Where We Ride

We are based in the Cambrian Mountains and ride near Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Dolgellau. We take you to some of the most unspoilt areas in Wales, with wonderful views. We see many birds including red kites and buzzards, and occasionally wildlife such as weasels, stoats, foxes, wild goats and deer, lots of sheep, but not many people!

We often start at Ponterwyd, which is a village twelve miles inland from Aberystwyth on the A44. This area is particularly good in winter as there are a good variety of green lanes without much tarmac in between, many of which are suitable for novices. And there are good cafes so we have an enjoyable lunch stop!

For experienced riders and novices, we can meet in or near Machynlleth, which is good for two days riding. We can go in different directions so you do not repeat any routes. In the summer we usually ride from our house. The most northerly meeting place is Dolgellau, and the most southern is Rhayader.

In summer, we use some routes with longer stretches of tarmac, and sometimes organise extra long rides which carry on into the evening. In the winter, we tend to try and stay more compact, but there are some areas where there is no alternative to main roads for a few miles. Unless there has been a delay and time is getting on, we usually take minor tarmac roads instead of A and B roads.

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.


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Trail Rides Wales