Mountain Bike heaven

The hills are alive, Not just with the sound of music, either. Danny Walter, editor-in-chief of Mountain Biking UK magazine, picks out some of the best rides in Wales.

  • Snowdon (Ranger’s Path), Snowdonia
    Snowdon (Ranger’s Path), Snowdonia

    Why? It’s Wales’s highest mountain – and every mountain biker should have that peak on their hit list. And its reward is the Ranger Path, one of the best and most challenging singletrack descents in the UK. Please note the voluntary ban on bike riding between midnight 31st May – 30th September.

    Added bonus: Pete’s Eats in Llanberis for hearty portions and a legendary breakfast. 

  • Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia
    Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia

    Why? Coed y Brenin is the first UK purpose-built trail centre. Great variety of trails for pretty much every level of rider – this is one of the best, not only in Wales but also the UK.

    Added bonus: Excellent all-round facilities: bike shop, café and toilets. Cool little playground for the kids too.

  • Why? Great isolated-feel natural riding without actually being miles away from everything! The Doethie Valley features one of the longest stretches of singletrack in the country.

    Added bonus: Clive Powell Mountain Bikes is the shop of choice with a famously good restaurant and catered weekend tours offered.

  • Cwmcarn, Monmouthshire
    Cwmcarn Mountain Bike Centre, Monmouthshire, Wye Valley

    Why? Widely-known for DH track and rapid-fire uplift service, but for those in the know Cwmcarn is also an XC/trail bike paradise. The nine mile (15.5 km) Twrch Trail is one of the most engaging loops around and its final descent is in many ways more entertaining than the actual downhill one.

    Added bonus: Fine food provided by Welsh dinner ladies in the trail centre café. Plus quality shop PS Cycles is just around the corner.

  • Brecon Beacons, Powys
    Mountain Biking in the Brecon Beacons

    Why? National Park riding at its best. 14 marked cross-country routes ranging from basic level to all-day hammerfests. Loads to explore but get the specific lowdown from Gateway Cycles in Abergavenny.

    Added bonus: The brand new Bikepark Wales mountain biking centre is now open at Merthyr Tydfil.

  • Cyclists coming down a trail at Afan Forest Park in the Neath Valley
    Afan Forest Park, Neath Port Talbot, Neath Valley

    Why? With four incredible trails in easy reach of the M4 corridor, Afan Forest is the easiest ‘remote’ place to get to, making it ideal for weekend adventures. Added bonus: If you need an extra off road hit, Cwmcarn is nearby and also just off the M4. The final descent is well worth the famously tough climb...

  • BikeParkWales
    Mountain bikers at BikePark Wales near Methyr Tydfil, South Wales Valleys

    Why? BikePark Wales is the hottest new mountain bike spot in the UK and the first true Bike Park to boot. Fantastic range of tailor-made trails for all levels of rider, whether you’re just starting out or fancy taking on a bigger challenge on the uplift.

    Added bonus: A cracking visitor centre, with all the facilities and expert advice on hand you could wish for.

  • A Nant yr Arian visitor interpretation board in the foreground with a view down Cwm Melindwr, Ceredigion
    Nant yr Arian, Ceredegion

    Why? Nant yr Arian has three great trails across exposed moorland, and through tight twisty singletrack through woodland – ranging from 5.5 miles (9km) to 21.7 miles (35km). 

    Added bonus: The George Barrow hotel is less than a mile (1.5km) from the centre, and is a great MTB friendly place to stay.

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