Red Ride 2018
Taking place on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, we are providing two days guided riding free of charge for TRF members who ride Honda CRF250 Ls. Please email or phone 0o1686 430522 to book.
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, which take place on the first Wednesday of the month from April to October. See below for a report from autumn 2017.
Several hotels work with us: "Plas Dolguog Hotel", Penegoes, Machynlleth, "Maenllwyd", Machynlleth, "Bikers Retreat" and "George Borrow Hotel" 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! All four places we use can provide secure parking for your bike overnight.
The Machynlleth rides will have one day with some challenging routes and the other day a little easier. The George Borrow weekend is easier, and is 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 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 Mine 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 interesting 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.