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There are plenty of opportunities within
the area for cycling at all levels of ability from waymarked routes, specially
designed mountain tracks and gentle valley rides. To the North of Corris and
the Braich we have the Coed
Y Brenin trails., To get there from Corris take A470 north to Dolgellau
at Mallwyd roundabout. From Dolgellau head north on A470, taking a right turn
for visitor centre after five miles.
To the South we have the Nant Y Arian trails
with the Kite feeding centre. The quickest route from Corris is South towards
Aberystwyth taking the A4159 at Bow street, then the A44 East to the nant
Y Arian Centre. For a more picturesque route, travel from Corris to Machynlleth.
Take the A489 East through Machynlleth to the Forge Road. Follow this ( Sustrans
Route 8 ) through stunning views and up to almost 2000 ft to Dylife. At the
the T Junction go right to Staylittle and on to Llyn Clywedog and eventually
Llanidloes wher you join the A44 West to Nant Y Arian.
Central to Corris is the Climachx, accessible
from the Braich Goch Doorstep. The Mach Routes are also very close. t's a
15km round trip, with 9km of built single track with compressions and whoops,
rock slab drop offs and some beautiful flowing turns.
The last descent is the longest in Wales and features rocky jumps; watch out
for the 'eye of the needle'; a huge jump with a narrow landing between two
trees on the other side.
The finale is a sequence of eight huge berms following quickly after each
other. Hit them high enough and fast enough and they ride really well, but
don't look down!
The Mach Routes
The original Mach 1-3 trails take you
as far out into the wilderness as you want to go on natural, but no less challenging
trails. Meanwhile the more recent cli-machx trail winds you high into Dyfi
forest before firing you down superbly technical singletrack descents that
seem to go on forever.
Nant Yr Arian
Nant yr Arian forest sits high on the
mountains just inland from Aberystwyth, and offers stunning high-level wilderness
riding. With trails heading out into the epic scenery of the Cambrian Mountains,
this is a fantastic area for those who like their riding rugged. Just be prepared
for everything from true mountain climbs to river crossings and technical
Coed Y Brenin
Coed-y-Brenin forest is home to an ever
increasing network of fantastic handbuilt all weather singletrack including
the 'Falseteeth' which incorporates the biggest feature in the forest, 'The
Cavity' drop in and get spat out over the exit with as much style as you can
muster! The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a
fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia that'll take your
The Sustrans Route 8 route passes through
the heart of Wales, and is also known by its Welsh name Lôn Las Cymru.
It is largely north-south from Holyhead to Cardiff or Chepstow, and in total
measures some 400 km (250 mi) in length. Some of its route follows the trackbed
of former railway lines, such as Lôn Las Menai, Lôn Eifion, the
Mawddach Trail and the Taff Trail; in other places, the route is on public
highways. A road bike with racing tyres would struggle on the former surfaces;
a hybrid or 'hard tail' mountain bike fitted with wide road tyres would be
a better choice.
The Mawddach trail must be one of the
best short cycle rides in Wales combining spectacular mountain and coastal
scenery and with a totally unspoilt estuary trail. Most people 'do' the justly
famous Mawddach Trail by cycling there and back from Dolgellau to Barmouth.
This ride adds a new dimension by cycling most of the outward leg on a quiet
mountain lane under the beetling crags of Cadair Idris, passing the lovely
Cregennen Lakes and offering a stunning view of the coast from on high. The
long 900 foot ascent is all in the first third of the ride and is never very
steep (except perhaps briefly just after the lakes) and is in any case interspersed
with more level sections.
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"Corris lies in the centre
of Outdoor Heaven and The Braich is in the centre of Corris"
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