Llandegla to Corwen: Llantysilio Mountain
Day two is a shorter day of riding, with less climbing than day 1. If you are doing the 5 day epic, and your legs are still working, why not take advantage of the world class mountain bike centre in Llandegla? A nice warm up on the trails will set you up for a day of adventure!
Get used to opening and closing gates along the middle part of this route which takes you out of the sleepy village of Llandegla and through some typical Welsh farmland before the climb onto Llantysilio. Although interrupted by field boundaries it’s a nice route giving views down through the Dee valley and once you’re over the mountain it’s a straight run into Corwen where you’ll find some nice places to eat and stay.
For a taster of what's ahead, watch Chris and Manu's Mountain Bike Adventure.
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Intermediate Total Distance: 30 Ride Time: 4 Hrskf0d
Trawsfynydd to Dolgellau, via Coed y Brenin
If you’re doing the ride as part of the Epic five days, this leg will be a real change of scenery. Big trees in a dense forest are easily navigated thanks to some fantastic man made trails. If you can, seek out the waterfalls near to the route.
Day 4, like day 2 is a shorter day of riding, so if you are looking to cram in as much time on the bike as possible, take some time to explore the trails at Coed y Brenin in a bit more detail!
Watch Chris and Manu’s five day adventure to find out what’s in store!
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Intermediate Total Distance: 31 Ride Time: 3 Hrskf0d
This intermediate ride from Cilcain provides you with spectacular scenery. The route takes in some steady climbing and interesting descents, but make sure you take timeout to enjoy the stunning views from both sides of the ridge with Snowdonia to the West and the Wirral to the East. This route also allows you the pleasure of skirting around the ancient iron age hill fort of Moel Arthur not once but twice!
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Intermediate Total Distance: 29 Ride Time: 3 Hrskf0dkf0d
This great route takes you on a tour of four of the most picturesque villages within the area, Graianrhyd, Eryrys, Maeshafn and Nercwys. providing you with plenty of opportunities for food stops, either at the many country pubs on route, or at one of the small family run village shops. The route encorporates some great singletrack descents, green lanes and forest trails. The loop around Graianrhyd can also be missed out, in order to avoid one of the most technical descents, making it suitable for less experienced riders. This is a great route for those who wish to take their time and enjoy the ever changing scenery.
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Beginner Total Distance: 42 Ride Time: 4 Hrskf0dkf0d
Please note the route is OPEN, but FORESTRY WORK is currently being undertaken in the area, managed by banksmen. This route although quite long is not too technical, making it ideal for those riders are fit but prefer the less technical routesl. The route takes you through Clocaenog Forest, famous for holding rounds of the RAC Rally, home of the rare Black Grouse and one of the few remaining strong holds of the Red Squirrel. Llyn Brenig is a vast man made lake and this route allows you to circumnavigate its entire shoreline, with the opportunity for a snack at the visitors centre, before bringing you over the dam wall itself for your return trip through the forest. A Great day ride and not one to be rushed.
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Advanced Total Distance: 37 Ride Time: 4 Hrskf0dkf0d
Published in MBR magazine's Killer Loop series, this fits the category perfectly. One for the enthusiast who recognizes the term no pain, no gain. The reward for your pain - A superb route that takes in plenty of climbs and descents with great views and breath taking terrain. MBR said of the route 'We named the series Killer Loops for a reason and this circuit lived up to its name on all accounts.' So how can you resist a challenge like that?
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Beginner Total Distance: 12 Ride Time: Hrskf0dkf0d
So you have a good level of fitness and you want to give mountain biking a go? This is a great route to try before embarking on the longer ‘Intermediate’ Route. It is still 12km in length, and there is a gradual climb up through the forest until it splits with the Intermediate Route at the top of the forest. Then comes the essence of what mountain biking is all about - you are rewarded for your uphill climb!
There is a great route to be enjoyed back to the Centre – which is mostly comprised of gradual downhills - but interspersed with a few gentle uphill sections, just to keep you on your toes! This route also has a selection of small humps and other features to add a degree of challenge! The route can be wet and muddy in places depending on the weather conditions.
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Intermediate Total Distance: 32 Ride Time: 3 Hrskf0dkf0d
This route really does highlight everything which makes the area of Mynnydd Hiraethog so fantastic. You will travel from the shore line of Llyn Brenig through forestry to the exposed moorland and back again. Make sure you allow plenty of time for stopping and just taking in the raw beauty of the area and the views of Snowdonia and the Clwydian Range. Then when you`re all done, what better way to finish than with a refreshing cup of tea at the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre.
Fitness/Skill: Moderate/Intermediate Total Distance: 34 Ride Time: 3.5 Hrskf0dkf0d
This superb intermediate ride takes you to the highest permissive point for mountain bikes on the Range at approx. 450m. Needless to say the views are breathtaking, so too are some of the climbs. From the peaceful trails of Clwyd forest to fantastic grassy descents within the Moel Famau Country Park this route really is not to be missed. Truly a route with a bit of everything.