The crown above Dyfi Forest, Cadair Idris was carved by glaciers in the last ice age and standing at 893m, sits towering over the landscape today. Welsh legend translates the names as the Chair of Idris, a giant who roamed the lands 1400 years ago. From a pyramid summit, you will gaze over crystal clear lakes and see the whole of the West Wales coast curve around you.
A real mountain
Today its rugged slopes are awash with scree with a legally ridable bridleway snaking right to the summit. Starting from the valley floor this is a big day out, but our expert local guides will help you on your way to the stunning peak. And there's more to reward you than just the view. An alpine-esque trail drops 800m, weaving through rocks and boulders before bursting into pasture land and trees. The longest descent in Mid Wales is sure to leave your arms pumping, and you wanting more.
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Away from the crowds
If you're into getting from A–B in the most stunning and peaceful scenery you're likely to find anywhere, mid Wales is for you. There are hundreds of kilometres of trials, tracks, climbs and grin-worthy descents to keep you entertained and pushing for more. Dave knows a huge amount of the routes around the Dyfi and beyond, so we can show you the very best of what there is to ride. The Dyfi has miles of high speed and tight technical terrain that's fast draining for year-round riding. Further afield there's the mighty Cadair Idris range. Or the stunning and remote uplands of Plynlimon (meaning "five peaks" in Welsh) the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains in Wales, and the highest point in mid Wales.
The Dyfi's demanding landscape, steep sided forested valleys and natural slate trials are just begging to be ridden aggressively. For more experienced riders, Enduro brings a more demanding edge to riding around here - steep and technical descents picking and winding though trees, roots, rocks and drops. And there's plenty of it for a marathon day in the saddle (or at least hanging off the back of it). To make the most of the terrain and riding, we'd recommend bringing a bigger travel, enduro-capable full suspension bike and run larger tougher tyres – the slatey surfaces can take their toll. The same goes for you, so we'd also suggest wearing pads, gloves and good helmet for maximum enjoyment.
If you need to hire kit or bikes, we've teamed up with Summit Cycles to provide the best equipment, servicing and 'breakdown' back-up in the area - just let us know what you're after, or if you'd like some guidance, and we can help sort it out.
The new breed of Cyclocross bikes, Gravel bikes and lightweight XC bikes are a scream around here. Litterly hundreds of kilometers of fast hardpacked slate trails with next to zero traffic. Ride all day in the peace and tranquility to see stunning scenery and explore jaw dropping trials just there to be ridden.
Wherever you ride around here there are views, natural and man-made marvels to stop you in your tracks, get a picture or stop for a breather, before setting off for yet more. Whatever your riding preference, we've got plenty of loops and all-day trails to give you a perfect weekend of exploring what this fantastic area has to offer - fast or slow.
Photo shoots, demo days and bike launches need a backdrop to showcase the best your product has to offer. As well as guiding, we can provide conference facilities, outside catering, shuttles and expert advice on the best terrain to exhibit your products in style. Please contact us to discuss your needs.