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Name:Cyrn-y-Brain
Hill number:2040
Height:564.6m / 1852ft
RHB Section:30C: Llandudno to Wrexham
County/UA:Denbighshire [Sir Ddinbych] (CoU)
Catchment:Dee (Flint)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,Dew)
Grid ref:SJ 20821 48885
Summit feature:knoll W of track
Drop:164m
Col:400.5m  SJ 1934 4817  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 117
(1:25k) 256
Survey:Leica Runner 20/Trimble GeoXH 6000
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 304 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Cyrn-y-brain, Pen-y-coedkeithouk20/01/2019
Pleasant walk from the Ponderosa, where I have not visited since I was a child. Stunning views. Visited both tops, including the trig and the heather covered cairn. Nice peaceful place, Ponderosa was busy and indeed full of bikers. Gift shop is actually quite sweet.tumpawumpa01/09/2018
From the Ponderosa with elizyanneGmacT22/07/2018
Pleasant walk up the track. Watched the activities of many bikerselizyanne22/07/2018
From summit of Horseshoe Pass road.Winterfloodian22/07/2018
From WSW, hard track up from the Ponderosa. An easy nut rather boring walk up a rather boring hill, but a likely superb viewpoint on a clearer day.Topographer5711/05/2018
From the Ponderosa. Heaving with bikers. Bagged the trig & Watkins Monument as well.ngthack25/03/2018
From The Ponderosa, Moel y Faen, Moel y Gamelin, and then back across the road to Cyrn y Brain. with Frank, overcast chilly but dry day, all on wide tracks.Lou24/03/2018
Gentle walk with Lindsay up Moel-y-Faen and Cyrn-y-Brain.knarf24/03/2018
With SteveGinaSmith11/03/2018
From Ponderosa. Cyrn-Y-Brain, Cefn-Y-Cist and Eglwyseg Mountain. Lovely day. Cold and clear with plenty of snow still on the tops.Alunrees3306/02/2018
Used the mast track from Ponderosa. Weather coming in with heavy showers. Little view. Company Solo. Marilyn 6/6.iandesbottes01/01/2018
6/7 Marilyn. From Ponderosa car park up the mast access roadN.Morters24/12/2017
With: hb; From CP opposite Ponderosa, followed the access track all the way to summit cairn shelter by TV mast then trig and returned.Ian Baines04/11/2017
Walked up the track after doing Moel Y Gamelin, Went to Watkins tower to get the views of the dee estuarySihuws07/08/2017
Day trip to Llangollen. Walked up track from Ponderosa on a sunny afternoon with L.Skip02/07/2017
With Trefor. From Ponderosa café. Good track. Weather very hot.mike.hoult20/06/2017
After Moel y Gamelin. Tarmac and concrete track to the summit area. The shortcut path on the steepest bit is very overgrown and not recommended.Minto13/06/2017
alanGlenford10/06/2017
After lunch at the Ponderosa, A quick up and down, meeting fellow Marilyn bagged at the top.NormanW09/06/2017
From Ponderosa cafe CP. Mild, breezy, sunny and good views.iangalbraith09/06/2017
With TJB from Ponderosa, fuelled by bacon sandwich. Quick up and down.trimarc201/02/2017
Wow! What a fab walk. From Chainbridge hotel to Llandynan, up past the slate quarry, with awesome views of the Dee valley to Moel-y-Gamelin. Down to the Ponderosa, and a fast, cake-fuelled ascent to Cyrn-y-Brain (good views, ugly masts). To the trig, and back on Offa's. Up the track circling around World's end for an amazing finale along the top of the crags, joining Offa's via an interesting descent path. OS map hopelessly, completely wrong in a good way! Down the road and canal towpath to finish.Gill15/10/2016
Circular walk from Ponderosa on pleasant Autumn afternoon-Cyrn-y-Brain-Sir Watkin's Tower-Llandegla Forest.With Oscar.catman10/10/2016
With Catman.oscarrosie10/10/2016
Repeat up the lane to summit cairn now shelter from the v busy cafenordicstar02/10/2016
Ponderosa busy as ever. Very easy walk.jenx02/10/2016
Cyrn y Brain, Foel, Eglwyseg Mountain, Cefn y Cist.ijpowell16/09/2016
Ponderosa - Track up Cyrn y Brain to masts & summit the beyond to trig and ruins of Watkin Tower (return in the rain and mist)briandavies19/06/2016
True summit and trig/Sir Watkin's Tower ruinNeil Midgley19/06/2016
1 of 2 bagged after work tonight. Solo. Nice wander up in the evening sunshine along the track.assynt_bob02/06/2016
With K and RM. Quick stroll. Views inferior to hills to W.Ashley27/05/2016
Easy walk from Ponderosa Cafe, continued to trig and ruined tower, then back to cafe for breakfast before tackling the hills on the other side of the road.Tony J30/04/2016
Linear route as a detour whilst walking Offa's Dyke Path.Gayle23/04/2016
Glyndyfrdwy to Coedpoeth. An easy walk up from Ponderosa. The summit isn't much, marred by the masts but Sir Watkin's Tower is a must visit -the views west into Wales are something special and it was hard to tear my eyes away to leave. Fair to say, I didn't expect this hill to be the highlight of my day, wonderful!Jake99408/04/2016
2mFM Radio Activation. NW-043. Parked at Ponderosa. Super bacon sandwich.Petem0hqo03/02/2016
SOTAmike.hartley23/01/2016
After Moel y Gamelin. Visited Sir Watkins Tower and trig point as well. Lovely views.bowlesy25/10/2015
Started by the Ponderosa Cafe and followed the access track up though I did use the obvious grassy path for a short while on the right of the track. Visited the cairn shelter at the summit then went on to the trig and Sir Watkins Tower. Glorious late summer afternoon, all of the heather was in bloom with lots of pipits and lower down a few stonechats.Peterb11/09/2015
pleasant walk from Ponderosa cafeThearlaichdubh19/06/2015
Up and back from the Ponderosa cafe. Took about an hour. Beautiful day. Drove up the road to walk Moel Gyw, Moel Llanfair,and Moel y Plas.Lazylizzie23/05/2015
6/9 Long walk up from road but worth it for the viewsFergalh09/05/2015
The plan to look at butterflies at Eyarth Rock foiled by cold weather and sleety showers. This weather was good for the walk, though. Super visibility between showers made it a pleading walk to all the possible summits- a tumulus, Sir Watkin Tower that gave good view E- from the Ponderosa café- plenty of parking including a big lay-by opposite.pwheeler07/05/2015
Up and back from the cafe. Took about an hour.huwthomas07/04/2015
From Ponderosa after bagging Moel Y Gamelin. Funny how it looks higher by second transmitter mast from. Summit cairn! Visited trig and Watkins tower before returning to Llangollen via Offa's Dyke pathButeobuteo22/03/2015
From Ponderosa Café (SJ 19244 48086). Clear track all the way to the summit.david23020116/11/2014
AloneRob Pen y Garn26/09/2014
Parked at Ponderosa cafe, straight forward run to summit. Trig slightly further along than hill summit. Cloudy today so no views.Chris92020/09/2014
Parked in car park at Bwlch Oernant opposite Ponderosa Cafe (note: cafe car park is locked up when cafe closed). Took aerial access track all the way to Pt.565m (windshelter). Walked on NNE on track and muddy path to visit trig and ruins of Sir Watkin's Tower. Then retraced my steps to Pt.565m. Walked continued to Foel 433m.marktrengove06/09/2014
Easy track up from Ponderosa café to shelter and mast on summitMark Sims26/08/2014