Trail Riding with Colin and Marianne
Trail riding takes place on unclassified county roads and byways open to all traffic, often described as "green lanes". These are historic routes which did not receive a tarmac surface or where the tarmac has not been maintained. Surfaces are gravel, rock, grass and mud, often with puddles, and the riding varies from easy to extremely technical. Whenever possible, we use minor single track lanes instead of main roads to ride from one green road to another, but there are some places where there is no alternative to a few miles along a main road. We go high over mountain tracks with fantastic views, drop down into wooded valleys and ride beside the many lakes and reservoirs in the area. Your motorcycling skills will benefit, as no two routes are the same so you are constantly adjusting.
We are based in the Cambrian Mountains and ride near Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Dolgellau, in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere area. The Cambrian Mountains is the secret of Wales! As scenic as the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia but without the crowds and touristy prices it is a great place to visit. We ride close to the second and third highest mountains, which are Plynlimon and Cader Idris. We take you to the most unspoilt mountains and valleys 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. We do see lots of sheep, but not many people! Trail riding is more than just about the riding – it is a great day out in the countryside. We are responsible users of the countryside, and have a good relationship with many of the farmers whose land we cross.
We have been providing trail riding since 2004. We moved to Wales from Sussex in 1998 when we were both competing in enduros. We were qualified as ACU coaches and ran a charity which provided offroad motorcycling and maintenance classes for young people. We continued this when we came to Wales but, due to the rural location, charitable funding ceased, so we began taking adults in order to fund the work with young people. Gradually the demand by the Youth Service dried up, and we put our newest bikes on the road so that we could provide trail riding.
Special events and accommodation pages. Here is a slideshow about our riding days, and more aboutColin and Marianne and their daughter Lucie. If you are new to trail riding, our riders hints and tips might be useful.