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Reme-teerReme-teer Posts: 39
edited January 2009 in MTB general
hi all

Im looking at doing a biking holiday in wales in Feb i was just wondering if anyone had any advice on which trail centres are the best and also any good accomodation near by. Ive had a look and Afan seems to be the best is this everyones opinion?



  • dave_hilldave_hill Posts: 3,877
    Coed y Brenin's a good bet too. Check out the Tyn y Groes hotel just down the road (google it, they've got their own website).
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  • delcoldelcol Posts: 2,848
    i'l second c,y,b its a fantastic place there's ample bike friendly accomodation in the area,, it's not to far from penmac and the marin trail either and there's another trail in the area to i can't remember the name...
  • CYB for me too. Check out cadair view lodge for accomodation closeby if you want self catering. Driveable for a day at Betws Y coed too

    Machynlleth also an option. Did that myself last year. 3 marked mach trails and the climachx and driveable to CYB
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    The guys and gals on there will be more than appy to help and will be up for showing you some trails :D
  • Just booked ROSE COTTAGE next door to Afan for June. Good prices so worth a look at.
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  • I'd also vote for Afan and Coed y Brenin. If you have a car then you can get round a few centres in a week. We did it in October and pretty much rode a different place each day. Had a great ride at Machynlleth - Climachx trail is great, and while Cwncarn is short we've done it a couple of times as a last day/way home ride as it's a really fun little ride.
  • ThewaylanderThewaylander Posts: 8,594
    To be fair living in south Wales, Cwm is a much tougher ride than most trails at afan, just due to a tougher technical climb and way more rocky terrain.

    Coed Y is good, iIwould say Afain has some truly memorable trails but if its a holiday there are so many other trails near Coed Y you can't get bored as you are totally spoiled for choice!
  • Stu 74Stu 74 Posts: 463
    North Wales has the following man made trails East to West.....

    Llandegla (near Wrexham)
    Penmachno (near Betws Y Coed)
    Marin (near Betws Y Coed)
    ClimachX (near Machynlleth)
    Coed Y Brenin (near Dolgellau)

    All definitely worth a visit (must confess not done the ClimachX yet but I'm reliably informed its dam good fun :) )

    If you fancy something different you could tackle Snowdon too :P

    Betws Y Coed would be a good and central location to stay as it is within 45 minutes of all the above,

  • P-JayP-Jay Posts: 1,478
    Personally I think CYB both sucks and blows. Spent a weekend there in 2007 and remember it being really good, went back last summer and it was rubbish (go figure) there's very little flow on the descents, just as you get upto speed there always seems to be a 90 degree plus low speed turn and most trails involve the same climb twice.

    Climachx is really good though, mostly for the final descent. Because it's really quiet and has a network of access roads you can run your own shuttles and do the descent over and over if you like.


    You can spend a couple of days hitting the 4 trails at Afan (5 if you count W2, but it's really just a bit of Whites with a bit of the Wall), then a spend a day at Brecfa just down the motorway, 2 trails there both awesome and the black is a technical killer that tests every MTB skill in the book. A day a Cwmcarn, there's an excellent xc trail there with all the flow and speed you'd ever want, a short freeride section and a really good DH track, not to mention an uplift.
  • sorry for the late reply i have been having trouble with my net

    cheers for the advice ill probably be booking something this week so ill let you know how i get on
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