Connahs Quay Circular Hill Tour to Via Rhosesmor and Rhes y Cae

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Connah’s Quay Circular Hill Tour via Rhosesmor and Rhes-y-Cae  22 miles

This Cycle ride takes from Connah’s Quay out into the surrounding welsh hills and countryside and brings you back via Rhes-y-Cae, Halkyn and Northop Hall villages. Approximately 22 miles long this cycle ride is not what you call a leisurely ride and we would recommend that only experienced cyclists should attempt the cycle ride due to there being so many severe climbs along the way.At some points of the cycle ride you will climb over 600 feet over short distances. The cycle route is along ‘B’ roads and country lanes. When we cycled this route there were very few places to get refreshments along the way, so be prepared . Good Luck !
Starting from Wepre Park situated on Wepre Park in Connah’s Quay. From the car park TURN LEFT out of the gates and cycle for quarter of a mile to the mini roundabout at the junction with Mold Road. At the mini roundabout TURN LEFT on to Mold Road B5126 and cycle up the hill out of Connah’s Quay in the direction of Northop Village. After about 1 mile you find yourself cycling along a rural road with some gentle hills along the way and after about 3 miles you come to a set of traffic lights on the outskirts of Northop Village. If you

Northop Village

look over to your right at the traffic lights you will see a large church it is said that a church has stood on this site since the 6th century. At the traffic lights GO STRAIGHT AHEAD and 200 yards after the traffic lights TURN LEFT up The Green (the road with the old school house on the corner)

Cycle along the picturesque lane with its mixture of large houses and country cottages and as you leave the properties behind you start a gentle climb. Be prepared for this section of the ride as you are about to climb over 600 feet over a distance of approximately 2 miles. You continue to cycle along the lane which changes its name to The Greenways, initially you have a climb for about quarter of a mile then the road levels off and then after about another quarter of a mile you come to a severe climb as you cycle up the lane in the direction of Rhosesmor village. Note:- as you cycle along the single track lane towards Rhosesmor you will pass a couple forks in the road. Make sure you keep bearing right following the main lane. After cycling the 2 mile climb you come out near the centre of Rhosesmor and when you reach the end of the lane you come to a junction.

At the junction you go STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION up the road which takes you up the hill slightly to your right and past some large houses on your left hand side. You cycle up the steep hill for about quarter of a mile where you reach the top of the hill range and you will be able to admire the views across the surrounding area. All around this area extensive natural and man-made tunnels, caves and caverns exist. This is because it has been a mining centre from pre-Roman times, mainly lead mines.
About half a mile after the junction you come to another junction where you TURN RIGHT towards Rhes-y-Cae. You now cycle along the lane across the top of the hills and down to the village of Rhes-y-Cae which is about one and a quarter miles along this lane. If you are in doubt along this section keep bearing right and you will eventually find yourself cycling down the hill to the village.

Continue to cycle along the lane and through the village and after about three quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction on the outskirts of the village of Lixwm. At the junction TURN RIGHT along the lane towards Pentre Halkyn and after three quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction where you TURN RIGHT and takes you past the back of the large quarry on your right and on to the small village of Pentre Halkyn. Cycle along the lane down in to Pentre Halkyn where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along Pentre Road B5123 and cycle for quarter of a mile along the road until you reach the village of Halkyn.

Continue to cycle along the B5123 through the village and up to The Blue Bell Inn ( you might need refreshments by now). When you reach The Blue Bell Inn you TURN LEFT off the B5123 along a lane follow the lane round to the left and after 1 mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT and after 500 yards you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT and cycle round the bend and up the steep hill towards Northop. After the hill you pass Celyn College on your left and then you come to a set of traffic lights at Northop. Go STRAIGHT ACROSS THE LIGHTS towards Connah’s Quay and over the A55. Immediately after the A55 TURN RIGHT along Village Road B5125 towards the village of Northop Hall.

Continue along Village Road up towards the village and after about half a mile you come to Northop Hall Village. Continue along the road through the village. When you reach the other end of the village just before you go down the hill you TURN LEFT on to Wepre Lane and follow the single track lane which takes you to the top end of Connah’s Quay. As you come out of the single track section of the lane you pass the Wepre in on your left and about 500 yards past the Wepre Inn you come to a ‘T’ junction with Wepre Lane. At the junction TURN RIGHT and cycle half a mile down the steep hill where you come to a ‘T’ junction at the bottom of the hill. TURN RIGHT on to Wepre Park and after 200 yards you TURN RIGHT back in to Wepre Park the start/finish of the cycle ride. Hope you enjoyed cycling those hills !!

 

 

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