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Rider on the scenic ancient road Sarn Helen

Rider on the scenic ancient road Sarn Helen

Rider on the scenic ancient road Sarn Helen

We use meeting places at Ponterwyd near Aberystwyth, Staylittle near Llanidloes, and Pantperthog near Machynlleth.

Trail Riding in Mid Wales

Our trail riding days use historical roads and byways with stone, gravel, rock, grass and mud surfaces. We provide "trail bikes" which are road legal motorcycles with offroad capability. Although the legal status of the routes we use is a road (you need a motorcycle licence), some look like footpaths with overhanging trees and grass under the wheels. A few routes are extremely rough and rocky, and riders new to trail riding are often surprised at how well they and the bikes cope! Riding techniques are a mixture of trial and enduro skills, modified for long distance riding. If you are not familiar with these techniques, we start with a short tuition session. As the day progresses, we tackle more tricky going and will give you hints for each new feature. We always encounter water, both as puddles if wet and as fords to cross. Our routes are varied and plentiful and we will do our best to choose those which you will enjoy the most.

Trail riding is a challenge, an achievement, a load of fun, and is doing you good!

Trail riding if you have your own road legal bikes

We are happy to guide trail and enduro bike riders, enduro and long distance sidecar outfits, and quads. All bikes need to be reasonably quiet, as noise is the main reason for complaints against trail riders. Later this year we plan to organise some trail riding weekends for riders with classic trail bikes, for which Colin will have a 1978 Suzuki SP370 or a Morini Kanguro for leading. We are always happy to organise rides for big trail bikes such as TT600REs, XT660s, Transalps, KTM Adventures and F800GS, with consideration of weather conditions and tyres fitted. Colin leads heavy bike trail rides for bikes such as BMW GS1200, Triumph Tigers, Guzzi Stelvios and Ducati Multistradas on dualsport tyres, using scenic routes with a few challenging bits!

If you book more than one day, we often suggest staying in the Machynlleth area as there are enough routes for two or three days with little repetition. We are lucky that the green lanes in Mid Wales and South Snowdonia are varied and scenic, so you and your group will have a fantastic time!

Trail riding using our hire bikes

Both Colin and Marianne ride and have been providing trail riding for ten years. We supply bikes to suit riders of different heights and experience from our range of Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki motorcycles, 125 to 600cc, and a set of enduro type clothing is included free of charge if required. You need to have a motorcycle licence, although we have a 125cc bike for riders with a provisional licence. 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.

© Colin and Marianne Walford 2016