- 4 days in north Wales..what would you ride? (Trail centre content)
The Captains advice above is worth considering, remembering the old stuff over the road at CYB as still worth riding.
Some of the routes do replicate each other though similar to Degla but on a much better trail.
The only thing with this option is you only get to ride one centre and visiting other places is always a draw, even if they disppoint compared to another.
Penmach and Marin are a lot less ‘trail centre’ with no trail head or facilities, these split opinion but IMHO give a more wilderness natural feel to them than say CYB and much more than Degla which can sometimes feel like a motorway, particularly weekends.
Whatever you end up doing, you’ll be with mates, in the mountains, riding bikes…. it’ll be all good.Posted 4 years agodavidxbrownMember
Friday drive straight to Betws, check into digs then go ride the Marin, no need to drive to the trail head carpark as you can join it above Betws, if you want less pub time you can do the final section twice 🙂
Saturday theres a great off road route from Betws to join Penmachno somewhere near the cross over point, ride all and return the same way, makes for a day out and again no driving involved.
Sunday drive and have a day out at Coedy.
Monday Llandegla on the wway home if the legs are up for it….Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
Wouldn’t bother with Llandegla, its one of my least favourite trail centres. Would be ok if it was local but traveling any real distance its going to be a disappointment imo. The best one is Nant yr Arian imo, but I guess that’s more mid Wales? CyB not bad and a few trail options to choose from. Definitely do Snowdon though, its a good’un!Posted 4 years agojekkylMember
where the marin trail starts and ends there is a fantastic curry house literally over the road, well over the river on the corner. The taxi driver said it’s the best curry house in all of north wales and their list of specials is extensive, we enjoyed a very nice curry there:
Asha Balti House
4 Denbigh St, LL26 0LL
Tel: 01492 641910
I’d go with davidxbrown’s list, marin on the first night with dinner at the curry house straight after, yum yum!Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
A bit longer at CyB is a good call. It’ll allow the fitter riders to do a bit more while the rest take a break at the visitor centre. Lots of good riding there. Snowdon is a good ride and a good experience. How about an uplift at Antur Stiniog? The blacks are pretty full on but the red and blue and very rideable by all.Posted 4 years agosuperfliMember
For my mates 40th last Aug we stayed at Penmachno. Drove up morning and rode Penmachno 1+2 in the afternoon. 2nd day we did The Beast at CyB. On the way home we stopped at Llangdegla and rode the red/black. Fantastic w/e, only wish we had booked onto Antur uplift instead of maybe CyB (we’d done CyB a few times before).Posted 4 years ago
So, it’s my 40th biking weekend coming up in a couple of weeks and we (12 of us) are off to north Wales for 4 days of biking. We are looking to do trail centres as it makes the whole thing much easier to organise.
We are traveling up from the Malverns on Friday afternoon and staying in Betws-Y-Coed til Monday.
On the list I’ve got:
Betws-Y: Marin and Penmachno
Coed-Y: MBR and Tarw
Llandegla: Red and Black
As we are driving past I thought we could do Red @ Llandegla on the way up to start then do Betws-Y one day, Coed-Y the other then on the final morning do Llandegla Black to finish.Posted 4 years ago
Any other options? Ideas?
I do the Marin for a history lesson after you arrive, Penmachno because it’s fantastic, and the routes around Conwy mountain from this:
If you like swearing, the Colwydd/Crafnant route should at least be attempted once in your life. 😀
Not keen on CYB, personally – if you’re going to North Wales, it’d be nice to actually see some of it.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks guys. Had forgotten about Antur 8)
Hopefully the rest of the guys will be up for that!
So I reckon:
Day 1: Penmachno + curry
Day 2: Coed-Y MBR + tarw
Day 3: Antur Stiniog
Day 4: Landegla on the way home
That’ll give everyone time to get a bit of riding in before the carnage @ Antur.
Obviously all 3 nights will be + beer
Mates, bikes, beer…happy days!Posted 4 years agotimnwildMember
+1 for a full day at CYB, if not more. I’ve done the Beast and the red squirelly one in one day, then some stuff over the road on another visit, would have made a great long day all in one go. Bike shop there for the ‘It was alright before I put it in the van’ tech problems of day one, good food, etc.
Got to be worth considering Snowdon for the ‘I’ve done it’ badge, although it’s not much actual riding. Ranger’s Path descent is something to remember.
And Antur Stiniog is just a great laugh. I’d do it in that order as well – big day first, then the techier descent on Snowdon second day, then the pure fun of Antur last day, as you’ll be right in the mood, plus anyone who wilts a bit can just stop getting in the uplift van and got for a cuppa/goof about on the pump track without disrupting the day.
Penmachno’s fun, but the one I’d least like to do again.Posted 4 years agomrhoppySubscriber
I’d do Penmachno on the way up, Marin & Llyn Colwyd the next day, then a day at Antur and do the Beast on the way home. If you’re desperate to only do trail centres then do CyB instead of Marin and go to Degla on the way back. NyA is a bit out of the way to be considered N Wales.Posted 4 years agoMunqe-chickMember
Haven’t read thread! But my 2p’s worth….
penmachno guff stay away! Marin trail ace. Never done Llandegla.Posted 4 years ago
If going to CyB do The Beast.
True, but the brews are huge and the ice cream shop across the road is fantastic. 🙂
Y Caban at Brynrefail is my favourite place for food for miles.
Closes at 4 though, shame.
Penceunant Isaf at the bottom of the Llanberis path is a wonderful little place & the owner (Steff?) is a bit of a legend.Posted 4 years agopatriotproMember
Follow Llandegla red until you get to the black diversions and do those. The newer black sections are kin ace if you like riding flow at a decent lick. If not its all rollable so nothing to worry about.
Antur Stiniog uplift (adviseable to book) http://www.anturstiniog.com/
Not keen on CyB personally but is good for. Wide range of abilities and tastes and the cafe is a nice spot to reflect on th days riding. Best. To read the trail descriptions when you get there.
Enjoy!Posted 4 years ago
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