Nant yr Arian, Wales
Page Type: Trail
52.41331°N / 3.87268°W
Created/Edited: Aug 29, 2009 / Aug 29, 2009
Object ID: 271531
Page Score: 74.92%
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OverviewNant yr Arian is a multiuse centre situated in mid Wales about 10 miles from Aberystwyth towards Llangurig on the A44. The visitors centre is ideally placed within the stunning Welsh mountains where walking, mountain biking, horse riding etc are encouraged. Mountain bike trails are well marked and consists of three main trails, red, blue and orange. If you like climbing this is the place that you!!
Trail Description All the trails start from the visitors centre and are easily followed by well signed routes. Maps are provided free if needed.
The Red Trail - The Pendam Trail
This trail is 9k in length with 220m of climbing. It is a mixture of singletrack, minor roads and fire road.
The Blue Trail – The “Summit” Trail
This trail is 16k in length with 310m of climbing. You are taken along singletrack and out into open countryside on the double track. There is some interesting downhill singletrack called Mark of Zorro.
The Orange Trail – Llwybr Syfydrin
This trail is 35k in length and climbs 670m. There is a lot of double track and combines both red and blue routes with extra double track.
Getting ThereFrom Aberystwyth take the A40 out towards Llangurig. The signs are seen for the centre after about 10 miles on the left. There is plenty of parking and the well appointed visitors centre.
When to BikeRiding is throughout the year but winter may be more difficult. Check the weather forecast! However go prepared as Wales weather is notoriously wet! £1.50 payment is required for car parking.
OpinionThis centre could be so good but suffers from its situation. Most centres start at the bottom, you climb, you descend back to the centre. At Nant yr Arian you do a bit of climbing then descend and then a massive climb back to the centre. It's not a lot of fun finishing with such a big climb. Maybe I'm just a wimp but this place just doesn't do it for me. Looking at the route maps for the trails sums it all up. The red route has three smiley faces and four miserable ones! The blue route has nine smiley faces and ten miserable ones! A lot of climbing and not enough fun. I feel that the single track isn't brilliantly designed, doesn't really flow and there are only really two small good sections. If you really want good trail centres then Coed y Brenin and Betws Y Coed are far and away the ones to visit not to mention The 7 Stanes in Scotland. I suppose I'm spoilt having such good natural trails in The Peak District only 30 min from home!