Snowdonia National Park, famous for the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdon, offers big mountain adventures along with excellent cross country riding. In the north, the Conwy area offers beautiful seascapes and rolling hills, whilst to the east around Capel Curig, there are loose technical rocky trails. Coed y Brenin, the original trail centre, sits at the southern end of Snowdonia along with Cadair Idris, which is another famous mountain peak with unbeatable views.
The Clywdians are a chain of undulating hills that form an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) running from the Prestatyn Hillside in the north, to the Nant y Garth pass in the south. Heatherclad hillsides and rolling farmland, littered with flowing trails, long-fast descents, offer a real mix of riding with spectacular views. This makes this a really nice area for the novice rider, but you can certainly find fun rocky descents along the way if you want more of a challenge.
Just when you thought you were spoilt for choice with Snowdonia and Mid-Wales and we go and throw in the glacial valleys of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains of the South into the mix. This national park is often overlooked by the trail centres of Afan, Cwmcarn, Brechfa and Bike Park Wales. However, ‘The Gap’ ride topping out at 600m between Cribyn and Fan-y-Big is the headline act amongst plenty of classic mountain biking routes on the Beacons. Read all about this UK classic on our blog.
What about Mid-Wales? We have that covered as well. The remote and stunning Doethie Valley along with the bucket-list ticking journey across the oldest mountain range in Europe on the epic ‘Trans-Cambrian Way’ and not forgetting the impressive Victorian reservoirs and dams of the Elan Valley. All this is a must for any mountain biker. Wales really has it all!
Whether you are on holiday with the family or looking to escape the trail centres and find your epic with your biking buddies, our indepth knowledge of the entire plethora of mountain biking across the Welsh countryside sets us apart. Whatever the format and level of experience we look forward to tailoring your adventure today.
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Our 2019 Weekenders
Along with our South Downs Way and Bikepacking trips and NEW for 2019 are the MTB weekends with Hannah from Beyond the Mud. These include the perfect combination of technical skills coaching and adventurous guided rides, top and tailed with superb Welsh hospitatlity and mountain biking specific pilates.
Wales MTB Retreats
South Downs Way
The organisation of the rides, accommodation and food was spot on. As for the riding, the awesome W2 at Afan, then on the Sunday “real” trail riding on The Gap Ride in the Brecon Becons. I’ve ridden in Wales quite a bit and this was seriously good! The climbs were good as were the views, but the descents were some thing else. Epecially the final one, which is one of the best I’ve done.
Marmalade MTB were brilliant – this is my second time with Sean (not the last) and if your not sure – believe me, guided rides are the way forward!