Trail Riding in beautiful Mid Wales
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, and the riding varies from easy to extremely technical. Most days include fording streams or rivers, and splashing through plenty of puddles. (After all, Wales does have a reputation for being wet!) 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.
We are based in the Cambrian Mountains and ride near Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Dolgellau, in the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere area. The Cambrian Mountains are 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, and have a good relationship with many of the farmers whose land we cross.
About Colin and Marianne
We moved from Seaford in Sussex to Wales in 1998. We were both trail riders and competed in enduros, including the Welsh Two Days. Colin rode a 250 Maico (remember them?) and I had a two Kawasakis: a KMX200 and a road registered VMC KX500 sidecar. In Wales we soon became members of the Hafren Dirt Bike Club, and Colin worked at the Yamaha Offroad Experience. We continued work with young people, but funding was difficult to obtain, and we began to offer adult days. Gradually the demand changed, and in 2004 we put some of the trail bikes on the road to offer trail riding. In 2006 this became a full time business.
Colin owns a Benelli Tornado Tre on which he does the occasional track day, and a Moto Guzzi 1200 Stelvio for everyday riding and touring. He is in the process of restoring a 1995 Moto Morini Kanguro trail bike, and still has his favourite enduro bike, a 2003 Husky WR250 from when MV Agusta owned Husqvarna.