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. Machynlleth Powys Wales
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Fantastic mountain bike routes for all abilities right from the town centre of Machynlleth and purpose built single track in the Dyfi forest to the North. The trails in this area are a good example of people power. Local mountain bikers and business people formed a community group known as Dyfi Mountain Biking, who aimed to publicise the great mountain biking in the area and boost tourist income. The group successfully fundraised to waymark the Mach 1, 2 and 3 routes on rights of way around Machynlleth, and then to build trails in the Dyfi forest. Mach 1 route : 16km (approx. 10 miles), gives you a taste of what is on offer and takes you South West out of Machynlleth, to the village of Derwenlas, returning via the Llyfnant Valley . There is a steep descent on the return route to Machynlleth. This trail is suitable for novices, allow between 1.5 to 2 hours. Mach 2 Trail This route, 24km (approx. 15 miles) takes you South East out of the town along the river Dulas and Glyndwr's Way, named after the Welsh leader Owain Glyndwr who led the Welsh rebellion in the C15th. There are some steep climbs in the forest and then the final descent back to Machynlleth as with Mach 1. This is an intermediate level trail. Allow between 2 to 2.5 hours. Mach 3 Trail : This route, 30km (approx. 19 miles) takes you South through the forest and then up onto the moors before returning along track and grass descents. There is an option en-route to take a shorter route or to take a spectacular cross country ride all the way to Nant yr Arian. The return leg is very steep and very rocky. This is an advanced level trail. Allow between 3 to 4 hours.
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