Llandegla Forest is one of the largest privately-owned recreation facilities in North Wales.
The forest has mountain biking trails suitable for beginners and family groups; more challenging routes for experienced bikers; and a choice of picturesque walking trails.
All tracks are completely enclosed within the forest, with no main roads to cross. Within the Visitor Centre there is a café and a variety of facilities for bikers, all just 7 miles from Wrexham and 14 miles from Chester.
Family Route (Green) 5 km/3 miles
A waymarked route of approximately 5km has been developed specifically with families in mind. The route avoids major climbs and technical sections, and concentrates on allowing families to experience off-road cycling in a fun and safe way. The surfaces encountered on this route are generally hard packed but there are sections which are loose, uneven or muddy at times. The route allows riders to ascend gently from the car park, through the forest and on to the reservoir, with its views of the Clwydian Range. After cycling around the reservoir, the route meanders back through the forest before the final descent which sweeps down to the Visitor Centre, providing you with an opportunity for a well earned cup of tea and piece of cake!
Beginner Route (Blue) 12 Km/7.5 miles
So you have a good level of fitness and you want to give mountain biking a go? This is a great route to try before embarking on the longer ‘Intermediate’ Route. It is still 12km in length, and there is a gradual climb up through the forest until it splits with the Intermediate Route at the top of the forest. Then comes the essence of what mountain biking is all about – you are rewarded for your uphill climb! There is a great route to be enjoyed back to the Centre – which is mostly comprised of gradual downhills – but interspersed with a few gentle uphill sections, just to keep you on your toes! This route also has a selection of small humps and other features to add a degree of challenge! The route can also be wet and muddy in places depending on the weather conditions.
Intermediate Route (Red) 18 km/11 miles
If you are a proficient mountain biker with a high skill level then you must try this fantastic route. This trail shares the same gradual ascent through the forest with the ‘Beginner’ (blue) route. When it splits off at the top of the forest, the longer red route sends you on a series of more technical challenges, with unsurfaced singletrack (0.6m-1.2m) and steep flowing sections of trail cutting through the more remote areas of the forest (see the personal safety section of this leaflet). This trail utilises huge unavoidable bermed switchbacks, whoops, water crossings, tabletops and boardwalk. As well as being a longer route there are also more uphill and downhill sections. A high level of fitness, stamina and experience is needed for this route.
Black Runs (Black) 21 km/13 miles
There are a series of black runs (6km) which are accessible only from the Intermediate Route. Together, the red and black routes comprise of 21km of trail. The black runs are predominantly steeper downhill stretches and they have much more challenging technical features. These sections of trail are designed for mountain bikers who are used to physically demanding routes. They require the use of a good quality, well-serviced mountain bike. They contain long sections of steep, largely stable but unsurfaced trail of 0.6m or greater and include unavoidable obstacles with large steps, gaps and drop-offs. Some timber structures have exposed edges and a trail width of only 1 metre, and there are sections of steep, technically challenging climbs. For experienced bikers only.
Tuesday: 9.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 8.30pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 8.30pm
Friday: 9.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday: 9.00am – 6.30pm
Hot food served in the cafe between 10.00am and 4.00pm
Oneplanet Adventure is the company which runs the facilities at Coed Llandegla Forest. The company is owned and operated by locals Jim Gaffney & Ian Owen, both experienced and enthusiastic mountain bikers.
What better way to relax after an energetic ride than with a cup of coffee and a slice of the now legendary homemade cake on offer at the Oneplanet Café. Located within the centre building at the trailhead, the café offers all sorts of hot and cold snacks, all aimed at those who have just spent time in the great outdoors. But don’t think that this is a café only for cyclists; all visitors here receive a warm welcome. There is no better place to come and relax, than in our beautiful log cabin in the woods.
The Oneplanet shop located within the log cabin is rapidly expanding and holds a large stock of clothing, spares and upgrades for all types of mountain bikes. Stocking brands such as Kona, RaceFace, Altura, Hope, 661, Shimano, SRAM and many, many more it is a handy place to pop into either before or after a ride. Why waste a day of your weekend going into town to get the bike bits you need, when you can spend that precious day riding at Llandegla, and get these essential items here.
Oneplanet Adventure have also been designated as an official Kona Test Centre, with ‘06’ Kona bikes available for demo out on the trails of Coed Llandegla, what better way to see if a bike is for you, than to actually ride it. Contact staff in the shop if you are interested in testing one of the latest Kona Bikes
To discuss test riding the latest Konas call us on 01978 751656
So you think you’d like to give this mountain biking lark a go, but don’t think that your bike is up to it. Worry not! Just give the boys at Oneplanet Adventure a ring and reserve a top quality Kona Mountain bike, in the correct size for you. The bikes are available all year round, and whether you need 1 bike or 15 Oneplanet Adventure will be able to cater for your exact needs.
To reserve a bike call 01978 751656 and ask to be put through to the shop.
A charge is made for car parking in order to allow ongoing re-investment into the development of the trails. Car park charges are £2.50 for up to 4 hours or £4.00 for all day. Alternatively a season pass is available for 12 months which costs £25. TRAIL HEAD CLOSES 1.5 HRS BEFORE THE VISITOR CENTRE.
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Postcode for GPS systems: LL11 3AA
Grid Reference for entrance from A525 (main road): SJ 227520
Posted on: July 23, 2008