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 three days. For two or three days, the town of Machynlleth is a good base as there are different routes to the north, west and east. If you are on your own, we will try to match you with other riders who are compatible. If you want a mini holiday rather than just one day, from time to time we organise "place–to–place" rides with baggage transfer – please see our Special Events page or ask for dates when we can arrange this.
The bikes we provide for hiring are Honda CRF250Ls, and we welcome riders with their own Ls or Rallys joining our days. Ls are a little different to enduro bikes, and are great little bikes for the type of terrain we ride in.
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 below). Our hints and tips page might be useful too. We can supply information on how to find green lanes, the legalities and your rights if you encounter animosity, etc.
Special rates and competitions are publicised in our newsletters. To subscribe, please let me know what bike you have. Thank you.
Winter trail riding
If you book during December, January, February and March, it can be really cold! Consider that if a problem occurred at the farthest away point, you may find yourself riding 50 miles along main roads. You can never get it right in winter, as you will be cold on the tarmac road and hot on the technical going. But if you take a rucksack, you can carry an extra sweater and warm winter roadriding gloves, so that if there is a long stretch on tarmac, you can be a bit more comfortable. It is also worth having an enduro or adventure riding suit with trousers which go outside your boots because there will be puddles and stream crossings. If you wear motocross trousers which tuck in your boots, then the water runs down inside, although if you have waterproof socks that might not matter. There is nothing more miserable than being frozen to the bone, and every mile seems an eternity. In fact, it is dangerous as there is a real risk of hypothermia if you are wearing insufficient warm clothing.
Before booking, please see our Terms and Conditions. Thanks.
TRAIL RIDERS FELLOWSHIP
The TRF is the National, voluntary and non-competitive body formed in 1970 by people who enjoyed exploring ’green lanes’ by motorcycle. Our aim is to conserve our heritage of green lanes for everyone to enjoy. Trail riding is an ’active recreation’.
Visit www.trf.org.uk for more information.
The Mid Wales Group of the TRF organise a few events each year: The Santa Run on 8th and 9th December, 2018; The Mid Wales Meander and The Hafren Hunt, which will be on 31st August and 1st September 2019 and the Red Ride which is for owners of Honda CRF250Ls and Rallys only, on 4th and 5th May 2019, based in Dolgellau.
Download registration form for the Santa Run.