Wild & Waymarked – Report

I took a group of mountain bike riders to North Wales, for a guided day of wild, natural trails mixed in with some way marked trails around Betws Y Coed, on their first ride with a MTB Guide

After the drive up on Friday, the group arrived and we set up bikes and sorted kit in readiness for the Saturday ride. After a good breakfast of bacon and eggs, with coffee and porridge, I outlined the days riding, and what the weather could be like – a rather windy and wet day was forecast, but Wales in February, the chances of a blue sky day are slim.

Getting ready to ride – North Wales – MTB Guide

Once we had got outside, and all ready for the off, we rolled out of Dolwyddelan and headed North up onto the top of Lynn Y Foel and dropping down near Capel Curig, and following a quite back lane past Roman Fort ruins, and into the edge of the Marin Trail, now named Gwydir Mawr – more information about Gwydir Mawr here.

Penmachno – North Wales – MTB Guide

Following the Gwydir Mawr trail we dropped out into Betws Y Coed for a mid ride snack and warm beverage – keeping energy up, and time for a chat about the trails ridden so far. We then rode round more quiet lanes to join a sustained climb to join the Penmachno trails, and looped round turning North towards Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant , then over a short climb and a downhill back into Dolwyddelan.

Post ride – North Wales – MTB Guide

Following warm showers, and a beer next to the wood burning stove, we ate a good plate of spaghetti bolognaise. A guided day of natural mountain bike trails balanced with some man-made sections to get a sample of the excellent riding that can be found in Wales.

About the trip
This trip included a MTB Guide, accommodation in a warm, comfy Welsh cottage, with catering, included trail snacks

This trip was also assisted by Sommet.cc – they create unique road riding trips in Europe, with a focus on Girona. Photography above by Nick / Sommet.cc — Thanks!

Getting ready to ride – North Wales – MTB Guide


1 comment

Stuart Brown

Excellent weekend and great trip! Jim found a very well equipped and comfortable cottage as our base and provided a hot breakfast and evening meal.
The routes were a nice mix of natural and man made sections and great fun to ride, inducing a huge grin! Jim offered some route options for differing rider ability and paced the ride to suit without pressure to ride anything beyond anyone’s ability
The cottage was a welcome refuge at the end of a very wet but fun day.

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