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Rhiw Hirnant - Bala Lake

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 3.2 %

Length: 11 km

Altitude start: 150 m

Altitude top: 501 m

Ascent: 351 m

Rhiw Hirnant rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 9080 (all)
Ranking Wales: 34 (all)
Difficulty score: 28.6 what?

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The Rhiw Hirnant is situated in Wales. Starting from Bala Lake, the Rhiw Hirnant ascent is 11 km long. Over this distance, you climb 351 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 3.2 %.

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Story by Stuey Hill from Neston, United Kingdom, submitted on 08/06/2015
Only two weeks from the Etape Eryri 2015 and we thought as the Wirral/North Cheshire has little to offer in decent climbs, we should head out here and have a go at this for preparation

It didn''t disappoint at all, firstly for the scenery which is absolutely world-class and secondly in terms of the climb. I disagree with some of the reviews giving it 2/5 difficulty, it was ballbaggingly hard for me with a 39/25 set-up on 11 speed, so much so I''ll be upgrading my cassette to an 11/32 to make it a little easier the next time

The ''Sad-on'' I had at the summit quickly dissipated after a quick breather and back the way we came for a fast and fun descent, I didn''t pedal once after the intial pushoff until I''d passed the cattle grid at the bottom (of the main climb) hitting a maximum of 42.1mph - Which gives you an idea of what a climb it is to be able to hit that speed without pedalling - I''ll be back after my upgrade to challenge it again! :)
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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!
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