Coed Llandegla is a privately owned forest with a great network of man made trails of varying difficulty. These range from the green route family run to the black route expert run with twisting singletrack, bermed switchbacks, jumps and a ramp! The routes are not technical, but fast and lots of fun. You know what you are going to get at Llandegla. A quality visitors centre provides good food and coffee, a bike shop for gear and a very pleasant environment. While MTB centres will not provide the real challenge of the big outdoors they non the less have their place and you're not going to meet a horse or a walker on the trail! This means you can go hell for leather!
Whats' more your money is well used and there are more trails being built. A skills area has just been completed near to the visitor's centre and a new section of Red trail is now also open.
The black run undoubtedly provides the most fun. The way is well signed and pretty well fool proof. The black run is 13 miles in total and starts from the visitors centre. There is a 2 mile climb to where the routes really start. The red route is the main one and the black sections loop off this. The first being a fast bermed singletrack leading to some serious table topped jumps. Those that way inclinded could spend some time "playing" on these.
The trail goes on through the woods across a wooden platform and round some switchbacks with spectacular views across the valley and over to Snowdonia. The next black section is the best. It starts just after the final scenic switchback where a sign offers serious warnings which are unnecessarily scary! Turn left into this and drop down on the twisty very fast singletrack. The small jumps and turns are brilliant. The final part of this section steepens and twists down to the fire road.
On the fire road you climb up to the junction for the next section with the long platform. (Instead of this a ride up the fire road keeping right will lead you back up to the previous black route for an action replay!)
The route is easy to follow and then drops down on the usual twists and turns and then back up.
Follow the signs back up and one more black run and head for the visitors centre. The last section of about 3 miles is a bit of a slog and the only real negative. This could be greatly improved with more loops off the main trail to make it more interesting.
All in all this is good ride if a little predictable. More technical sections would be great.
Off the M56 take junction 15 towards Chester on the M53 which turns into the A55. Follow the A55 for 5.6 miles and take the A83 towards Wrexham. Leave at the Ruthin junction and take the A525 through Coedpoeth heading towards Ruthin. Follow this for 3.6 miles and you will pass a small fishing lake on the right. Signs for the centre are in place and you turn left and back on yourself up a narrow lane to the centre. Buy a parking ticket from the machine!
When to Bike
This is an all weather centre and being ridable any time of the year. There is a visitors centre, bike shop, cafe and toilets. A £2.50 parking fee is required (for 3 hrs) which is very reasonable.
The cafe is brilliant with the best bacon and egg buttie (it's a big un!)I have ever had and at £3 you can't grumble. They won an award for it as well!! Proper coffee too.
Trail maps are available. Check out their website:- Coed y Llandegla which is full of info including trail maps and video clips.