Nant yr Arian – Opinions?
Summit trail is excellent – but maybe a little short. The Continental trail covers quite a bit of the Summit trail but also some more ‘wilderness’ type riding. I like close by and my choice would be the summit – more fun and if you are feelign excitable you could always do the fun bits twice.Posted 9 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
I likes it. It’s my next trail centre stop, as it happens, on a 3 day road trip.
It’s a nice mix of wide open spaces, which you might call “proper mountain biking” and the playground fun and games of a trail centre. ‘Mark of Zorro’ is a hoot – Vid link here – http://www.mtbbritain.co.uk/images/nantyrarian_zorro_lower.wmv
The cafe’s a little full of the loo, brew and a view brigade, but they do nice cake!
Overall, a nice place. Well worth a trip. Plus, there’s loads of really good open trail mountain action to be had around there.Posted 9 years agoSurfrMember
It’s my back garden. I’ve only ridden here and Coed y Brenin so can’t make any comparisons but it’s a great XC trail centre with technical or fast flowing singletrack downhill sections.
The Pendam is good for a quick blast. It links most of the technical sections close to the centre and Pendam lake with short fire road climbs or lakeside singletrack.
The Summit is more of the same (uses most of the Pendam trail then goes further out) with longer XC sections and a longer climb in the middle (the Leg Burner).
I’ve not done the Syfydrin as it looks to take in a heck of a lot of road. Albeit unclassified roads. It heads right back down the valley to my village then back out to the centre again. I don’t doubt that it gets up onto the uplands a little but it’s not my cup of tea. I’d rather be on a trail.
All in all, It’s a great centre with full bike cleaning facilities, a good cafe and plenty of outdoor space to relax and watch the kite feeding after a hefty ride. You’ll not be disappointed.Posted 9 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
It’s very different from Brenin, Brechfa, Carn and Afan:
pleasant and not too bike specific (walkers and twitchers too)
scenic, open and fast
mixture of “natural” and hand-built
The standard and condition of the singletrack is really high esp. Mark of Zorro.
We rode 2 laps of “Summit” as part of a Welsh weekend road trip with The Beast and Tawr at Coed Y Brenin. It was the highlight of the trip IMO.Posted 9 years agoFROGLEEKMember
When we visited we didnt encounter another soul just the red kites and the occasional sound of the RAF on training hugging the landscape. We combined it with a trip to Machynlleth for Climach x action – well recommended and a nice contrast to Nant Y Arian less techinical riding..Posted 9 years agosteve_b77Member
I did it (the Syfydrin inc. the Summit trail) back in October with a bunch of mates (13 in all), it rained for the whole 4 hours, and there was fog so thick you couldn’t see more than 50m ahead for most of the ride.
There was alot of going up for not alot of back down again IMHO, but I’d defo give it another go on a nicer day.
The Climach is meant to be proper good fun tooPosted 9 years ago
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