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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking:  Crickhowell Mountain Biking Hub

Crickhowell is one of five hubs for the start of mountain bike routes in the Brecon beacons. Two rides start from the car park at the back of the tourist office in Crickhowell – this is about a 10 minute spin from our cottages.

Incidentally, the other hubs Talgarth, Tallybont, Sennybridge and Brecon can be reached by a short car journey. For "wild" rides (ie not Trail Centres) we like Tom Hutton's book Wales Mountain Biking:  http://www.trailguru.co.uk/wales-mountain-biking-book-review

If you fancy Trail Centres then we have plenty of good ones within striking distance. The map below combines the main "official" cross country routes with the trail centres and bike park. 

For Downhillers there are three permanent uplift sites within about 40 mins drive, including the new Bike Park Wales 1/2 hour away:   http://www.bikeparkwales.com

Bike Park Wales is more of a gravity park than a Trail Centre - great for skills development on big berms, tabletops and rock gardens.  Not really a sweet singletrack kind of place.  Our favourite trail there is Enter The Dragon - a superb DH track with a mix of old school Dragon DH knarly woods mixed with well sculpted 'bike park' stuff.   

We have created a map of local mountain bike trails to help you look at ideas:

(Click on map to launch Google Maps, drill into each one to see links to each site/trail details)

Link to Map of Trails

 

 

The Trail Centres are all great for year-round all weather type use. Personal favourites amoungst the trail centres are:

Cwm Rhaeadr:  1 Hour away (but a beautiful drive).  You will feel deep in the Welsh country side here.  3/4 of the climb is best described as 'chatty' - Its a wide hardpack and a fairly gentle climb with good views opening towards the top, a good time for being sociable riding three abreast.  At the top of the hardpack is a bench overlooking the waterfalls.  Then it's all single track. The decent is flowy and playful.  When you get to the bottom you will be itching to do it again...   or if you're on a relaxed outing then head to the lovely Neuadd Fawr Arms pub and restaraunt in Cilycwm - a pretty special little pub with great food.

Afan/Glyngorwg:  All great trails here, but we typically find ourselves riding Whites Level because it starts from the best cafe (the Drop Off Cafe), the climb is really fun and the whole trail is 95% singletrack. When you are back at the cafe after the ride you can soak up the mountain bike vibe and enjoy some good food.

Cwm Carn:  The original cross country trail here is a real classic and has a much more technical climb than most trail centres. How far can you get without dabbing?  The final decent is mind blowingly good.  The cafe here is so-so...   very sausage, beans and chips oriented which can be ok depending on your mood.    

Forest of Dean:  Lots of flowy stuff here and we've heard good reports on the newly extended Freeminers trail (extended for a recent Enduro race)

Nant-yr-Arian:  The longest drive on our map, but is spectacular single track with a bit of farmland cross-country mixed in. Probably the most beautiful of the trail centres in terms of lanscapes.  Nice trail centre building and cafe too.  

 

 

 

 

 

 



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