Day 3

The longest day of the Wales360 is a day of contrasts, with the forests of Gwydir, Clocaenog and Llandegla linked together by green lanes and some faster rolling country roads.

Terrain 52% off-road, 35% on small, unclassified roads or green lanes
Estimated ride time Nine hours
Lowest point 10m
Highest point 520m
Total ascent 2,400m

Heading away from the Wales360 camp at Llanrwst, riders will pick up where they left off the day before on the Gwydir Mawr trail, but this time heading south through Betws-y-Coed and then east towards Capel Garmon and up to Nebo. From Nebo you will follow the ‘Her Hiraethog’ trail down to Rhydlydan where you’ll head north and then east to connect with the ‘Up to the Lake’ trail – winding your way past Alwen Reservoir and Lyn Brenig and into Clocaenog Forest.

‘Up to the Lake’ is a route for riders who are fit but prefer less technical routes and it marks the start of 20 kilometres through the Clocaenog Forest, home of the Rally and the rare Black Grouse and one of the few remaining places to spot Red Squirrels in Wales. Llyn Brenig is a vast man-made lake, and a popular fishing and sailing destination, and the Wales360 crosses its southern shoreline bringing you over the dam wall itself. You’ll continue to head east through the forest all the way to Clocaenog village itself where you’ll follow small unclassified roads to Llandegla.

Llandegla Forest is the home of Oneplanet Adventure. The Wales360 utilises most of the Llandegla Red trail and a short section of Llandegla Black. Llandegla Red is a fantastic route with a mix of unsurfaced singletrack and steep flowing sections of trail cutting through the more remote areas of the forest. The trail utilises huge unavoidable bermed switchbacks, whoops, water crossings, tabletops and boardwalk. You’ll ride around 13 kilometres of trails in Llandegla Forest in total.

Exiting Llandegla Forest you will cross over the top of the Horseshoe Pass (an area familiar to many road riders) and dive into the gorgeous grassy bridleways around Llantysilio Mountain before starting a very scenic descent towards Llangollen and the overnight stop at the Pavilion.