Want to ride some of the best mountain bike trail centres in the UK? The Welsh Trail Centres Weekend may be what you are looking for. The Forestry Commission have done a Stirling job firmly putting Wales on the mountain biking map. It all started with Coed-y-Brenin back in the late 90’s and now they are everywhere! The venue for this weekend is picturesque town of Llangollen; with more sun than Cornwall and less rain than the Lake District, it’s a truly amazing town, encapsulating the best North Wales has to offer. The accommodation is superb as well…this should be a great weekend! Usually at Hit the Hills you can ride trails from the door so this weekend has a slightly different approach. The idea is that you have a great base in a lively town with access 6 of the best trail centres in Wales. After a days riding you can return to base for an awesome feed, then whip out into town for a few ales and a bit of night life!
The Trail Centres:
One Giant Leap For all you downhillers we have hooked up with Martyn to offer UPLIFTS at this awesome venue down the road from TWO tracks – there will be three by the time Hit the Hills rolls into town. Home of the 2011 National Champs it’s a great course. Uplift day cost about £25 depending on the number of riders.
Coed Llandegla One of the newcomers and firmly established as an excellent trail centre. Perfectly groomed trails, awesome North Shore and great facilities including a massive cafe make this a favourite for the Liverpool, Chester, Manchester and Birmingham riders.
Penmachno The first time I rode here I had an awesome wipe out and a manged to loose half a tooth on my stem while showing off in front of some roadies! Since then the track has improved but don’t underestimate it; it’s hard going and rough in places so will test any riders skills and fitness. There is a smaller loop to, good for a blast on Sunday morning. It’s tucked away off the beaten track so sees less traffic than the busier trails centres nearby.
The Marin Trail Situated between Llanwrst and Betws-y-Coed in Gwydr Forest is the Marin Trail. I can wholeheartedly say this trail has the best flowing descent of any trail centre I have ridden in the UK! It’s an awesome two or three hour blast around which can be extended by incorporating some of the natural trails that criss-cross the area or by whipping down into Betws-y-Coed for tea break to made a bit more of a day of it.
Coed-y-Brenin Massive investment into an ever-expanding network of all weather trails in the middle of Snowdonia and a phenomenal trail hub has made Coed–Brenin the premier mountain bike trail center in the Wales, if not the UK! So with loads of trails to suit all abilities from quick blasts to all day epics with stunning view to boot makes Coed-y-Brenin an awesome choice for a days riding!
Mach If you have never been to Machllenth then you should go! Home to the Dyfi Enduro, the Mach 1, Mach 2, Mach 3 and Cli-machx trails, freindly locals and a great mountain town feel this former Welsh capital is awesome! You can ride the Mach 1, 2 & 3 from the town or just to the North there is the Dyfi forest with the Cli- Mach.
Nant-yr-Arian Want to see some Welsh wilderness? Ride the Syfydrin Trail! It’s described as an “epic ride in epic countryside.” Much of the route is on technical double track with lots of summits, river crossings and great singletrack. So come prepared as this ain’t your average groomed trail centre and you’ll be out for most of the day far away from anybody with stunning views to keep you company!
Want to ride some natural stuff? There are loads of great natural trails all around Llangollen with the classic Wayfarer mountain bike route in the Berwyns; Llantystilo Mountain, the Horseshoe Pass and the Clwyds.
Looking for a base for a trail centre weekend in North Wales? Our Berwyn Hills weekend in perfect, click here for more information and book today!