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North-East Wales' Secret MTB Paradise — The Triban Trail

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North-East Wales' Secret MTB Paradise — The Triban Trail

Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore

3

Tours

15:35 h

111 mi

11,450 ft

The Triban Trail is a 110 mile (178 km) mountain biking loop from Ruthin in Denbighshire, North-East Wales, linking the Clwydian Range, the trail centre of Llandegla, and the beautiful Llyn Brenig reservoir. A network of moorland trails, field tracks, trail centre singletrack, fire road climbs and quiet back lanes await on this three-stage adventure through some of the lesser explored rural landscapes of North Wales.

I’d definitely recommend a mountain bike for this challenge. A hardtail would probably be the perfect compromise between some suspension for the more technical parts of the route, including the red-rated trails in Llandegla trail centre, and more pedalling-friendly for the linking lanes and bridleways. If you’re happier on a rigid or full suspension mountain bike these will also be okay, but more compromised on some sections than others.

If you’re tackling the Triban Trail as a three-day adventure, you’ll need to think about where you’ll overnight between stages. There are a number of campsites and some guest houses in the area, as well as much more selection in Ruthin. It’s well worth booking in advance, especially during the busier summer months.

The best time of year to ride the Triban Trail is springtime and autumn, when you’ll be more likely to experience good weather while avoiding the busier summer holiday months. In the winter you’ll probably find that some of the linking bridleways and field trails can be pretty boggy, even though a lot of the trail is on well-draining hardpack.

There are no train links to Ruthin at the start and finish, so if you’re travelling by train the closest station is at Penyffordd, a 13.2 mile (21.2 km) road ride away. It may be more convenient to travel by car, where you can leave your vehicle in Ruthin town for a few days and return to it at the end. There are plenty of free on-street parking options out of the town centre.

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The Triban Trail

109 mi

11,350 ft

11,350 ft

Last updated: November 10, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Stage 1: Ruthin to Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr — The Triban Trail

    Difficult
    05:07
    37.0 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,550 ft
    2,900 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Triban Trail is a 37 mile (59.5 km) ride from the lively town of Ruthin to the tiny village of Pentre-llyn-cymmer. Each of the three stages features a focal point, and on this stage you’ll ride around the beautiful Llyn Brenig, an important reservoir that feeds North-East Wales

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  • Difficult
    04:56
    35.6 mi
    7.2 mph
    3,350 ft
    3,375 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The second day is a journey to the brilliant Llandegla mountain biking trail centre, to the east of the Triban Trail triangle. You’ll ride a total of 35.5 miles (57.2 km), including a lap of Llandegla on the red and blue trails!

    

    After climbing on lanes and gravel roads past the summit of Mwdwl-Eithin

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  • Difficult
    05:32
    38.0 mi
    6.9 mph
    4,550 ft
    5,200 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    The third and final stage of the Triban Trail takes you north to the Clwydian Range, a chain of hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and you’ll soon see why. Covering 38 miles (61.1 km), it’s the longest day by distance and a very lumpy one too, eventually bringing you back to your

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    111 mi
  • Duration
    15:35 h
  • Elevation
    11,450 ft

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