Where We Ride
We are based near Llanidloes and use several different starting places. The route chosen depends on your trail riding experience (if any). We mainly ride in Ceredigion and Gwynedd, with a little in Powys. All our routes take you to some of the most unspoilt areas in Wales, with wonderful views. We see many birds including red kites and buzzards, and occasionally wildlife such as weasels, stoats, foxes, wild goats and deer, lots of sheep, but not many people!
For novices, and in winter, we usually start from near Ponterwyd, which is a village twelve miles inland from Aberystwyth on the A44. There is a good variety of green lanes without much tarmac in between, which gives us the flexibility to choose routes to suit different rates of progression and requirements. And there are good cafes so we have an enjoyable lunch stop!
For experienced riders and novices, we can meet near Machynlleth, where a trail riding friend allows us to use a private parking area. Again, we have a choice of routes, and if you are doing two days, we can go in different directions so you get a complete change of scenery for the second day. Sometimes we ride from our house near Llanidloes, usually when we are providing bed and breakfast as well as the trail riding.
In summer, we use some routes with longer stretches of tarmac, and sometimes organise extra long rides which carry on into the evening. In the winter, we tend to try and stay more compact, but there are some areas where there is no alternative to main roads for a few miles. Unless there has been a delay and time is getting on, we usually take minor tarmac roads instead of A and B roads.
We do not normally meet further south than Rhayader or further north than Dolgellau. A few hotels are happy for us to meet you and ride from their premises. These are the "Plas Dolguog Hotel", Penegoes, Machynlleth, "Maenllwyd", Machynlleth, "Bikers Retreat" and "George Borrow Hotel", Ponterwyd.