Guided trail riding for riders on their own bikes
01686 430522

Trail Riding on Your Own Bike

Our trail riding routes are mainly in Mid Wales and South Snowdonia and include several unique ancient roads. You can choose from one to five days; from a compact day with very little tarmac (good in winter) through to long routes with some challenging lanes. If you want one or two days, the towns of Machynlleth and Dolgellau are good bases as there are different routes to the north, west and east. If you are on your own, we match you with other riders who are compatible.

Although our area has great scenery and good variety, there are a lot of gates which need opening and closing (about 120 on a typical day.) There may also be some long stretches of tarmac road. We usually go to a cafe for lunch. When you book, we will ask you what type of route you prefer. Most of our routes pass petrol stations in conjunction with the lunch time stop. If you ride a bike with a range of less than 60 miles, please let us know so that we can make plans for your refuelling. If you are doing two or three days’ riding, we usually ride from different places so that the routes are varied.

New to Trail Riding?

For riders new to trail riding, you might like to join one of our Beginners’ Days which is cheaper for you! In fact, if you have joined the Trail Riders Fellowship, it may even be free of charge! (To join the TRF see their website. Please ask Marianne about dates you can join with no cost.) Our hints and tips page might be useful too.

We also offer a two or three day course which includes one or two days’ riding with the other day split between a maintenance and set up session in the garage, and an indoor session with information on how to find green lanes, the legalities and your rights if you encounter animosity, etc.

Specific Trail Riding Days

We hold exclusive days for specific groups, such as riders with adventure bikes or large trail bikes over 600cc. Where we go depends on whether the bike has dualsport or knobbly tyres. We also hold days for women riders and sidecars.

Enduro Bike Groups

We have had several bad experiences with riders who should be not be trail riding. If you want to book with us, please read all the information available, including our Terms and Conditions. The problems can begin before you even turn a wheel! We have a briefing, and if we observe riders showing no interest in this (such as facing away or fiddling with their bike) the day will end there. If you leave the car park with wheelies and lots of noise, the day will end before you get out of town. All routes from town start with at least five miles of tarmac, and some with fifteen.

If you want a challenging day without roadwork, please see the offroad page for details of competitive events and offroad riding in our area.

Booking as a Group

If you book as a group, we assume that you all know eachother! However, we have had a couple of occasions when that is not so. If this is the case, it is really important for the organiser to make sure that ALL participants read the information. We WILL stop the day without refund if any rider does not adhere to the Terms and Conditions.

Special Offers

Special rates and competitions are publicised in our newsletters. To subscribe, please let me know what bike you have. Thank you.



Your bike must not be excessively noisy. Many of the unsurfaced roads go through farms and beside rural dwellings, and to ensure continued use it is important that we are considerate. Trail bikes with standard silencers and most enduro bikes with standard exhausts and silencers are OK. If you want advice, please email or phone 01686 430522.

Maps on Ebay

It has been brought to our attention that maps of North Wales are being sold on Ebay, with a link to a website with a similar name to ours. We would like to make it clear that they are nothing to do with us. We only ride green lanes which can be proven to be legal.

Before booking, please see our Terms and Conditions. Thansk.

© Colin and Marianne Walford
Trail Rides Wales