Wales: a mountain biker’s paradise.
Famed for stunning natural scenery and mountainous terrain, Wales offers cyclists from all disciplines the opportunity to enjoy biking on both the 1,200 miles of National Cycle Network, and off-road routes.
Looking specifically at the best spots for mountain biking, you’re spoilt for choice in Wales. There are many world-renowned destinations such as Coed y Brenin, Afan Argoed in South Wales, the coastal path and Coed Llandegla in North Wales. The welsh trails should be the first point of call for all cyclists looking to get out on their mountain bikes as they offer graded trails for all abilities, plus bike hire if you don’t take your own. If you are taking your own mountain bike, you should make sure you have a good quality model with the correct bike accessories and clothing. If you’re biking in the Welsh wilderness, you’ll need to pack waterproof clothing and top of your list should be a decent jacket, which will keep you at a comfortable temperature throughout the duration of your trip. Leisure Lakes offer a great range for all budgets.
Where to go
If you haven’t been already, Coed y Brenin, a gorgeous forest in the Snowdonia National Park, offers mountain bikers several man-made single-track courses varying from 12 to 38 km. The courses range in ability, from the novice friendly Afon track, to the gruelling Beast – a 38 km course that takes 4.5 hours to complete. If you’re staying the night, there is ample accommodation choices in nearby villages and a few local pubs to unwind in after a hard days biking.
Afan Argoed is another stunning forest park with five exciting courses carved into hillside; it was once surrounded by coal mines which makes it a very interesting ride. Ranging from 15 to 46km, the routes include the Penhydd Trail – voted trail to ride before you die by What Mountain Bike Magazine in 2004 – and the new Skyline Trail, providing riders with stunning views from the horizon line.
Coed Llandegla is another beautiful forest of planted conifers which covers 6.5 square kilometres in Denbighshire. With four routes from family-friendly to ones designed purely for the seasoned mountain biker, they all range from 5 to 21km. The trails are constantly being developed with more and more single tracks being built. Accommodation is scattered around the park so staying the night won’t be a problem.
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