reach the ‘T’ junction at the end turn right towards Northop village.

Northop Village

After about a mile you will come to a mini roundabout, at this roundabout turn right into Northop village. You will cycle down a short steep hill and up the other side into Northop. This is known locally as ‘vinegar hill’ I have absolutley no idea why, maybe someone out there can tell us ?

Carry on straight through the village you will pass two quite nice pubs on your left, but its probably a bit early in the ride to take refreshments yet.

As you come out of the village the other end the road turns into a country lane, carry on until you reach another ‘T’ junction at the very end of the road.

At the junction turn left you are now on Mold Road. After approx half a mile you will come to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights following the road signs for Mold.

You will now be cycling up a long (approx 1 mile) hill and on your left you will pass a large set of wooden gates to a large country estate.

Carry on cycling up the hill and you will reach a speed camera on your left (don’t go too fast
now or they will take your photo !!! )

As you pass the speed camera you will see a pub on your right. The Cross Keys ( you might
need some refreshents after that hill ) At the Cross Keys Pub turn right into Black Brooke Road and follow this lane the whole length of the road, approx one and a half miles.

This lane will take you through some country side on the outskirts of Mold and passed various farms etc.

At the end of Black Brook Road you will come to a ‘T’ junction. Turn right at this junction following the road signs for Denbigh.

You are now on the main Mold to Denbigh Road. This road can at times be quite busy and others very quiet. It is also quite undulating with quite a few short hills/gradients to tackle.

Carry on along this road through the villages of Rhydywyn and Hendre. At Hendre you will pass a quarry on your right. Carry Straight on.

After a while you will pass a junction with road signs for Cilcain on your left and Rhes-y-Cae on your right, carry straight on. Its worth mentioning here that the lanes at this junction could take you on various alternative routes to ours and you would have plenty of miles of country lanes to explore.

After a couple of miles you will see a junction on your left that bears off the main road and it is sign posted for Nannerch.

Turn left onto this road and it will take you up a short hill and into the village of Nannerch, probably one of the prettiest villages in the area and winner of numerous best kept village awards over the years.

After about three quarters of a mile you will reach the centre of the village, cycle and explore to your hearts content and there is a wonderful country village pub to relax and enjoy your surroundings before you set off on your journey home.

Nannerch

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