Fortunately you dont need to take a series of trains, buses, planes, hikes with a bike bag, to feel the freedom of getting out on your bike, there are bike trail centres dotted around the Uk. For me I fortunately have a wealth of ace bike trail centres, snowdonia and the lakes all within a beautiful hour and a half drive.
North wales has some great centres that cater for all levels of wo wheeled desires including
- Coed Y Brenin :-http://www.mbwales.com/agents/coed-y-brenin/As the UK’s first & largest dedicated mountain bike trail centre, Coed y Brenin not only has miles of exceptional singletrack for experienced and expert riders, but also great family and intermediate trails for all abilities.
Natural Resources Wales’ mountain bike Mecca, Coed-y-Brenin Forest is home to an ever-increasing network of fantastic handbuilt all-weather singletrack including the ‘Falseteeth’ which incorporates the biggest feature in the forest, ‘The Cavity’. Drop in and get spat out over the exit with as much style as you can muster! The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia that’ll take your breath away. The MinorTaur is a blue graded development which complements the established red and black rides. Its specially adapted features make Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park the first truly inclusive mountain bike destination in the United Kingdom.
Coed y Brenin was the first forest to be developed for the sport of mountain biking and to this day retains its reputation as the sports premier location. A range of routes suitable for everyone from families and novices (Yr Afon) to rocky technical trails for expert riders radiate out from our stunning state of the art eco visitor centre. Take a look around for yourself using the interactive virtual tour above.
The trail network is constantly being expanded and improved too. The Y Ffowndri Skills Area & Bike Park add a range of features to test and develop your riding. Be sure to take in the breath-taking scenery, with views across to Cadair Idris, glaciated valleys, wild untamed rivers, an expanse of forest and all in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.
- llandegla mountain bike trails
- If it’s fun, adrenalin and muddy faces you are after, then look no further. As one of the UK’s leading mountain bike trail centres Oneplanet Adventure has something for everyone, no matter what your experience or ability.As the gateway to your mountain biking experience in North Wales, Oneplanet Adventure, located in Coed Llandegla Forest, has become well known as the place to come for your mountain biking adrenaline fix in the UK. Located just 20 minutes from Chester, Oneplanet Adventure is the most accessible purpose built mountain bike centre in North Wales and no matter what your experience level, its sure to have you grinning from ear to ear.Whether you’re a first timer, looking for a safe and fun introduction to the sport, or a regular weekend warrior wanting that next challenge and adrenalin fix, Oneplanet Adventure have it covered. There is a range trails to suit all abilities, from the picturesque Green Trail around the reservoir to the airtime-tastic B-Line trail and plenty in between. The carefully designed network of trails ensure that progression is simple and finding a trail that suits your ability and fitness levels will be easy.
The trails at Coed Llandegla are constantly being developed and maintained. There are a number of optional loops such as ‘Parallel Universe’ and the popular ‘B-Line’ which incorporate boardwalk sections and a wild series of table top jumps for experienced riders.
- Gwydir Mawr Trail or former Marin trail
- The 25km Gwydir Mawr Trail is a proper mountain bike trail in every sense of the term. Big climbs, big descents, brilliant singletrack and truly awesome scenery make this a trail to remember. Most, but not all, of the climbs are on forest roads and tracks giving you time to take in the views of the mountains of Snowdonia, and all of the descents are on the sweetest singletrack. The singletack varies from very tight, technical and rocky to wonderfully open and flowing, from dark forest to exposed ridgelines.
- Climachx Trail
- The Climachx trail may be short, but it packs a punch bigger than the 15km length would suggest.
The Climachx was built in 2005 by ecotrails and is sited in the Dyfi forest; home of the Howies Dyfi Enduro. This trail is graded as red, although the second half of the last section (Tony the Tiger) is graded as black.
Natural feeling singletrack with technical rocky sections, drop offs, rock slabs and the scary left hander before the final switchback descent. Look out for the big red arrow or you’ll be taking a bigger drop than you bargained for! The final descent – ‘Tony the Tiger’ is the highlight.
The trail is looked after and managed by the local volunteer group ‘Dyfi Valley MTB’ see www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk for more details.
- Penmachno Trails
- Penmachno is hidden in Snowdonia National Park and, although not far from Betws y Coed, offers a scenic landscape of ancient forest, sweeping singletrack and all round good, natural riding! The trails have the perfect mix of singletrack descents & forest climbs (with a few technical climbs thrown in for good measure!). They can be ridden as one 30km route or as a 19km loop (Loop 1), or a 11km loop (Loop 2).
- The lakes
- venturing across the border to sample some english trails is ace, just have to make sure i dont get caught hey. I love the Ullswater loop, it has everything you need and some you dont, what a work out.
- Chanock chase
- another great centre that just seems to keep going and going despite being based around a relatively flat area, there are certainly lots of climbs and descents to get the heart pounding, dont miss it out, its cool.