With our first tour just over 4 weeks away we have been very busy finalising every detail to ensure that you can just turn up and enjoy a brilliant, hassle free weekend riding – The Wild Wales MTB Weekend.
Starting on Friday 26th April, guests will be free to turn up from 1pm at our first base, Penygawse Tearooms & Guest house, where Matt be available to meet you. Penygawse is well renowned for its exceptional Coffee, food and accommodation in its beautiful grade II listed building. Those able to arrive in the afternoon can enjoy complementary tea or coffee while the Tea Rooms are open, produced by a trained barista. In the evening a delicious 2-course meal will be served and will be followed by a quick welcome meeting. The rooms available are of exceptional standard, ensuring a great night sleep.
On Saturday morning following a breakfast of your choice we will aim to start the first day riding at 10am. A steady, relaxed pace will be the order of the day. After a few miles to warm up we heading into Halfway & Crychan forests, an area that is largely unknown but has some of the best Mountain Biking in Wales. Your guide, Matt knows the area better than anyone else and will show you everything from narrow tree lined singletrack to rockier trails and wide open vistas; it is an area you won’t forget.
You will be met at a natural crossing point of the route where lunch will be provided. With energy replenished we will head to the best view point of the day, with views reaching towards the Black Mountains and Pen-y-Fan. The effort to reach the viewpoint will be rewarded by perhaps the best descent of the day. At 2km long, a narrow, almost unknown trail snaking down a valley will have everyone grinning. Nearing the end of the ride there is one final descent before arriving at the small village of Rhandirmwyn in the upper Towy Valley and our accommodation for the night, The Royal Oak inn. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes and snacks will be provided and you luggage will be waiting for you in your rooms. More than just a village pub, this wonderful and friendly inn offers fantastic home made, locally sourced meals and it is famous for its real ales and real ciders, winning several CAMRA awards. Another 2-course evening meal will be provided ensuring you are suitably recovered and fueled for the following day.
On Sunday, with a slightly earlier 9am start we head into the wilds, taking in a very special, hidden (but legal!) descent before making our way to the Doethie Valley. Those who enjoy a challenge will revel in “The Cliff”, a fairly short but steep ramp that allows us to gain height very quickly. The Doethie Valley needs no introduction, famous for being the longest natural singletrack in Wales (or perhaps the UK). We will savor the trail, enjoying the the technical features and swooping singletrack along the way. After exiting the valley we can enjoy lunch and then head to Cwm Rhaeadr for a lap of what we think is the best man-made trail in Wales. At 7km long, with a gradual 3km fireroad climb followed by a 4km singletrack descent it is the perfect way to end the weekend.
The final short section back to Llandovery where you will be to enjoy another fantastic coffee at Penygawse before collecting your vehicle and heading away with great memories.
That is 2 nights accommodation, all meals included and 2 full days of guided riding for just £180 per person! The Wild Wales Weekend is available to book now, limited places available.