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A good drive from Denbigh to Mallwyd

17 Apr 2023 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This is a route that we enjoyed during a weekend driving holiday in Mid Wales. It ends at the Brigands Inn which was used as our base for the weekend. There is ample safe parking here and it provides the start to many good driving roads in the area.  We started from Denbigh but of course you could join it anywhere along the route. 

  • Take the A543 out of Denbigh towards Bylchau
  • At Bylchau follow the road around and turn left Signposted Llyn Brening and Cerrigydrudion onto the B4501, you will pass Llyn Brening on your left carry on through Pont Yr Alwen.    Caution, this part of the route is littered with speed cameras on tall poles.  Follow this road to the A5. 
  • As you meet the A5 at the small village of Cerrigydrudion turn right and stay on the A5 for approx 6 miles to Pentrefoelas.  This road is perhaps better known for accessing the Evo Triangle but if you have tired of that route carry on along the road.
  • Just through Pentrefoelas  turn left onto the B4407 sign posted  Ysbyty Ifan, pass through this village and about 9.5 miles after you have left the A5 turn left onto the B4391 towards Bala.
  • Proceed to the end of this road and turn left onto the A4212.  Caution, this road has many deeply recessed drain hole covers, do not drive near to the kerb. 
  • You will pass a lake on your right Llyn Celyn.  Proceed further down this road to Bala where you turn right through the town and continue along the A494 (Lake Bala will be on your left).
  • Continue along the A494 passing through Rhydymain . You then have a choice:
  • Carry  on to the roundabout at the end of the A494, from here you can continue on the A470 towards Machynlleth and to the Brigands Inn at the junction of the A470 & A458
  • If you have anything but the widest lowest of cars (there is a narrow bridge along the route) you can look for a left turn just before Bont Newyd signed B4416 towards Brithdir. This is a pleasant road through woodland that cuts off a large corner and rejoins the A470 further along where you turn left to eventually arrive at Mallywyd where you will find the Brigands Inn on the roundabout.

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