Penmachno or marin trail?
Subjective. Both great, both old school, both rocky, both about to be slaughtered by the haters…….. 😀 Penmachno is a trail of two halves, with choice of extending it withte h second part. The first loop is very XC, the second part is more entertaining IMO. Marin is slagged off because of its saw tooth profile…. loads of climbs to get to varied fun sections. The final descent is great, and you can short cut to it and miss some of the (some say) more boring bits.Posted 4 years agoHornet600Member
Both are great rides but I will say Penmachno is awesome.Posted 4 years ago
I love fast xc riding, with my wheels leaving the ground at the highest when going in and out the car!
Penmachno starts with a mega climb, starts off slow in the trees but once in flow, is ‘probably’ some of the best xc singletrack you can ride.
Of course, this is just my opinion and I love my Cotic Soda (gives you an idea of my riding!)Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Marin is fun, fast, has some classic bits of trail and is a proper old style blast.
Rocky section on the top is my favourite bit, just such a great bit of trail.
Penmach, as above, is superb – loop 1 is so well designed, always fun and safe but most of it feels very natural.
Loop 2 doesn’t do it for me quite as much.
Anywhere else it would be great, but loop 1 is so good it feels like a bit of a letdown.
Only a bit though.
There’s an honesty box near the map at the start.Posted 4 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
Personnely I’m lucky enough to live under an hour from them and I love them both.
If you want to do both but your mate can’t. Do the original Penmachno loop, they grab a bit to eat on the way to the Marin and do the first big climb and the final 3 descents (shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes, give you a good taste of both.
Or leave your mate in the car park 😉
Wouldn’t do either in the next week or so mind……. Rain and wind don’t mix well with Penmachno and given the wind up here as I right this there are bound to be trees down on the Marin.
EnjoyPosted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Marin for me… But it’s longer since I did penmachno so maybe when I do it again this year I’ll change my mind 😉 Marin is kind of hard work for the return, so I can see why people are down on it but I just forget about that and look at the quality of riding (and the location)
Is Penmachno still fitted with anti-drains? Bizarre place, we went there in a heatwave, all the drains and ditches were dry and the trail was still underwater in places.Posted 4 years agosaxabarMember
Yeah, last time I was there those sections were well and truly closed. Same seems to apply now: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Penmachno-mountain-bike-trails/206631562682141Posted 4 years agosteve_b77Member
Pen for me, it just feels better. Even the into to a head wind pigyn bit.
Linking is a good idea if you’ve got it in yer legs, or there’s a loop that turns the Marin into a 42km loop with a couple of big ass climbs and an awesome rocky, loose, dry riverbed kinda feeling descent.Posted 4 years ago
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