If you’re looking for somewhere to get fit after a stuffing at Christmas then you’ve come to the right in this gorgeous part of Wales. The steep hills and sprawling landscapes lend themselves superbly to helping you get in shape after a festive season with mountain biking in North Wales being a hugely popular option for all.
There are many trails dotted all across the region with each offering their own challenges and rewards after you conquer them. NorthWales.com brings you a list of some of the best to try out, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a total newcomer.
Ranger’s Path – Snowdon
Being the highest mountain in Britain, you’d expect every traverser of Snowdon to take it easy on the iconic slopes, right? Well, not according to the mountain bikers who challenge this mountain.
A sidetrack course which is sure to offer plenty of difficulty for any experience rider, this is one of the biggest descents in the UK and should be approached with some caution. Plan ahead and perhaps have a partner with you every step of the way.
Coed-y-Brenin – Snowdonia
Much was made of this course when first finished and it does certainly live up to the hype as there’s such a broad appeal to it.
The very first special trail course built in Britain, this is the definite trail to try out if you either want to tune up on your skills or to try a gentle introduction to the sport – there’s such variety that you are almost spoilt for choice. Make sure you take a traipse around the facilities at the centre once you’ve finished biking too!
Machynlleth – Dyfi Forest
If you’re after a ride around nature then you simply cannot go wrong with this trail to the south of Snowdonia. Offering all the challenges you’d expect from a dense forest area near the foot of highlands, this one is purely back to basics.
Join up with the local biking community and take on the Raw Dyfi Enduro – a fearsome 15km ride around the area which has plenty of ups and downs to make even the most experienced biker think twice.
Antur Stiniog – Blaenau Ffestiniog
One of the newest additions to the trails of North Wales, this centre for downhill biking accepted all changes when it opened in 2012 and is already one of the most-tread mountain biking destinations in all of Britain.
Be prepared for a whole array of different courses where sometimes the only thing you can do is to just cling on. One of the only biking venues in Britain which offer uplifts (easy way to ascend slopes), there’s so many runs you can fit in in a short space of time.
There are many more trails around North Wales but to find them all, you’ll just have have to jump on your bike and explore.
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