Bike holidays in west Wales, Ceredigion
and Cardiganshire. The most notable
feature of the county of Ceredigion and indeed the west coast of Wales is
the crescent shaped coastline...the Bay of Cardigan. The trails featured
here are in the Rheidol Valley near the town of Aberystwyth that sits
near the centre of the crescent. Take a Mountain Bike break in Ceredigion.
Nant yr Arian Mountain Bike Trails :
There are three main mountain bike trails at Nant yr Arian all starting
from the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre close to the village of Ponterwyd.
The visitor centre is conveniently located just off the A44 in a beautiful
The three trails are : the Pendam Trail; the Summit Trail; and the Syfydrin
The Pendam Trail ;
Grade : Moderate
Distance : 6 miles, 9 km
Allow : 1 - 2 Hours
This is the easiest of the trails and combines short sections of the other
two trails. It gives you a taste of the beautiful scenery and fantastic
rides that are available. Although only six miles long and classed as moderate
the Pendam still offers some hard climbs and technically difficult sections.
Combined with the hill sections the route takes in the lakes of Llyn Blaen
melindwr, Llyn Syfydrin, and of course Llyn Pendam before returning to the
Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre.
The Summit Trail :
Grade : Difficult
Distance : 10 miles, 16 km
Allow : 1.5 - 3 Hours
As would be expected of a mountain bike trail bearing the name "the
Summit Trail" the trail offers fantastic views combined with awesome
riding on twisty single track. The route, classed as "difficult",
combines byways, bridle ways, and tracks that criss cross the mountain and
skirt the lakes of Llyn Rhosgoch, Llyn Blaenmelindwr, before returning to
the visitor centre.
The Syfydrin Trail :
Grade : Difficult
Distance : 22 miles, 35 km
Allow : 3 - 5 Hours
This is the daddy of the trails and includes sections of the Pendam and
Summit trails and some !
It takes you up into the lung bursting high hills and drops you down
into the wet river valleys, but all the while rewarding your efforts with
fantastic views and a superb ride. The 22 mile Syfydrin track demands that
you are well prepared however, with ample food, clothing, and spares. The
weather in Wales can be changeable to say the least so let someone know
where you are going and when you expect to return.
The route takes in the lakes of Llyn Blaenmelindwr, Llyn Syfydrin, skirts
Llyn Nant y Moch,
and travels a huge loop before returning to the visitor centre via Llyn
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