There’s a group of use off up there this weekend. We’re staying @ the Vagabond in Betws-y-coed. Here’s our rough itinerary:Posted 4 years ago
Friday: Drive up/ride Penmachno and Marin @ Betws
Saturday: Coed-y-Brenin (45 mins away)
Sunday: Uplift @ Antur Stiniog
Monday: Llandegla on the way homejambalayaSubscriber
As @creamegg says depends what you are looking for.
My suggestion would be;
South Wales – much closer and easier to get to from Southampton than North/Central
Mix natural and trail center so that you have a feel for both
Obvious combination would be Afan and a Brecons route (eg Gap as it’s a classic, some like it some think “it’s not what it used to be”) or a loop to/from Crickhowell (email me and I’ll share one with you which another STWer sent me)
You can stay at Afan, there is a lodge there
There are many options and arguably better trail centres, eg the new Bike Park Wales may be open by then.Posted 4 years ago
Ok some good suggestions there. So we are looking to leave work early on the Friday to drive up, stay over and be able to start riding nice and early on the Saturday. Then head back home on the Sunday evening so was thinking a different place for each day could be the way to go.
I was thinking a trail centre one day and then maybe some longer more natural singletrack riding the next day. We mostly ride singletrack, trail centres and xc loops up to about 30 odd miles so something along those lines would be good.Posted 4 years agosuperfliMember
If you’ve not been before, I would do Afan Sat and CwmCarn Sunday on way home. Cwmcarn on has 1 XC trail atm, but should keep you entertained for the morning.Posted 4 years ago
Stay at Afan Lodge (heard its good, but not stayed there), or Green Lanterns (Used to be good, was when I stayed, but heard its not so good now – cheap).cycl1ngjbMember
I’ve ridden most of the trail centres in Wales.
I’d suggest either sticking to the South or North only – the roads through the middle of Wales are slow going.
If staying South I’d probably go for Afan (W2 trail), BPW and Cwmcarn (2 x Twrch trail).
Cwmcarn would be on the way back to Soton, the other two aren’t that far apart.
You could also head over to Brechfa which is worth the trip (though in my opinion best when it has been dry).
Best to get Brechfa one done on the 1st or 2nd day as the drive back to Soton from there would be a long one.
If you were going for North, then Penmachno/Marin can be done in a day (10 minutes drive to get from one to the other), a day at CYB (avoid the Tarw trail – it’s not good – go for the Beast/MBR/Dragons back instead) then Llandegla on the way out.
Staying somewhere near CYB or Betws-y-coed would be good if you went for N Wales.Posted 4 years ago
So having got the necessary green cards, myself and a mate plan to make the trip from Southampton up to Wales for a weekend at the beginning of September.
Never ridden in Wales before so looking at trying a couple of places, one on each day. So recommend me some decent riding within reasonable distance of each other plus any b&bs and pubs to looks out for nearby?Posted 4 years agoscandal42Subscriber
Me and a mate have got a free pass next weekend and were looking at the Syfydrin trail. We wanted a good mix of flowing singletrack and ‘out there’ xc riding. Also wanted it to be a good day in the saddle.
Would be a weekend so is there anywhere else around that area to fill the time and get the most out of the riding?
Not hijacking, just thought it may be of interest to both of us 😀Posted 4 years ago
I’m swaying more towards the South, no point driving further than necessary.
I like the look of the Twrch trail at Cwmcarn, could do that on the Sunday then head home. So That lives the longer ride on the Saturday, Afan or Fod? Both are about an hour away from Cwmcarn going by google maps.
Afan website says W2 includes ‘two of the most demanding descents in the UK’ is that really the case or a bit of an exaggeration?Posted 4 years agocycl1ngjbMember
The ‘two of the most demanding’ tag is a bit of of an exaggeration – how difficult it is really depends on how fast you go (it’s probably a bit of H & S making sure people are appropriately warned and/or selling the trail as challenging to draw in visitors).
You’ll be fine.Posted 4 years ago
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