- penmachno trail. all weather?
The builders all now have well paid jobs as irrigation engineers in the middle east. Hub deep standing water in middle of a dry week in July, you almost have to admire the ineptitude of the builders. 20 years of trail center experience in the area totally disregarded. Building an impermeable rock path lower than all the surrounding ground, and don’t employ camber, culverts etc makes a stream bed not a trail.Posted 5 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
What’s budget got to do with it? Ride another trail with your eyes open, or just use google, knowledge is free. Whole sections of the second part are shockingly badly built- flat aggregate about a foot below the surrounding ground, collects and holds water near permanently. Not sure why extra cash would have enabled them to put a camber on it, or stick some culverts in.
Frankly I’d be embarrassed to have been associated with it, and annoyed that all my free labour had been so badly directed. But then, I’d have done a bit of research first.
Mikew, its been a while but from memory sections 2.5, 2.6 and 2.10 (your vid is short loop?)? Rode it last summer, the day after riding the beast and staying bone dry. Shoes took days to dry out. Old skool 26″ not bmx.Posted 5 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
I’ve ridden Penmachno a few times. I’d advise the main loop which is approx 19km. The additional bit (another 11km or so) is pretty pedally, without much payback (though it does offer some stunning view of Snowdonia) and is also probably the wettest bit.
Thing to bear in mind is that Penmachno isn’t an out and out trail centre like Llandegla or Cannock or Coed y Brenin. It’s more of a 50/50 in that in places it is more akin to natural, rather than trail centre, riding. As far as I know it was built, and is maintained, primarily by locals, doing it in their own time. As such it doesn’t have the same level of investment (money, time, expertise) as other centres.
That said, what it does have is some absolutely cracking, hardcore singletrack. By that I mean it is full of rocks, drops, ruts and sharp descents. It has bits of it that are true white knuckle riding and as a poster said above the last mile or so is absolutely brilliant.
My two penn’orth is that if you want to ride some brilliant, fast yet hard singletrack that’ll shoot you out of the bottom glad to be alive and glad to be alive, then you could do a hell of a lot worse than Penmachno. The fact that it is a bit wet in places is doesn’t take away from the fact that it has some absolutely brilliant riding that will properly put a grin on your face. The wetness just adds to the challenge in my opinion 😉Posted 5 years ago
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