|There were people wheeling around the welsh mountains sides long before the bicycle was invented, this solitary stone is a mile marker on the old London Harlech Coach Road, until a coastal road was built the only way was over the Rhinog Mountains by Diffwys. Along it there are many such old features of old roads long ago now often lost along the more developed highways of Britain. The route is an ideal off road route close by to Coed y Brenin. If you are unfamiliar with the area checkout our Bookshop to get the best guides to the area from Amazon
places to go now
|Until we can get the smell of mud and dried blood from a typical ride as a digital file to experience the thrill for yourself you have to get out there. Hopefully here we can point out, for those not familiar with the area, the best places to ride. All we ask is that when riding you consider the safety and enjoyment of others at the same time. Wales is a small place and we have to share it, if we knock the place about a bit too much it won't last for others to enjoy.
With a diverse range of club riders with local knowledge there is scarcely a place we have not been. Some tracks are poor riding expiriences or there may be environmental issues it would take a visitor a whole heap of hassle to get around. Hopefully you can use this as a reource to get to the best riding out there. Check out our NEW web forum
We have photos, DV movies, and panoramic views of the trails.. and what some folks do on them. Where we can avoid choking your bandwidth we'll get them out there for you.
Other Useful Links
|Slideshow.. Images from the Rhinogs to the west of Harlech
|New places to ride
July 2006 ...Check out the new family orientated mtb trail at Llyn Alwen, a partnership between Conwy CBC, Denbighshire CC, Forestry Commission and Welsh Water. Although not the stuff for those looking for something gnarly.. The Alwyn Trail is ideal if you have a cycle friendly family of differing ability and fancy a good clean and safe long ride with great views. We rode it and loved it and reckon in the worst of winter and for great wild night rides it could be the place even for the hardest of riders. Also it can be linked ot the great riding in Coed Llandegla which would add up some cracking long rides that would be great for marathon and trans-region type events check out our ride
More to come soon
North Wales has a great variety of wild terrain that suits Mountain Biking. A vast network of old drovers and coaching roads provides miles of undeveloped unsurfaced roads and tracks with all gradients of slope. In addition acres of upland have been subject to commercial forestry planting that has introduced significant mileages of forest road. Developments at Coed y Brenin Forest have introduced not only graded routes of significant duration but the introduction of custom made single track specifically created for mountain bikes. For more information on outdoor adventuring in Snowdonia check the Snowdonia Active site
American MTB Mag - BIKE can't get enough of the place, Well known cycling photographer Bob Allen descended on Wales to savour the improvements and gave everything a great thumbs up, check out the online gallery of his trip from the Sept 2003 issue
Sustainable riders wanted. Don't just help us look after our tracks for future generations to enjoy. Our air and resources are important. If you can leave the JamJar at home check out our guide to public transport links 'Rails 2 Trails' getting you as hassle free as possible to the trailhead if you prefer to let the train take the strain.
IMBA... One of the worlds most respected bodies representing the needs of Mountain bikers has arrived formaly in the UK, we recommend all riders consider joining to allow the body to represent our needs from a point of strength, not only should you join but get out helping repair and make new trails, we will have more details soon check the story on our club page
The Welsh Assembly and Tourist Board have not been immune to the MTB fever and are putting in considerable sums to promote more sites for where the public can enjoy outdoor exercise, a recent leaflet with the top 10 places in Wales has been produced and a copy can be downloaded here, most of the sites have mountain biking facilities
top 10 activity forests in Wales (132k)
|W hy do we only sing when we are winning... well there is no better winning than this website so I can't sing enough about it... devised by Denbighshire CC and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, this site is based around a project to create routes using existing rights of ways that give riders of all ages, and ability, a choice supported by very informative brochures and web site costing the rider .. zip.. freeriding at its best. .you'll love the 3d views and flythoughs on that wet weekday in the office.
|Ride the Clwyds
|To counteract a campaign about a perceived danger from a 'lunatic' element of mtb riders (are any of us sane) we were succesful parties in a campaign to stop the National Park Authority converting the succesful voluntary agreement not to ride at peak times into outright ban on cycling Snowdons Bridleways. Please continue to support the voluntary restraint now running 1st May until September 30th between 10.00am and 5.00pm
see National Park Press Release
|Yr Wyddfa - Snowdon