Trail Riding in Mid Wales
Motorcycle trail riding utilises the network of old roads which never received a tarmac surface. They can be grassy and muddy, gravelly and watery, rocky and very steep – anything a lightweight (and sometimes not so lightweight!) motorcycle can tackle. The hills are remote and unspoilt and the valleys pretty, with a variety of surfaces and features. Our days cover between 70 and 120 miles; you need to hold a motorcycle licence.
Trail riding with a hire bike
We provide "trail bikes" which are road legal motorcycles with offroad capability. Some of the green lanes we ride look more like footpaths with overhanging trees and a grassy surface, whereas others are extremely rough and rocky. Trail riding techniques are a mixture of trial and enduro skills, modified for long distance riding. If you are not familiar with this type of motorcycling, we start with a short tuition session. You will learn to ride steep hills up and down, deal with shale, rocks and boulders, and ride the dreaded ruts! We usually encounter water, both as puddles and fords to cross, although the drought this summer has made it much dryer than usual. Our trail riding is varied, our routes plentiful, and we will do our best to choose those which you will enjoy the most. See the drop down menus for dates and prices.
Trail riding is a challenge, an achievement, a load of fun, and takes you to the most scenic areas of Wales!
Trail riding if you have your bikes
We believe we have some of the best trail riding routes in Britain! However, if you are an enduro bike rider please bear in mind that you may be led by a rider on a trail bike. We have some routes suitable for big bikes such as GS1200, and occasionally do a day for classics which Colin leads on his SP370.
Trail riding in winter
Some riders consider winter best for trail riding! We take bookings throughout the year, but in December, January and February, they are provisional in case the weather is too cold. We do not ride if the forecast shows below freezing temperatures, as riding on ice is no fun (you are just waiting to fall off). We live at 300m, and if there is snow, we cannot usually get our van out. We will ride in snow, if you can come to us, or if the roads have been cleared.
For Christmas or birthday, you are welcome to download a pdf gift voucher free of charge which you can print yourself. If you want a voucher for someone who has their own trail or enduro bike, please download this one instead.
When the date has been decided, a deposit of £65 for one day"s riding or £70 for two days (bikes provided) will be required. If you wish to receive a printed gift voucher, these deposits will need to be paid at the time of ordering. Please email or phone Marianne on 01686 430522. The balance is due on the riding day. For riders with their own bikes, the full fee will need to be paid when the date is decided.
More about hiring bikes
Both Colin and Marianne ride and have been providing trail riding for ten years. We supply four 250cc bikes, a 125 for young and learner riders, and a 230 for riders with shorter legs. A set of enduro type clothing is included free of charge. 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. You might also consider waiting until spring or summer, as there is no doubt that the wet winter conditions do make it more of a challenge.
"Just a quick email to thank you, Colin and Lucie for an excellent couple of days trail riding. Thanks for your advice on what to wear, and especially taking the wet weather gear (things would have been very unpleasant without the waterproof overjackets). Obviously, also thanks to Colin for his expertise, advice at the right times; and knowledge of the trails. Everything exceeded our expectations and we all had a lot of fun in superbly relaxed circumstances. We could not believe we were out riding for so long each day! "
Kevin, James, Liam and Peter