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We use meeting places at Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth, Staylittle near Llanidloes, and Pantperthog near Machynlleth.

Trail riders coming up a grassy lane in autumn

Trail Riding in Mid Wales

Trail riding is exploring the countryside on roads without a tarmac surface. We use "trail bikes" which are road legal motorcycles with offroad capability. The green lanes we ride vary from simple gravel tracks to extremely technical going. Riding techniques are a mixture of trial and enduro skills, modified for long distance riding. If you are not familiar with these techniques, we start with a short tuition session at the start of the day. As the day progresses, we tackle more tricky going and will give you hints for each new feature. We always encounter water, both as puddles if wet and as fords to cross.

Trail riding is a challenge, an achievement, a load of fun, and is doing you good!

One of the disadvantages of living in a rural area is that we are too far from the telephone exchange to receive broadband, so we have a satellite dish for our internet. Unfortunately it has broken and is obsolete, so we are awaiting new updated equipment to be installed. I am picking up emails at friends or at the library, so please accept my apologies if I am a little slow in getting back to you.

Trail riding if you have your own road legal bikes

Colin and Marianne offer more than a guiding service for trail riders! If you are new to trail riding, we offer tuition in techniques and can advise on how to find legal routes. In the case of breakdown or accident, if possible, we will assist you with recovery.

If you book more than one day using Machynlleth as a base to stay, there are enough routes for two or three days’ riding with little repetition of green lanes. We are lucky that the green lanes in Mid Wales and South Snowdonia are varied and scenic, so you and your group will have a fantastic time!

Trail riding using our hire bikes

We have been providing trail riding for ten years. We supply bikes to suit riders of different heights and experience from our range of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki motorcycles, 125 to 600cc, and a set of enduro type clothing is included free of charge if required. You need to have a motorcycle licence, although we have a 125cc bike for riders with a provisional licence. If you are new to motorcycle riding, or have not been on a bike for a few years, you might prefer to take part in our more gentle introductory trail ride. Please ask for the "easy" option.

Treat your friend or partner!

Gift vouchers are available for birthday or Christmas. Email or phone Marianne for details.

© Colin and Marianne Walford
Updated January 2016