Honda Trail Bike Rides
Each year we organise a weekend of guided rides for owners of Honda CRF250Ls and Rallys, usually in June. Lunch is pre-booked, and riders are split into groups of up to six riders, based on their bikes and level of experience. The gentle route is suitable for riders with little or no offroad experience and tuition will be given if requested. The intermediate is suitable for riders with a reasonable amount of trail or offroad experience, and will include a few green lanes with some technical going, although most of the riding will not be strenous. The fast but riding responsibly group will include the more technical trails the area has to offer, so riders should be competent. We ride in the Dyfi Biosphere which is a Unesco designated area where biodiversity is celebrated and protected. Therefore, we conduct all our trail riding days with courtesy and consideration for the landowners, farmers, livestock and other users. This does not mean that we ride slowly – it just means that we ride in a way that is sustainable and leaves as little imprint as possible. Keep an eye on the Availability page for the 2020 date to be set when we can resume riding after lockdown.
In June and July, we organise a couple of rides which start later than usual, at about 11am. The ride covers a long distance and finishes at 7.30 to 8pm. A full Welsh breakfast will be provided in the morning before you go and an evening meal will be waiting for you at your return.
A few hotels are happy for us to meet you and ride from their premises. These are the Plas Dolguog Hotel, Penegoes, Machynlleth, SY20 8UJ Maenllwyd, Machynlleth, SY20 8EY, Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7DJ, Hafod Hotel, Devils Bridge, SY23 3JL, and George Borrow Hotel, Ponterwyd, SY23 3AD. We can also come to Tynrhyd Retreat, Devils Bridge, SY23 4QX.
If you travel and stay Friday evening, we will arrive at about 9.15am, but if you prefer to travel in the morning, we can arrange a later start. If we start later, we finish later. First person or group to book gets to choose!
The Machynlleth rides will have one day with some challenging routes and the other day a little easier. Routes from the Hafod or George Borrow are easier, and suitable for bigger bikes.
Fancy longer than a couple of days? Enjoy seeing new places? We have put together some great routes and contacted accommodation providers along the way. We will book the accommodation and take your overnight bags from place to place for you. Five day tours cover South, Mid and North Wales, while the four or three days tours encompass Mid and North Wales. We offer a choice of good quality hotel or guesthouse or cheaper bunkhouse accommodation. You can either use your own trail bike, or hire ours. A minimum of four people is required.
Trail Riding Holidays
If you would like to combine a couple of days’ trail riding with other activities, or with activities for partners and children, please enquire. Available nearby is the best Rally School for forestry driving and the Raptor Birds of Prey Experience. Not too far away are white water rafting, horse riding and pony trekking, mountain biking (with or without bike hire), the Centre for Alternative Technology, the Devils Bridge Steam Railway, The Silver Mountain Experience and plenty of walking!
Autumn Big Bike Rides
During September and October in 2017, we took a variety of big bikes on some challenging routes. Bikes were three BMW GS1200s, one Guzzi Stelvio NTX1200, Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, Triumph Explorer, Aprilia Pegaso, BMW F650GS and Yamaha TT600RE.
We saw some interesting things! These included low flying aircraft doing the "Mach loop", holes in the mountain where slate was mined, a Mosquito engine memorial to a World War 2 crash, and a pair of trainers sitting on a log pile in the middle of nowhere! We also saw plenty of beautiful woodland, burbling streams and white water rivers, with stunning views of the coast and estuaries.
Being Wales, we did have a few showers, and under the trees the roads were wet, muddy and full of debris from previous wind and rain. The gravel roads had puddles and a bit of surface mud caused some slides, but everyone managed to stay upright, I’m glad to say.
We rode a short part of the long distance road the Romans built through Wales, Sarn Helen. Much of it has disappeared now, but a few miles remains intact in the Coed y Brenin Forest. Skirting main roads as much as possible, we used a few extremely hilly minor tarmac roads around Barmouth and Dolgellau, before riding another ancient road which is called Ffordd Ddu, which translate as Black Road. It begins with a climb which is a little rougher than it used to be, and is quite a challenge on road tyres.
Ffordd Ddu ends by descending into the valley between Llanegryn and Abergynolwyn. On a wet day, a cup of tea and some cake at the Steam Railway’s café was very welcome, and they even let us park on the station. The ride home was all tarmac but we took a very pretty gated lane on the far side of Talyllyn which has an old fashioned ford. Everyone was safely through, albeit somewhat wet, but we were anyway!
If you ride an enduro bike
Although we do not cater for enduro bike riders, there are others in our area who do. Details