Cycling Melin y Coed, Wales
Ride two miles gaining 1,055’ at 10.3% average grade.
This climb has one very steep segment near the beginning of the climb: a full half-mile at 16.5%. Simon Warren lists this as the third hardest climb in Wales, and sixth toughest in all the UK.
An old church across a stone bridge marks the start point of the climb up Melin y Coed. The road is narrow, as nearly all of the residential roads are in this corner of the world. Melin y Coed however, is narrow even by Welsh standards.
Tree tunnel within the first 200 yards of start.
Scenes along the first half of the climb.
You’ll pass a few homesteads en route to the top and it is clear that not much has changed out here for the last few hundred years.
Nine-tenths mile mark.
There is one livestock gate to contend with on your ride to the top, but it is easily opened and not a ‘Private Property’ gate - it’s only there to keep the livestock in. The summit is at a ‘T’ intersection with a main(ish) road.
Gate at mile 1.3.
On a clear day, this is a spectacular view and certainly one worth doing. You can see the cows, sheep, and goats grazing. Overall this climb is tough at first but after the first mile, the road and gradient become easier, and it is well worth doing, especially if you include the ride through the town and bridge near the start.
That’s a wrap!