Special Events and Unusual Days

The Late Run

Starting at 12 mid day, this ride will cover a longer distance than usual, and will finish about 8pm. A full English breakfast will be provided in the morning before you go, and an evening meal will be waiting for you at your return to the Silver Mountain Experience, SY23 3AB. Price, including these meals, is £47. If you wish to camp at Silver Mountain, it is £10 each tent, but please note there are no showers only toilets, as it is not a campsite. If you have a campervan or caravan, an overnight stay is £15. If you are able to have a holiday in Wales, you could marshal or visit the famous Welsh Two Days Enduro, which takes place on Thursday and Friday 27th and 28th June in Llandrindod Wells.

Red Ride

Twice yearly ride for owners of Honda trail bikes, primarily CRF250Ls and Rallys, also XRs, CRF230 and the new Honda Montesa Cota 4Ride. Lunch is pre-booked, and riders are split into groups of up to six riders, based on their bikes and level of experience. The gentle route is suitable for riders with little or no offroad experience and tuition will be given if requested. The intermediate is suitable for riders with a reasonable amount of trail or offroad experience, and will include some green lanes with some technical going. However, most of the riding will not be strenous. The fast (but not riding like twats) group will include the more technical trails the area has to offer, so riders should be competent. We ride in the Dyfi Biosphere which is a Unesco designated area where biodiversity is celebrated and protected. Therefore, we conduct all our trail riding days with courtesy and consideration for the landowners, farmers, livestock and other users. This does not mean that we ride slowly – it just means that we ride in a way that is sustainable and leaves as little imprint as possible. The next one is on 19th and 20th October, going from Staylittle. The fee of £60 for the two days includes a buffet lunch with hot or cold drink.

Weekend Getaways

A few hotels are happy for us to meet you and ride from their premises. These are the Plas Dolguog Hotel, Penegoes, Machynlleth, Maenllwyd, Machynlleth, Bikers Retreat, Dolgellau, Wynnstay Arms Hotel, Llanbrynmair, Hafod Hotel, Devils Bridge, and George Borrow Hotel, Ponterwyd. If you travel and stay Friday evening, we will arrive at about 9.15am, but if you prefer to travel in the morning, we can arrange a later start. If we start later, we finish later. First person or group to book gets to choose!

The Machynlleth rides will have one day with some challenging routes and the other day a little easier. The Hafod or George Borrow weekend is easier, and is suitable for bigger bikes.

Trail Tours

Fancy longer than a couple of days? Enjoy seeing new places? We have put together some great routes and contacted accommodation providers along the way. We will book the accommodation and take your overnight bags from place to place for you. Five day tours cover South, Mid and North Wales, while the four or three days tours encompass Mid and North Wales. We offer a choice of good quality hotel or guesthouse or cheaper bunkhouse accommodation. You can either use your own trail or enduro bike, or hire one of ours. A minimum of four people is required.

Trail Riding Newsletters

If you would like to recieve our newsletter with special offers and competitions where you can win trail riding days or free accommodation, please email Marianne with information about whether you have your own bike (and what it is) or wish to use ours. If you are a woman rider, you might also like to be notified about our women’s days which are suitable for riders with their own bikes or those who wish to use ours. The days are not always exclusively women, although sometimes the men go riding separately with Colin.

Trail Riding Holidays

If you would like to combine a couple of days’ trail riding with other activities, or with activities for partners and children, please enquire. Available nearby is a Rally School and the Raptor Birds of Prey Experience. Not too far away are white water rafting, horse riding and pony trekking, mountain biking (with or without bike hire), the Centre for Alternative Technology, the Devils Bridge Steam Railway, The Silver Mountain Experience and plenty of walking! We can provide information on events happening in the area, and if you wish, can book specific activities for you. Visit our Things To Do in Wales page for some ideas of activities and places to visit.

2017 Autumn Big Bike Rides

During September and October, we took a variety of big bikes on some challenging routes. Bikes were three BMW GS1200s, one Guzzi Stelvio NTX1200, Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin, Triumph Explorer, Aprilia Pegaso, BMW F650GS and Yamaha TT600RE.

We saw some interesting things! These included low flying aircraft doing the “Mach loop”, holes in the mountain where slate was mined, a Mosquito engine memorial to a World War 2 crash, and a pair of trainers sitting on a log pile in the middle of nowhere! We also saw plenty of beautiful woodland, burbling streams and white water rivers, with stunning views of the coast and estuaries.

Being Wales, we did have a few showers, and under the trees the roads were wet, muddy and full of debris from previous wind and rain. The gravel roads had puddles and a bit of surface mud caused some slides, but everyone managed to stay upright, I’m glad to say.

We rode a short part of the long distance road the Romans built through Wales, Sarn Helen. Much of it has disappeared now, but a few miles remains intact in the Coed y Brenin Forest.

Skirting main roads as much as possible, we used a few extremely hilly minor tarmac roads around Barmouth and Dolgellau, before riding another ancient road which is called Ffordd Ddu, which translate as Black Road. It begins with a climb which is a little rougher than it used to be, and is quite a challenge on road tyres.

Ffordd Ddu ends by descending into the valley between Llanegryn and Abergynolwyn. On a wet day, a cup of tea and some cake at the Steam Railway’s café was very welcome, and they even let us park on the station.

© Colin and Marianne Walford
Trail Rides Wales