Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons - Mountain Biking
The area of outstanding scenic beauty around the Elan Valley is perfect for mountain biking. There are endless miles of open hills surrounding the dams and reservoirs of the Elan Valley and two of the best downhill routes in Wales.
The border area around the Knighton and Kington is one of the finest in Wales for off-road biking, boasting 23 routes from four different starting points. With miles and miles of deserted moorlands and tracks through the Radnor Forest, this is a beautiful unspoilt area.
The Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre, a few miles south-west of Brecon itself, is the centre for the whole area and forms the starting point for 3 trails of varying difficulty.
The very first mountain bike centre in Britain was opened in Llanwrtyd Wells in 1985 and this tiny, exciting town is a superb base for biking with thousands of acres of forest and hillside right on the door step. A variety of marked trails are on offer. North of the town and surrounded by fabulous scenery, Coed Trallwm now has a small visitor centre, from where there are 3 graded trails throughout the forest and many wild bridleways.
A selection of trails in the Brechfa Forest, between Carmarthen and Llandovery. For families/novices there is the introductory Derwen Trail. The more adventurous Gorlech Trail includes three big climbs and descents over 19 km, whilst the complex Raven Trail is for proficient riders only.