Name:Cyrn-y-Brain
Hill number:2040
Height:564.6m / 1852ft
RHB Section:30C: Llandudno to Wrexham
County/UA:Denbighshire [Sir Ddinbych]
Catchment:Dee (Flint)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,Dew,Cm)
Grid ref:SJ 20821 48885
Summit feature:knoll W of track
Drop:163.7m
Col:400.9m  SJ 1935 4814  
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 406 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
soloFabioski20/03/2024
Starting from the Ponderosa. Added Sir Watkins Tower (very boggy along the top). Descended to the south towards Tan y bwlch before ascending Moel y Gamelin.ByPathsLessTravelled17/03/2024
Plenty of parking opposite the Ponderosa cafe. Up mast track to summit. Also visited the tower & trig on the NE Top. Solo.Dangerous Dave26/02/2024
As per others, up and down from the cafe. Great views on a very clear day. 4km in 40 mins. Really good track to mast which made the going pretty quickNicky C24/02/2024
By mtb from Llandegla car park, with Sim, Richard and Max (9). Bit of sun, still, didn't rain. Lots of blaeberries eaten. Did blue loop, then out and back to summit at W-most communications mast. Rounsfell28/07/2023
Walking from Ponderosa, down the old drovers trail, picking up offa's dyke path to world's end, continuing to Llandegla forest then picking up path over summitLancylass16/05/2023
Run-walk from col. 4th and 5th of a day of sun all the way after starting on Cadair Berwyn after a day of bag and drive which I try to avoid. At least car powered by sun. Enjoyed pint in Britannia Inn.davechaffey13/05/2023
Started from Ponderosa to bag summit, but then carried on for a 9 mile circular walk by incorporating Offa's Dyke path and route through Llandegla forest.andrewcoles25/02/2023
Up and down from the Ponderosa. Carried on to the trig pillar before returning.KevPalmer03/02/2023
Along Offas Dyke Path. Took path branching off left, though not always apparent. Eventually bashed through dead heather to reach tarmac track between masts. Descent was much easier. Followed fence NE, crossing over at stile, and picked up ODP back to start. Much mist at summit.peter4lc03/02/2023
https://www.strava.com/activities/8252473634Sleepwa1ker15/12/2022
1/5 Whilst walking the Llangollen Round. From Trevor, Cyrn Y Brain, Moel y Faen, Moel y Gamelin, Moel y Gaer and Moel Morfydd. Finishing the day at Carrog and catching the bus back. A splendid walk and the weather was kind.nickywood101/10/2022
Parked at the cafe and headed straight up the path. Quick stop to stretch legs on way to snowdonia.Stevooo03/09/2022
From east largly along quad tracks. Then along mast access road to watson tower and pillar.cjo27/08/2022
Rather windy and not so warm for this time of year, but nice and bright for the majority though and really interesting views all around.Twice Shy11/06/2022
From Worlds end, via path from SJ235495, which fizzled out at SJ217494. Back down much better southern track.Flatfield28/04/2022
From Ponderosa after Moel y Gamelin. Beautiful day.vuirich20/03/2022
From the pass in between heavy showers. Continued to the trig and Watkins Tower.Nick Canute04/03/2022
09:30, 1 degree at The Ponderosa (3 in Llangollen), cloud base 1500' at start but lifted above summit when I returned, light south-westerlies. Heavy rime experience.Wycombe Wanderer25/01/2022
from ponderosa also visit trigunderhill20/01/2022
With R, pretty grim day.Dan Baddeley28/12/2021
From Ponderosa, west along ridge visiting Moel y Faen, Moel y Gamelin, Moel y Gaer and Moel Morfydd. Then back along the ridge past the Ponderosa to bag Cyrn-y-Brain and on to the Trig, before returning to the car at the Ponderosa. Total for the trip: 16km with 960m ascent in 4.5 hours. (S)silveracorn_alan12/08/2021
From Ponderosa after doing the 4 hills the other side of the road. Followed track to cairn at top and then went on to Trig and Watkins tower.PeterD16/07/2021
From car park above World's End (SJ232484), to Cyrn-y-Brain, then Ponderosa Cafe. Return along Clwydian Way to Plas Yn Eglwyseg, then Offa's Dyke path along Eglwyseg Rocks to World's End.welshe10/07/2021
A bagging Bonanza from the Ponderosa. We managed Cryn-y-Brain and Moel y Faen before calling it a day.summitter21/06/2021
Visited this top after the four tops along the Llantysilio mountain ridge from Ponderosa. Eight and half mile in Five and half hours taking in Moel y Faen, Moel y Gamelin, Moel y Gaer, Moel Morfydd and then onto Cyrn y Brain on the otherside of the road.WAYNE ROWLETT17/04/2021
Llangollen - Coed Hyrddyn - Maesyrychen Mountain - Moel y Gamelin - Moel y Faen - Cyrn-y-Brain - Foel - Castell Dinas Bran - Llangollen.Mark Jackson03/04/2021
Parked in lay-by on A525 at Llandegla forest, through forest and up to Watkins Tower, then onto summit cairn. Not the prettiest of hill tops but decent walk with largely fine weather.steve_a22/09/2020
Another one I regularly do as it is always great fun to get up as quickly as possible from the Ponderosagreboicus26/07/2020
Up on mast access track, then descended E to World's End - good fun runnable descent.quadbarrel26/07/2020
With Dad from Ponderosa.otis.laws03/01/2020
with OtisGlenford03/01/2020
Racing the rain storm.Frannibaggins18/10/2019
From Ponderosa. Hot morning on Aug bank holiday.Longwojo26/08/2019
Moel y Faen (Llantysilio Mountain) > Pt. 568 > Moel y Gamelin > Moel y Gaer > Pt.497 > Moel Morfydd (Llantysilio Mountain)  > Cyrn - y - Brain from GR: SJ 19270 48041Hippster21/07/2019
Moel y Faen (Llantysilio Mountain) > Pt. 568 > Moel y Gamelin > Moel y Gaer > Pt.497 > Moel Morfydd (Llantysilio Mountain)  > Cyrn - y - Brain from GR: SJ 19270 48041ronaldo33321/07/2019
From ponderosa with Sazz and Col. Nice steady walk with the odd steep little bit, nothing too bad! Great views of Moel FamauLaura.W19/05/2019
First hill today, started in layby opposite the Ponderosa Café, crossed main road and walked left along the road to gate. Stay on main track, a bit steep in a few places. Nice views at first summit. Carry on along the track to take a side path to Sir Watkins Tower, the ruin remains of an 18th century folly tower. Again nice views of the Dee Estuary and Cheshire in the distance.giant_hiker06/05/2019
A walk around Llandegla with Izzy and JennaMrHallorann23/03/2019
Cyrn-y-brain, Pen-y-coedkeithouk20/01/2019
Marilyn Walk 121. Ascent of Moel y Gamelin and Cyrn-y-Brain from Ponderosa car park. 12km taking 2h35m.silveracorn_alan19/09/2018
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