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Guided mountain biking down a technical trail in Snowdonia

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Mountain Biking
North Wales

Riding high on some of the world's greatest trails

North Wales is one of the best locations in the world for mountain bike holidays. Twisting trails through forested slopes, rugged slate descents and home to the UK’s first ever mtb trail centre. It’s got pedigree.

7 Days April to October
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Tackle the mountainous terrain on two-wheels with a small group of like-minded adventurous souls. Our expert local guides will share with you some of the region’s best trails, swooping through switchbacks and tackling rocky descents head on. On this guided mountain bike holiday in North Wales, you’ll get a taste of some of the best trail centres around and experience the wildest landscapes few others can reach.

7 days, zero-hassle and all this included:

  • Bike tools to get your bike set-up and ready for adventure
  • Half day skills session to brush up on your core skills
  • Experience two of the UK’s best-rated trail centres
  • Explore the hidden wild trails of Snowdonia
  • 5 days of guided riding with a local, professional mtb instructor
  • 6 nights bed and breakfast 5* hostel accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches
  • All transport during your trip, including airport / train station transfers

Check out the full itinerary in the tab above!

And give this video a play for a taste of what to expect.

For adventurers who:

Are intermediate and experienced mountain bikers, confident riding red graded trails and capable of tackling some black grade trails.

Day 1

We’ll pick you up from Manchester airport at 1.00pm, or from Chester train station at 2.00pm if you’re arriving by train, to take you to your accommodation in Capel Curig.

Settle into your new home and get to know your riding buddies ahead of the first day’s riding together tomorrow.

You’ll be staying in a gorgeous 5* hostel with dormitory style bedrooms, each sleeping up to 6 guests. Voted one of the Top 100 Hostels in the World, it’s a traditional Welsh stone building, featuring slate floors, log burners and comfy sofas. It’s perfect for relaxing after a long day in the saddle. And for the summer months there’s an outdoor decking area with firepit. The hostel’s social areas are the perfect place to hang out with your new trail mates.

Within walking distance there are a couple of pubs serving homely food and an outdoor centre with a bar that serves food. Betws-Y-Coed is just 5 miles down the road, offering a number of bars, restaurants and cafes. Or if you fancy rustling up your own meal one night, the hostel has a large kitchen for guests to use.

The hostel and surrounding area is just perfect for a Welsh mountain bike holiday.

Day 2

We’ll collect you from your hostel around 8am and head to Coed Llandegla Forest for your first day on two wheels. If you’ve brought your own bike, you’ll have access to bike tools here so you can get yourself set up and ready for adventure.

If you’ve chosen to hire a bike from us, the guys in the bike shop will get you fitted out with your new ride.

Once everyone’s set up and had their fill of breakfast in the forest cafe, you’ll head into the forest with your guide to run through your bike skills. They’ll share tips to help refine your riding style so you can get the most out of the Welsh trails for maximum fun and safety. This session includes a review of core skills before testing them out in the purpose-built skills area and pump track.

After a break for lunch back at the bike centre cafe, head out on the forest trails with your local guide. You’ll tackle red and black graded trails (plus a few secret trails no-one else knows).

It’ll be a full day of mtb action, with an emphasis on getting you set to enjoy the wilder riding that’s yet to come.

 

Optional:

If you’ve brought your own bike but would like help getting it set up, simply book a set-up session. One of the experienced mechanics here will get your bike ready for the week ahead.
Cost: £20 per bike

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast at the little cafe next door, you’ll be hitting up the trails right from your hostel door. Today’s ride is a classic mountain route, taking you straight into big country. Stunning scenery, challenging trails, big mountain views and ancient trails. It’s a real taste of the wild.

You’ll be deep in the heart of epic Snowdonia for the whole day, pausing for a picnic lunch and a chance to catch your breath.

With challenging trails from the start, this is a Welsh classic and delivers a big day out!

Day 4

Today we’re taking you to the spiritual home of mtb in the UK, Coed Y Brenin (Welsh for King’s Forest). Since 1990, mountain bikers have been been making the pilgrimage to Coed Y Brenin. No mountain biking experience in Wales would be complete without hitting up these famous rocky trails.

Your guide will lead you along the very best of the man-made trails, including the classic, flowing Pink Heifer and the notorious Beginning of the End. And with the benefit of their local knowledge, you’ll get to ride some of the wild trails that criss-cross this ancient forest. Few people get to ride these, so you’ll have bragging rights on a unique experience in this mountain bike mecca.

Take advantage of the visitor centre cafe and treat yourself to a hearty lunch in between rides today.

Day 5

Bring out the big guns, it’s Snowdon day! Standing at 1,085m, this is your chance to take on the highest mountain in England and Wales. Getting up there can be brutal – it’s a big ride / push to the top, but it’s worth every moment. Summiting its peak reveals the most magnificent 360 degree views (on a clear day). Soak them up, instagram the proof you were stood on top of the world, then pick up your bike and blast all the way back down that beast!

It’s a spectacular descent all the way back down to the mountain village of Llanberis and a refreshing dip in Llyn Padarn.

It’s another classic Welsh adventure. You’ll have a grin on your face all day long and memories that last a lifetime.

Subject to good weather, it is possible to do this as a sunrise ride if the group prefer. The push up will be in the dark but your reward is Snowdonia’s spectacular wild landscape, revealed as you hit the summit at sunrise.

Day 6

For your final day of riding you’ll hit up more wild trails straight from your hostel door. Big mountain views and technical descents, there’s a massive choice of trails around Betws-y-Coed. Your guide will pick the trails best suited for your group and the weather on the day.

It’s the perfect end to a spectacular week of riding.

Day 7

Enjoy the final breakfast in your mountain home before packing away your kit and wheels. The bus will pick you up from the hostel at 8.30am, dropping off at Chester train station at 10.00am and at Manchester airport around 11.00am.

After an epic week together, it’ll be bear hugs all round with your new biking mates.

What's Included

  • Bike tools to get your bike set-up and ready for adventure
  • Half day skills session to brush up on your core skill
  • Experience two of the UK’s best-rated trail centres
  • Explore the hidden wild trails of Snowdonia
  • 5 days of guided riding with a local, professional mtb instructor
  • 6 nights bed and breakfast 5* hostel accommodation in a multi-bed shared room (private rooms can usually be accommodated if preferred – please enquire before booking)
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches
  • All transport during your trip, including Manchester airport / Chester train station transfers – for travel via Holyhead ferry port or elsewhere, please contact us

Supercharge your trip

    Even more ways to take your adventure to the next level! Simply make your selections at checkout when you book your trip online:

  • Bike set-up session – let an experienced mechanic set up your bike for the week ahead
  • Full suspension bike hire – if you don’t want to bring your own bike, we have Nukeproof Mega 275s or similar available to hire – simply book a bike when you go through the online checkout and we’ll be in touch to confirm what size you need
  • Olfi action camera hire, with helmet and chest mounts – one life, film it!
  • Private room – we can usually accommodate requests for your own room, please check with us before booking

What you need to bring

  • Suitable mountain bike (unless you select bike hire when you book with us) – full suspension is strongly advised
  • Suitable bike helmet and gloves – mandatory, you will not be allowed to ride without these
  • Body armour – optional, but adviseable for Snowdon
  • Suitable riding clothing, including baselayer and waterproof jacket
  • Hydration – bottles or backpack
  • Riding backpack – to carry spare layers / waterproofs, lunch, tools and spare tubes, mobile phone etc
  • Swimwear and travel towel – optional, if you want to swim in the lake after your epic Snowdon descent
  • Bring your biking legs!

What you need to know

  • You’ll be picked up from Manchester airport at 1.00pm so make sure you book a flight landing no later than 12.30pm
  • Collections from Chester train station will be at 2.00pm
  • Your return transfer will drop you off at Manchester airport around 11.00am, so you can book any flight departing after 1.00pm
  • Drop offs at Chester train station will be at 10.00am
  • We don’t believe in charging people more for exploring our world solo, so we’ll always match you up with a like-minded traveler to share with. You’ll be staying in a multi-bed room in Capel Curig, sharing with no more than 6 people. If you would prefer your own room we can usually accommodate that, though an extra charge would apply
  • This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people but no more than 6, to make sure you enjoy that small group feel
  • Please note, this trip may be rearranged or cancelled if fewer than 4 people are booked. We’ll let you know at least 30 days in advance

At Adventure Tours UK, we set out to create the kind of breaks people like us go wild for. People who get their thrills in the outdoors and want to care for it too. Who want to disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with nature. If you’re in search of adventure, you’ll find it with us.

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