Doethie Valley – current conditions

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  • Doethie Valley – current conditions
  • v666ern
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    I know, i know muddy…but its on my bucket list and i have a pass for sunday. bit excited :mrgreen:

    http://www.mbr.co.uk/routes/wales/doethie-valley-gps-route-download-324940
    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/doethie-valley-worth-the-effort

    Im actually going to try driving up saturday afternoon and sleeping at Llyn Brianne Dam (a la stoner) then i can do an early start.

    Any tips, aside from waterproofs?!

    Premier Icon cloudnine
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    Pack some Waders

    ferrals
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    and if its like here – a scythe for the bracken! 😆

    Ponty
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    We rode/walked it about a month ago and its no longer the trail it was, overgrown and many boggy sections….consensus was we’d not do it again until its recovered.

    v666ern
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    oh sh+t really? – i dont mind a bit of clambering, have the day for it but if its unrideable ill have to look for something else #sadface

    Ponty
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    One of our group broke his hanger midway, and we walked almost as much as he did….sections where you could ride were very short 🙁

    You could always have a go and tell me I’m wrong 😀

    v666ern
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    oh b#gger – oh well thank you for your help Ponty, glad i asked now! hmm now where to go…sarn helen cadair idris…?

    whitestone
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    I’ve done it once, quite late on in the year so the bracken was fully grown. This made it fun as you could just lean/fall over and the bracken would hold you up 😆

    I’d say it was 80% rideable with most of the horrid bit being in the middle where there were a lot of tussocks but we could have got the wrong line.

    Probably better in spring after a dry spell if you want the open flowing trails.

    Premier Icon mtbguiding
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    Cadair on a Sunday this time of year will be heaving… check out the Elan Valley, or Pont Scethin… email me (on profile) if you need GPXs etc

    v666ern
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    or Pont Scethin…

    Think i’ve just found an old post on here searching for just that !

    hmm maybe elan actually…this all started from going to ride cwmcarn from gloucester so might be a bit of a trek!

    Premier Icon mtbguiding
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    Elan Valley is easier to get to from Cwm Carn than Doethie Valley. Probably best to link Pont Scethin with Coed y Brenin or Cadair another time 🙂

    Necropost.. Explored this today as its been dry recently and have to say came away disappointed. Beautiful scenery but it felt like the bike was there just to get round it a bit quicker than walking.

    Felt like it would be ace for fell running but on a bike every 100m of promising singletrack was punctuated by a swamp, fallen tree, gate or boulder filled stream crossing. Even the better condition stuff is sufficiently rutted that it’s a battle to avoid constant pedal strikes.

    Anyone got a time machine? Sounded ace in 2011

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    It’s the most over hyped section of trail ever. A dreadful biking experience that somehow one of the magazines managed to gush about years ago. I think it was MBR?

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I loved it for the scenery, definitely worth it if you like being out there. But not the best technical riding. Go elsewhere for that (please 🙂 )

    whitestone
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    As per my post from a year ago I thought it was great, proper old-skool mountain biking where you have to work at it. It’s not a convenience food like trail centre.

    Like most of our footpaths and bridleways it’s not maintained in any organised sort of way so if a tree falls across it then that will stay until either it rots or someone comes along with a saw and sorts it out of their own accord.

    As for gates, get a life! This is the working countryside where stock needs to be kept in or out of fields.

    Premier Icon Ambrose
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    Whitestone, sensible comments.
    TBH I prefer to drop into the valley part way down. A totally stunning drop down via a set of grassy switchbacks. Accessed from the farm just off the main reservoir track.

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