This short ride meanders its way through the forest of Moel Famau, climbing steadily to a high point at the edge of the forest with spectacular views over Merseyside and beyond. Then after a great descent you re-enter the forest to ride back to your start point on the lower slopes of the Clwydian Range.
Fitness/Skill: Easy/Beginner Total Distance: 8.5 Ride Time: 1 Hrskf0d
This short ride from Cilcain up to the ridge of the Clwydian Range allows the less experienced rider to take in the impressive views over the Vale of Clwyd towards Snowdonia, after the steady climb from the village along the old county road, before riding down a challenging singletrack descent back towards the village for a well deserved break at the village pub.
Fitness/Skill: Easy/Beginner Total Distance: 15.2 Ride Time: 1 Hrskf0d
The baby brother of the 'Up To The Lake' route, this ride allows you to circumnavigate Llyn Brenig, a large man made reservoir. With its start point at the visitor centre cups of tea and cakes are never too far away. The route over the dam wall and around the shore line provides that wilderness feeling, whilst not having to endure the long climbs and difficult terrain to get there. Certainly one for all the family with only one noticeable climb.
Fitness/Skill: Easy/Beginner Total Distance: 4.2 Ride Time: 1 Hrskf0dkf0d
A recent addition to cycling opportunities in Denbighshire is the Coed Nercwys Multi-User Trail. Designed to be accessible for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, this 2 mile circular route through the forest is ideal for families wanting somewhere safe to cycle.
Coed Nercwys lies between the villages of Eryrys and Nercwys and is most easily reached off the A494, Mold to Ruthin road, at Gwernymynydd. There is free car parking available at the Northern entrance to the forest (Grid Ref:-SJ218 592).
Coed Nercwys is a forest with a rich past. From the remains of a Bronze Age Cairn, to industrial archeology resulting from Victorian lead mining, up to the present day as a working forest, Coed Nercwys has always been a busy place. This rich history is told along the route with the aid of interpretation boards, providing information at points of interest. The wide track meanders through the forest, avoiding major climbs and providing spectacular views over the Cheshire Plain and beyond.
This route really is a great place for families to safely enjoy cycling away from busy roads, and at the same time learn about this unique forests varied history.
Fitness/Skill: Easy/Beginner Total Distance: 3.5 Ride Time: 1 Hrskf0dkf0d
This short, meandering route through the forest is perfect for the family. With ample parking and toilet facilities at the start point. This area of the forest is one of the last strongholds of the Red Squirrel and is popular with many other animals and birds such as the otter, green finch and wood peckers. This really is one of the most pleasant areas of Clocaenog forest, and after the bike ride why not enjoy a picnic by the lake.
Fitness/Skill: Easy/Beginner Total Distance: 5 Ride Time: Hrskf0dkf0d
A waymarked route of approximately 5km developed specifically with families in mind. The route avoids major climbs and technical sections, and concentrates on allowing families to experience off-road cycling in a fun and safe way.
The surfaces encountered on this route are generally hard packed but there are sections which are loose, uneven or muddy at times. The route allows riders to ascend gently from the car park, through the forest and on to the reservoir, with its views of the Clwydian Range.
After cycling around the reservoir, the route meanders back through the forest before the final descent which sweeps down to the Visitor Centre, providing you with an opportunity for a well earned cup of tea and piece of cake!