Who are Red Rock Trails?
Hi – we’re Heather and Chris, and our two kids, Dan and Iona. We offer cycling and adventure holidays for everyone from the farmhouse we have restored in the heart of a medieval village on the sunny side of the Pyrenees, in the Tremp Valley, two hours north-west of Barcelona.
What’s the riding like with Red Rock Trails?
We believe that everyone should love their riding experience here at Red Rock Trails, whether they want to enjoy the scenery at a leisurely pace, are looking to improve their trail skills, or want to spend all day on the steepest singletrack.
Tremp’s wide basin allows us to offer a wide range of trails, from gentle rides along the river or around the lake to singletrack descents dropping the best part of 1000m.
In addition to the historical GR and PR network, a small group of dedicated local bikers have formed a trailbuilding crew, and have been recovering and adapting disused old trails, creating the Pallars Bike Trails area.
As we generally have sunny weather, the trails don’t have to be heavily armoured, and so are smoother and more flowing than they might be otherwise. There are plenty of rock gardens for those that want them, though!
Each summer, the newest trails are showcased as part of a local wine festival in the ViBike race (WineBike in Catalan) – see their facebook page for a taste. A particular favourite is our own little slice of slickrock heaven…
Chris is a qualified and insured mtb guide under the Spanish system, and spends the off-season helping to train the next generation of local mtb guides, as well as working on trail building and maintenance.
What else is there to do?
The Pyrenees are a natural adventure playground. The white-water mountain rivers are popular for rafting, the narrow gorges and canyons with their streams and waterfalls are perfect for an afternoon of rockpooling or for a day out canyoning with a local guide, and we’re in between two big lakes that are great for swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding.
There is a wide range of hikes and walks, from the vertigo-inducing Mont Rebei gorge to a more gentle wander to see some of the many dinosaur footprints in the area, with a quick stop for a tour round one of the award-winning wineries.
What the Guardian said about us
We were featured in the Guardian’s list of best hotels for cyclists in the UK, France and Spain – No really!
On our doorstep we have some world-renowned climbing areas, such as the Terradets and Collegats gorges, Oliana, Abella de la Conca and Vilanova de Meia, and are friendly with local guides to show you around.
The resident kites, eagles and vultures don’t have the sky to themselves, either – the Montsec range that forms the south of the Tremp valley has hosted the European and World Paragliding and Hang Gliding Championships, and offers an exhilarating new way of seeing the local landscape with tandem flights.
We’re around an hour away from Port Aine, a small but friendly ski resort with a great snow record that’s pretty much empty outside the weekends.
When’s the best time to visit?
The riding season is from mid-February to the end of October. During February into March it’s still cold overnight, but normally it’s bright and sunny, and often it’s shorts & T-shirt riding weather. We can also head up to the mountains for days of skiing / boarding.
April, May and early June are great for riding, warm & sunny without being too hot, and the snowmelt means the white water is at its wildest.
From mid-June to mid-August the rides start earlier in the morning, we climb first thing before it gets too hot, then ride down and spend the afternoon around water to cool off. We can also head further up into the mountains.
In the second half of August the temperatures start to drop again, allowing longer rides to enjoy the autumn landscape, until we close for the year at the beginning of November.
What do you offer?
Living all year round with the locals we’ve got to know all the hidden secrets of the area, and we’re small enough to arrange the ideal holiday for you or your group.
We provide all your food & drink (apart from one evening meal), so when you’re not riding or fettling in the workshop, you can relax in comfort at the farmhouse, in the big enclosed courtyard or in our games room.
We love food and we love cooking for our guests!
We are influenced by the amazing ingredients and rich food culture found all around the Mediterranean, and especially in this corner of Spain. We are full-board and serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, early evening tapas and dinner with wine from the village winery.
Menus are developed each week depending on our guests and the activities they are doing. While we serve a set menu, there is usually some scope for flexibility, and of course, just let us know if you have any specific requirements.
Breakfast is served buffet-style, with fresh fruit, homemade yogurt and cereals. We bake our own sourdough bread and might have banana waffles or cinnamon buns, along with eggs cooked to order.
Lunch is either a generous picnic if out and about, or if you’re back at base, a hearty salad or vegetable tart using seasonal produce with perhaps some local cheese and charcuterie.
There’s always fruit and homemade cake available in the afternoon to stave off any hunger pangs before relaxing on the veranda with a cold beer and tapas. We all sit down together for dinner – and at least one of the evenings we’ll fire up the wood oven for pizza…
What if I want to bring my family?
We know that family holidays often involve trading-off competing priorities, so perhaps a more varied and flexible approach to cycling is required. We offer routes that are suitable for all the family, whatever their abilities. Challenging rides for serious bikers can always be fitted in around other family activities.
We have a full range of kids’ and adult bikes (Islabikes and Orbea), free for guests to use, along with helmets, gloves & pads.
Do you offer any discount to ST readers?
Yes – we offer a 5% discount off the adult price for all Singletrack Premier member bookings, and for full week bookings, a gift of a local organic cheese to take home! Just quote your valid Premier subscriber number when booking.
For group bookings, just get in touch and we’ll arrange further discounts.
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