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Mountain Bike trails and holidays in Ceredigion & Cardiganshire West Wales

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Mountain Bike holidays in west Wales, Ceredigion and Cardiganshire. The most notable feature of the county of Ceredigion and indeed New! Click here for Mountain Bike Trails in Ceredigion West Walesthe west coast of Wales is the crescent shaped coastline...the Bay of Cardigan. The trails featured here are  in the Rheidol Valley near the town of Aberystwyth that sits near the centre of the crescent. Take a Mountain Bike break in Ceredigion.

Nant yr Arian Mountain Bike Trails :

There are three main mountain bike trails at Nant yr Arian all starting from the Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre close to the village of Ponterwyd. The visitor centre is conveniently located just off the A44 in a beautiful lakeside setting.
The three trails are : the Pendam Trail; the Summit Trail; and the Syfydrin Trail.

The Pendam Trail ;

Grade : Moderate

Distance : 6 miles, 9 km

Allow : 1 - 2 Hours

This is the easiest of the trails and combines short sections of the other two trails. It gives you a taste of the beautiful scenery and fantastic rides that are available. Although only six miles long and classed as moderate the Pendam still offers some hard climbs and technically difficult sections. Combined with the hill sections the route takes in the lakes of Llyn Blaen melindwr, Llyn Syfydrin, and of course Llyn Pendam before returning to the Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre.

The Summit Trail :

Grade : Difficult

Distance : 10 miles, 16 km

Allow : 1.5 - 3 Hours

As would be expected of a mountain bike trail bearing the name "the Summit Trail" the trail offers fantastic views combined with awesome riding on twisty single track. The route, classed as "difficult", combines byways, bridle ways, and tracks that criss cross the mountain and skirt the lakes of Llyn Rhosgoch, Llyn Blaenmelindwr, before returning to the visitor centre.

The Syfydrin Trail :

Grade : Difficult

Distance : 22 miles, 35 km

Allow : 3 - 5 Hours

This is the daddy of the trails and includes sections of the Pendam and Summit trails and some !
It takes you up into the lung bursting high hills and drops you down into the wet river valleys, but all the while rewarding your efforts with fantastic views and a superb ride. The 22 mile Syfydrin track demands that you are well prepared however, with ample food, clothing, and spares. The weather in Wales can be changeable to say the least so let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return.
The route takes in the lakes of Llyn Blaenmelindwr, Llyn Syfydrin, skirts Llyn Nant y Moch, and travels a huge loop before returning to the visitor centre via Llyn Pendam.

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The area around the Rheidol Valley offers more to the two wheeled fraternity than just mountain bike trails with dedicated cycle routes to be found lower down the valley. The cycle trail starts in the centre of Aberystwyth and leads through the lower Rheidol Valley as far as Devil's Bridge. But as is to be expected when Old Nicks involved there is a sting in the tail and as usual we have to pay for our simple pleasures, in this case with a very steep climb from the valley floor to Devil's Bridge.

For a mountain bike holiday in Ceredigion west Wales choose from this list of accommodation providers in Ponterwyd and Devil's Bridge, Ceredigion and vicinity. Please note the properties listed are not specifically offering Mountain Bike holidays.
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