Pontcysylite Circular Tour to-Via Llangollen Pontcysylite Aqueduct

Pontcysylite Circular Tour via Llangollen and Pontcysylite Aqueduct

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This 13 mile cycle ride takes you on a very scenic and very
hilly route from Pontcysylite out along The Dee Valley to the beautiful welsh tourist town of Llangollen and you then return along the other side of the valley before finally returning to Pontcysylite, cycling over its now world famous aqueduct. This ride is along country lanes and ‘B’ roads but be warned it’s really only suitable for the experienced rider as you will encounter some serious climbs along the way.

Starting from The Telford Inn, Station Road,Trevor, Llangollen, Clwyd, LL20 7TT. Cycle to your right along Station Road for 150 yards where you come to a junction at the end of the road with Llangollen Road A539.

At the junction TURN LEFT on to Llangollen Road and then after 300 yards TURN RIGHT on to Garth Road. Cycle up Garth Road for about 600 yards to the small village of Garth and about 150 yards after passing the Primary School in the village you TURN LEFT up a lane called Fford Pen-y-gaer and after a very short distance the road changes its name to Pen-y-Gaer Road. At this point you can expect to encounter some steep climbs along the way as you start to cycle along rural lanes overlooking the Dee Valley below.
Continue to cycle along Pen-y-Gaer Road and as you near the top of the climb the lane bends to the right and comes to a small junction. At this point MAKE SURE YOU BEAR LEFT ALONG PANORAMA WALK. Now you have gained height on your ride you may like to take a well earned rest and enjoy the fantastic views of the valley and River Dee below.

Continue to cycle along Panorama Walk for about a mile and three quarters at which point you have cycled round a long slow bend in the road and come to a small lane on your left. TURN LEFT DOWN THIS LANE. Note:- at this point you will have a fine view over Valle Crucis Abbey (Valley of the Cross), the abbey was built in 1201 but the building is now a ruin, though large parts of the original structure still survive.

As you cycle down this lane you should get some relief from the downhill section of the ride. After about half a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction . At the junction TURN LEFT down hill towards Llangollen, which is about half a mile along this road. As you enter Llangollen the road is called Dinbren Road and brings you out by the canal. As you reach the canal TURN RIGHT down Wharf Hill (very short distance). Then TURN RIGHT along Mill Street and then IMMEDIAT LEFT OVER THE BRIDGE into the centre of Llangollen.

Llangollen

Llangollen is a busy tourist town and boasts of a steam railway, which runs along the river bank, and scenic walks along the River Dee and many shops including café’s and pubs should you wish to rest before your return leg of your ride.

Once you have crossed the bridge continue along about 200 yards to the end of Castle Street and at the traffic lights TURN LEFT and THEN IMMEDIATE RIGHT UP HILL STREET (aptly named !). Cycle 200 yards to the end of Hill Street then BEAR LEFT along Bache Mill Road. As you cycle along Hill Street you pass Plas Newydd which was the home of the Ladies of Llangollen, Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby.

Now continue to cycle up hill along Bache Mill Road which takes you out of the town of Llangollen and after about 600 yards you TURN RIGHT up Allt-y-Gwernant Lane. This lane takes you up a steep climb through a small wooded area and after about three quarters of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along the country lane which takes you in the direction of Froncysylite, and as you cycle along you can now enjoy the views across the Dee Valley overlooking Llangollen from the other side of the valley.

After about three quarters of a mile at a small cross roads TURN LEFT down a small country lane towards the village of Froncysylite and follow the lane down to the village. As you enter the village the lane is called Yr Ochre. At the end of Yr Ochre TURN LEFT along School Lane close and then TURN RIGHT along Alma Road.

Cycle along Alma Road 200 yards to the end of the road and you come to a junction with the A5. At this junction you cross the road and cycle the short distance down the road to the canal. At this point you should cross the canal at a suitable point to the other bank.

Cycle to your left along the canal after 300 yards you come to the Pontcysylite Aqueduct which is now a world heritage site. The aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford is 1,007 ft long, and 126 ft high. Cycle over the aqueduct (enjoying the view) to Trevor Basin on the other side. At Trevor Basin you cross over the bridge at the end of the complex which brings you out on New Road. Cycle left along New Road and after 50 yards TURN RIGHT along Station Road which brings you back to The Telford Inn. The start/finish of your ride.

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