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The best of Wales’ MTB trails

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 03/07/2013 10:26am

The MBUK team reveal their favourite welsh mountain biking routes

Our latest issue is a Wales special. This prompted much discussion at MBUK Towers about our favourite trails or places to ride in Wales. None of us picked the same place, which is perhaps surprising, or perhaps it just goes to show the wide variety of riding that Wales MTB trails have to offer!

Here’s what we all thought…

James Blackwell, Art Editor
Pontypool’s natural trails are some of the most fun and tech trails I’ve ridden in Wales. The long grind up to them is worth the effort. Take a bunch of friends and it will be smiles for miles!”

Matt Orton, Deputy Art Editor
Penmachno – combining the amazing forest descents of the Dolen Machno loop and the sweeping singletrack and incredible views of Dolen Eryri it’s difficult to find anything more you would want from a day in the saddle.”

Rob Weaver, Senior Technical Editor
“We’re lucky enough to have Cwmcarn just an hour away from MBUK Towers. The cross-country loop there is tough, incorporating some lung busting technical climbs with some fast flowing descents. There’s no let up which makes it a proper work out. Aside from the loop itself, there’s also some secret stuff dotted about the surrounding valleys that hides some of the finest singletrack I’ve ever ridden and certainly to blame for me racking up some hefty toll charges on the Severn Bridge!”

Jake Ireland, freelance writer
Afan is my favourite place to ride. There’s a huge variety of trails that cater for every ability, as well as having sections where you can’t help but thrash along.”

Max Darkins, freelance writer
“My favourite place to head is straight for the heart of Wales, with the steep rocky slopes of the Elan Valley, the remote singletrack of the Doethie valley and the quick fix on the amazing Cwm Rhaeadr trail.”

Ric McLaughlin, freelance writer
“My favourite place to ride in Wales is… Mount Snowdon.When Jamer, James Richards and I tackled Snowdon a couple of years ago, it was one of the biggest adventures I’d had on my bike. The mixture of steep climbs and hike-a-bike sections opened up some spectacular vistas and knife-edge passes. Timing it with the weather and around the voluntary ban is a tricky business and the summit with it’s tat shop and greasy cafe isn’t exactly Sir Edmund Hilary stuff, but it’s still a pretty cool achievement.”

We’d love to know what you think too! Let us know your favourite Welsh riding spot below!

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One Response to “The best of Wales’ MTB trails”

  1. Marky G says:

    One of my all time favourites is cwm rhaeadr (the secret welsh gem)
    For the simple fact that it is a 2mile up 2mile down trail. U know exactly what ur getting when u go there. Get up it and fly down it.
    If ur going to visit C.R then I suggest u loop it at least 2-3rimes as it only takes 30-40mins depending on fitness.
    The views on a nice clear blue sky day are as good as any other and the trail itself is fast from too to bottom.
    It’s graded a red trail but IMO its a fast fun flowy blue.
    U have small features like drops small tables little kickers, small
    Berms, big berms, small rock gardens. Sorrel has done a great job with this trail.
    The trail dries fast too so don’t be put off if some rain has fallen, it doesn’t hold water for long.
    If u like fast flowy adrenaline filled fun then u have to ride cwm rhaeadr.
    It’s short but very sweet : )