- Nant Yr Arian… what's it like?
Going to do a 3 days @ start of feb for some trails that i have not done before.
On the list is Nant Yr Arian, so wondered if anyone had some info on what its like?
For reference we like technical, rocky, challenging rather than gravelled Llandegla type trails.
Then we were maybe looking at ‘The Beast’ as it’s nearly 15 years since i was there in the ‘Karrimoor trail’ days, and fancied seeing if it was worth it.
Penmachno is the first of the three days as i really like that trail.
We might end up at Brechfa for the Gorlech. I’ve done the Raven, and fancied something different there.
any info, opinions???
Lardman.Posted 4 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
Be aware of some trail-segment closures due to forestry work; those nearest the centre itself. You can join the first segment part-way by taking the footpath the climbs up out of the car park and following that until it intersects the cycle trail. The loss of the final segment back to the centre is quite a loss IMO.
It’s perfect HT terrain – smooth with a narrower profile in places and lots of wiggles and flowy corners. Segments are linked by moorland doubletrack. Mark of Zorro is one of the nicest singletrack segments anywhere IMO. It’s not a techfest at all.Posted 4 years ago
It’s great but but not really “technical, rocky, challenging”. It isn’t smooth groomed gravel either. The Syfydrin is a good “wilderness” ride. It’s rated black because it gets a bit remote rather than difficult.
Thought about the Climachx at Machynlleth? – worth it for the final decent – beware in the wet! 🙂Posted 4 years agop7richSubscriber
NYA is excellent. Did it last year and was good. Not much of it as i recall though. If you’re in the area a few days you really can’t miss Antur Stiniog. Meets all your criteria. I also second Climachx, one of my favourite trails – watch out for the 90-left near the end!Posted 4 years agomtMember
It’s great and you’ll enjoy it. You can do some lonely singletrack with a bit of an out there feel. As stated above, the loss of the trail back to the cafe is shame. Good cafe. Try a ride in the Élan Valley also, get over to Rhyader and speak to Neil and Clive in Élan Valley Cyclery. Clive is a legend of Mid Wales mtbiking.Posted 4 years agokpt1972Member
There’s some fantastic “Off Piste” riding to be had off and around Nant Yr Moch also. I’ve done quite a few now and linked them in with some of the usual trails out and back – search the forum for Nant Yr Arian and it should give you a few idea’s of what’s about there.Posted 4 years agoCaptainCrashSubscriber
High as a Kite is gone for the duration. 🙁 the entire area has been clear-felled with the inevitable damage to the trail. Officially, the area is to be re-planted with 13,000 oak trees and other native species before Spring. We suspect the trail won’t be repaired/rebuilt until after those are established……Posted 4 years ago
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