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Red kites and berms galore — Bwlch Nant yr Arian MTB trails

Katherine Moore

Red kites and berms galore — Bwlch Nant yr Arian MTB trails

Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore

4

Tours

07:18 h

42.0 mi

5,000 ft

Known not only for its mountain bike trail network, but also for hiking, running and horse routes, plus red kite feeding, the Bwlch Nant yr Arian trail centre is managed by Natural Resources Wales and is located just inland of Aberystwyth in Mid Wales.

There are four clearly waymarked MTB trails at the centre, locally referred to as ‘Nant’. The red-rated Summit trail was built with support from Aberystwyth’s Summit Cycles shop, a good place to head if you need any spares or mechanical support.

The centre gives you options from beginner-friendly swooping flow blue trails to more technically challenging red loops, as well as a mega black-rated cross country route. The Syfydrin black trail not only takes in the purpose-built trail centre singletrack, but also some of the best nearby moorland doubletrack in the jaw-droppingly gorgeous and wild Mid Wales valleys. The skills park near the visitor centre is also a great place to warm up or practice your technique.

If you’re keen on wildlife, then Nant yr Arian holds even more treats in store for you. At the daily red kite feeding, you can witness hundreds of these magnificent birds of prey circling in the skies above before visiting the red kite hide.

The visitor centre boasts all the facilities you might expect and more, with a cafe and generous outside seating, toilets and a shop. The best way to access Bwlch Nant yr Arian is by car, where you can find parking charged by the hour (cards and contactless accepted), or you can buy an annual pass. If travelling by train, Aberystwyth is the closest station, an 11-mile (18 km) ride from the trail centre.

Thanks to the stony hand-built surface of the trails, they ride well all year round, although waterproof socks are recommended in the winter as there’ll probably be a fair few puddles about!

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    Melindwr blue trail — Bwlch Nant yr Arian MTB trails

    Intermediate
    00:35
    3.14 mi
    5.4 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    If you’re new to Nant yr Arian, it’s a good idea to warm up on the blue-rated Melindwr Trail, designed as a progression trail to allow riders to skill up on this route before tackling any harder sections.

    

    The trail totals three miles (5 km), starting from the car park and visitor centre where you can

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    11.0 mi
    5.4 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    There are two red-rated trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian: this Summit Trail sponsored by local bike shop Summit Cycles and also Pendam. Totalling 10.8 miles (17.6 km), you head north from the trail centre around Llyn Blaenmelindwr and then cover some trails on the hillside to the west before crossing back

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  • Intermediate
    01:10
    6.36 mi
    5.4 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The shorter of the two red-rated trails at Nant yr Arian, the Pendam trail should take around an hour to complete from the trail centre, or longer if you choose to go back and session some of the excellent trail sections en route!

    

    The Pendam trail largely follows the route of the Summit trail, but doesn

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    21.6 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    Strap in for a big ride with the Syfydrin trail, which not only takes in the trail centre singletrack of the Summit trail, but also winds up to the north onto the open hillsides through more remote territory in classic cross-country style. It’s rated as a black trail because of its length, rather than

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    42.0 mi
  • Duration
    07:18 h
  • Elevation
    5,000 ft

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