Mountain Biking at Penmachno

On my way home from Conwy at the weekend I stopped off at Penmachno for a ride around the trails there.

I hadn’t been here for over a year and had fond memories of it from last time so was looking forward to it. This was helped by the fact that it was a lovely day, sunny and cool and not too busy by the looks of the car park.

I was soon ready and heading off up the long hill at the start and then onto the singletrack. It all came back to me as I started making my way around the trail and each little bit reminded me of what was to come.

It really is a good trail, not as up and down as most Trail Centres, instead, after some climbing it tends to hug the contours of the hills with endless miles of single track. There are a few more climbs throughout and even the flat bit can feel a little uphill by the end of it, buit as far as cross-country trails go it is really good. It has a bit of everything, fire road climbs, technical climbs, flowing forest singletrack, rocky singletrack, open flowing anf rocky singeltrack, even some raises boardwalks across the top and a couple of nice descents towards the end.

Both loops come to a total of 18 miles, which took me 2 hours 12 minutes at a steady pace. All in all, it is definitely a trail to try if you haven’t already, and one I’ll be looking forward to visiting again, hopefully in the not too distant future.

Penmachno Topography

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Alan Cole

Alan is a Freelance Website Designer, Sports & Exercise Science Lab Technician and full time Dad & husband with far too many hobbies: Triathlete, Swimming, Cycling, Running, MTBing, Surfing, Windsurfing, SUPing, Gardening, Photography.... The list goes on.

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