Forestry riding with long steady climbs and exhilarating descents join challenging single track trails at Penmachno.
Grade: Moderate to hard
Time: 1hr (to join mountain bike trails)
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Leave the village from the station car park to cross the railway before turning left to climb sharply with terraced cottages to the right. Bear left to reach a gate that marks the start of forestry tracks heading away from the village. The first part of the route retains a consistent height above the beautiful Lledr Valley and as you progress you are offered spectacular views back towards the village and the surrounding mountains.Undulating terrain on broad forest tracks will predominantly drop you downhill until the junction with a minor lane. Cross the lane and begin climbing! Softwood forestry is replaced by deciduous forest planted on steep banks that rise above the Lledr valley. When you reach an adjoining forestry track resist the temptation to descend and turn right to climb some more! The route will eventually summit and as you continue towards Penmachno you can join the 11km Dolen Eryri trail (1-2hrs) or the 19km Dolen Machno loop (1.5-3hrs).
See www.penmachnobiketrails.org.uk for route maps.
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