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Mountain Biking

Wow, there are so many options depending on your style preference.  

We ride trail centres, downhill parks, natural cross-country routes and a bit of gravel bike riding so are happy to offer advise if you like.  Below is an introduction to the main options, but bear in mind the more 'local' cross country rides aren't listed here (and there are some gorgeous ones).  We can brief you on the more secret ones when you are here.  

Mountain Biking Hubs

There are official mountain biking hubs with published routes at Crickhowell, Talgarth, Talybont, Sennybridge and Brecon.

We provide information on these.  "The Gap" is on most people's hit list but it's definitley worth considering others too.

Trail Centres

Afan, Cwm Carn, Forest of Dean, Halfway, Nant-y-Arian, Cwm Rhaeder, Brechfa, Coed Trallwym,  Elan Valley are all within reach. Each has it's own character and mostly are suitable for all weather use.  

Cwm Rhaeder is a favourite as a relatively gentle day out. It's just over an hour's drive through beautiful landscapes. It's not a busy place and trail is short but very high on fun factor so a second or third loop can be addictive.  It has a wide well graded climb for most of the way up, so it's very 'chatty' as you soak up the views and the decent is great fun.  It seems to have more decent than climb which would be rather unique if it was true !   There's a nice pub in the village and a good cafe in Llandovery.  There is also a network of walking trails if you have non-riding family members.


Downhill Parks

BMCC at Abergavenny has the best flow trails and jump lines in the UK.  The dirt there is unlike anywhere else in Wales, it's smooth like Whistler rather than the shale and stones that Welsh bike parks tend to have.  The farm setting, tractor uplift and family business feel and alround freindliness combined with great views make it feel pretty special.

Bike Park Wales is about 30 mins away and has a huge network of downhill trails.  Enter the Dragon is built on the old Dragon Downhill track and has a great mix of old school knarly woods mixed with sculpted features. BPW is the daddy of UK Downhill Bike Parks and has a big variety of trails.

Forest of Dean is about 50 minutes away and has an uplift service "FlyUp"and a number of downhill trails in addition to the cross country stuff.   It's good fun and low key. Has shop, cafe and bike wash.

Locals XC Routes

Our absolute favourite rides are around Sugarloaf, Mynydd Langorse and Crug Mawr where we've worked out the best routes and you can really enjoy the scenery at the same time as a mixture of singletracks, old woodlands, ridgeways on short grass and descents that make you want to press the reset button and do it again.

Bike hire is available at Bike & Hikes of Talybont and Drover Cycles of Hay on Wye.   Delivery to The Neuadd is possible.   

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