Special Events and Unusual Days

At Easter 2019, we are holding some women only half day sessions, going from the Silver Mountain Experience, SY23 3AB. The price is £120 each, and includes tuition, use of Honda CRF250L and enduro type clothing. The morning session will meet at 9.15am, for riding from 10am to 1pm, and the afternoon session will be meeting at 1.30pm, for riding from 2 to 5pm, on Good Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd April (morning only). We are not offering riding on Easter Sunday, as I will be at the road race meeting at Tonfanau, near Tywyn, either as a competitor on my F2 sidecar, or as a marshal.

Two bikes are available for people under 5' 6" and two for riders who are taller, or are confident about riding a full-size CRF250L. A deposit of £40 will be required. Colin and Helen Steinhardt of Ride the Wild are leading rides for any women and their partners with their own trail or enduro bikes. I am sorry that on this occasion, we cannot provide hire bikes for men. Colin is riding all three days with a couple on their own XT350 and KLR650, going from Staylittle, near Hafren Bunkhouse, on Friday, Saturday and Monday, and would be happy to have other riders join this group. Do not be fooled by the bikes! It will be a normal trail riding day, as both are very competent riders! Days with Helen are yet to be decided. Price for riding with Helen and Colin will depend on numbers in their groups.

Within an hour of scenic riding, Hafren Bunkhouse offers accommodation, sleeping up to 21 people, in rooms with a maximum of 4 people sharing, £20 per person each night. Breakfast and evening meal can be provided for £5 and £10. Even if you prefer to stay elsewhere, you can join the evening meal.

Long weekend of trail and road riding

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7th, 8th and 9th June, we are holding morning and afternoon sessions trail riding sessions as part of a long weekend with accommodation at Tynrhyd, Devils Bridge, SY23 4QX. Bike and clothing are supplied and will be brought to Tynrhyd at 9.15am for the morning. We will return about 1.15pm, and the afternoon session will go at 2pm and be back about 6pm. If riders wish, a advanced rider is available to give training. Members of Aberystwyth MAG have expressed a willingness to act as guides, or you can just go exploring on your own. The area is outstanding with lots of little unclassified roads leading to the most scenic and remote locations - an absolute mecca for all types of motorcycling!

Adventure and Classic Bikes

We do trail riding days for riders of big bikes ranging from 600 singles such as Yamaha TT600RE and Honda XR through to KTM Adventures, BMW GSs, Honda Africa Twins, etc. We can provide "adventure riding days" which bridge the gap between road and trail riding, and are suitable for bikes fitted with dualsport tyres and people on pillion. Colin has a Moto Guzzi Stelvio to lead these days. Colin also has a Suzuki SP370 for leading classic trail rides, where we provide back up with our van in case ofbreakdown. He is restoring a Moto Morini Kanguro for classic rides of an easier nature.

Red Ride

This is the third year of the Red Ride for owners of Honda CRF250Ls and Rally's, and will be based in Dolgellau. It is organised by the Mid Wales Trail Riders Fellowship Group. Previously it was held at Easter, but due to lambing, for 2019 it has been moved to the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Weekend Getaways

A few hotels are happy for us to meet you and ride from their premises. These are the Plas Dolguog Hotel, Penegoes, Machynlleth, Maenllwyd, Machynlleth, Bikers Retreat, Dolgellau, Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llanbrynmair, Hafod Hotel, Devils Bridge, and George Borrow Hotel, Ponterwyd. 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. The Hafod or George Borrow weekend is easier, and is suitable for bigger bikes.

Trail Tours

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 or enduro bike, or hire one of ours. A minimum of four people is required.

Trail Riding Newsletters

If you would like to recieve our newsletter with special offers and competitions where you can win trail riding days or free accommodation, please email Marianne with information about whether you have your own bike (and what it is) or wish to use ours. If you are a woman rider, you might also like to be notified about our women’s days which are suitable for riders with their own bikes or those who wish to use ours. The days are not always exclusively women, although sometimes the men go riding separately with Colin.

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 a Rally School 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! We can provide information on events happening in the area, and if you wish, can book specific activities for you. Visit our Things To Do in Wales page for some ideas of activities and places to visit.

2017 Autumn Big Bike Rides

During September and October, 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.

© Colin and Marianne Walford
Trail Rides Wales