Where We Ride

We are based in the Cambrian Mountains and ride near Aberystwyth, Machynlleth and Dolgellau. Some of our routes are in the Dyfi Biosphere. We take you to 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! Trail riding is more than just about the riding – it is a great day out in the countryside.

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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. The most northerly meeting place is Dolgellau, and the most southern is Rhayader. In the summer we usually ride from our house.

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.

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Accommodation providers nearby are:

Hafren Forest Bunkhouse, Staylittle, SY19 7DB, 07871 740514, meals available, rooms sleep up to 4 people, not a dormitory sharing with other people! mrsh66@btinternet.com

Cwmbiga Farm, Staylittle, SY19 7DB, 01686 430615, self catering cottages mail@cwmbiga.co.uk

Wigwam glamping pods, SY19 7BU, (10 mins walk), 07712 564869, niameddins@icloud.com

The Old School House, Pennant, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7BL, (3 miles), 01650 521486 info@theoldschoolhousewales.co.uk

A few hotels are happy for us to meet you and ride from their premises. These are:

Maenllwyd B and B, Newtown Road, Machynlleth, SY20 8EY, 01654 702928

The White Lion Hotel, Heol Petrehedyn, Machynlleth, SY20 8DN, 01654 703455

Plas Dolguog Hotel, Penegoes, Machynlleth, SY20 8UJ, 01654 702244

Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7AA, 01650 521431

Wynnstay House B and B, Llanbrynmair, SY19 7DJ, 01650 521201, 07710 298 688

Tynrhyd Retreat, Devils Bridge, SY23 4QX, 01970 607913; more information: groups of 12 guests can book a house Pumlumon, Cambrian and the Farm House or smaller groups can book en-suite rooms. Facilities include games room, hot tub and a large secure shed for motorcycle parking. Contact Lynne Rees direct for small groups for one or two nights, and mention you are with Trail Rides Wales for a 10% discount.

Hafod Hotel, Devils Bridge, SY23 4QY 01970 890232

George Borrow Hotel, Ponterwyd, SY23 3AD, 01970 890230

Llwygwern Farm Campsite and Self Catering Cottages, 01654 702492, llwyngwernfarm@talk21.com


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Trail Rides Wales