Nant yr Arian – is it worth the trip over?
Staying in Dolgellau for 5 nights as Torridon will be drenched this week coming. Doing Llandegla on the way down, and planning on a day at Penmachno / Llanwrst along with Thursday at Antur Stiniog
Also got Snowdon on the list, but is it worth going over to Aberystwyth to do Nant yr Arian? And if so, which trails are worth it?
Anything else worth travelling for?
cheersPosted 4 years ago
Sounds like a plan then – nice ride round Nant (not likely to get the chance again for a while) and then finish it off with a blast down ClimachX
That’s Monday sorted. Llandegla on Sunday, Penmachno on Tue, Snowdon and Marin on Wed and Antur Stiniog on Thursday. And that’s only North Wales – and missing out Coed y Brenin too 🙂Posted 4 years agogears_suckMember
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Nant yr Arian is my favourite trail centre out of those I’ve been to. We only did the Summit and Pendam trails – really wanted to do the Syfydrin but my mates weren’t up for it.
Are you sure they’re your mates. Seems a bit harsh to blame it on them. Surely you could have done it by yourself while they had a cup of tea. Had you REALLY wanted to do it of course.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
Im holidaying in Aber this week and rode at NYA earlier.
I rode the Summit trail with Hippity hop loop from the Pendam trail thrown in – that pretty much covers all the single track. It’s a really nice trail, some good shape to it and a fair bit of variety. The visitor centre is one of the best in Wales – the cafe is superb, much better than CYB and the Bacud nature trail and play park are great for the kids and their mum while you’re out. Mrs Stoner then went for a run on the walking trails and enjoyed it a lot.
The summit trail is billed as 1.5-2.5 hrs which is a bit generous as I went round in 1hr + 15mins for the Hippity hop loop. But it is 100% singlespeedable. The Syfydrin Trail is pretty much the same as the Summit but throws in a big outback loop too which would make for a more substantial day out. Mask of Zorro is excellent fun, but the leg burner on the way back up is not so much 🙁
Id definitely go to NYA as a destination again.
Having ridden Climacx yesterday, Im not sure Id say the same about that one. It’s OK but billed as 2-4hrs you can get round in about 1hr15mins and although there’s nothing “wrong” about it, there’s not much to attract you to it either. The final descent is OK, but not enough on its own.
Mach 3 was a good “out there” ride. Supposedly 3-3.5hrs it took me 3hrs on the SS and that’s with a bit of navigational faffing. But it’s 100% rideable on the SS and has some great open views – some grassy field climbs were a drag even in short summer grass – shouldn’t want to do them in the rain and winter 🙂Posted 4 years agoscandal42Subscriber
Did you ride it tmb?
The weather really changed on Monday, low cloud, rain mist, still managed a ride at Nant but only the summit rather than the Syphilis trail.
Must say, awesome trail 😀
Flowing singletrack with some technical parts, overall a cracking ride and will return in the future.Posted 4 years agobeiciwr64Member
Nant yr Arian closed for 3 months starting next month!
Just in case you are planning a visit.
An area popular with mountain bikers in Ceredigion is to shut for three months while larch trees infected with a disease are felled.
Work to remove the trees from around a lake at Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian, near Aberystwyth, will begin next month.Posted 4 years ago
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