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Wales: MTB haven

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From the craggy peaks of Snowdonia to the lush green hills of the Brecon Beacons, Wales may not have soaring mountains, but its undulating landscape does have it all when it comes to mountain biking. As such, there are between 500km to 600km of purpose-built spectacular singletrack all across Wales, complete with all-weather trail centres, freeride hotspots, bike parks, and wild natural tracks. It’s definitely a hotspot for MTB riders.

There are plenty of Mountain Bike Centres all over Wales, with some of the most exciting collection of trails located in Snowdonia in the north, and around Brecon Beacons – accessible via either Cardiff or Swansea – in the south.

One of the most popular MTB centres lies in Afan Forest Park in Neath Valley near Swansea, which has over 130kms of trails across 64sq. km. of woodland clinging to the side of a steep, narrow valley. Your ride can vary from the 46km-long Skyline Trail, which features a 2km climb and hundreds of metres of highs and lows, to the Y Wal trail which is a swooping 24km mainly singletrack loop with epic views and breathtaking descents, to a couple of rookie trails in the heart of this playground.

The latest addition to Wales’ mountain biking scene is BikePark Wales, built in the heart of the South Wales Valleys, it offers challenging MTB trails for intermediate to pro-level riders, with over 28 descending trails organised in a similar manner to a ski resort etched across this 1,200 acre site.

For more on MTB in Wales, check out our latest issue!

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