Stories, information and comments from Rhiw Hirnant climbers
Story by Andee from Birmingham, Belgium, submitted on 22/04/2014
One of the hidden gems in Britain. The ride in from Bala is the spitting image of the Glaubenberg pass in Switzerland. It''s all just so nice and peaceful and then eventually you pass a cattle grid and the roads slowly climbs slightly bearing right and then the valley appears with a sliver of tarmac running up the left hand side. It looks ridiculously steep but it''s an illusion and the climb is only steep on the final section. However you don''t cycle this climb for extreme gradient you do it for purely for the pleasure of the surroundings and the fact that there''s barely a soul around
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Story by Dave J from , United Kingdom, submitted on 06/07/2012
Another wonderfully scenic climb in what is my favourite area for riding in the UK.
Heading out of Bala on the B4391 towards Llangynog,after about half a mile look for the signs for Rhos y Gwaliau and Lake Vyrnwy on the right. Follow this quiet single track lane along the river valley. Just as it looks like the valley is a dead end the road bends left then right and then up a very short climb. Once you crest this bump you will see almost the full climb going up the valley side in front of you.
The gradient is mostly around 7 to 10% but beware, this climb saves the toughest section for the last few hundred metres with a hard 15% section just before the summit. Enjoy!