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The 10 best places to ride a mountain bike in Wales

Antur Stiniog

Antur Stiniog opened in 2012 and is located on one of the biggest slate mines in the World, just outside the historical mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Whilst it’s predominately a downhill trail centre there is also a jump area and pump track on site, and the centre also offers a café, showers, bike wash, uplift and bike hire. It is currently uplift only and on average it’s possible to get around 10 to 15 runs a day, if not more.

There are five trails on offer, graded from blue to black:

Jymapr – Blue – Not as steep as the other trails on offer, and slightly longer than the other tracks. Jymapr is smoother and easier with sweeping turns and flowly singletrack, it’s aimed at novice downhill riders, but it’s still good fun if you fancy a fast trail with some smaller features. New for 2014.
Wild Cart – Red – Great fun on a DH rig or AM bike – offers a range of jumps, berms and step downs from top to bottom.
Drafft – Red – A slightly less challenging trail than Wild Cart, great for those who want an introduction to more technical trails. All features are rollable with a mixture of berms, jumps and step downs.
Black Powder – Black – Black Powder shares the first 50m with Y Du before splitting off down the other side of the hill to big rock sections and jumps.
Y Du (The Black) – Black – The most challenging track at Antur. The first section starts you off with a fast flowy top section before a gnarly rock section into tight switchbacks and then jumps down the hill before reaching a rock roller and more jumps at the end. A challenge, but definitely worth it.

The first round of the 2014 British Downhill Series was held at Antur Stiniog and the video edit below from that race will give you a good idea of what to expect if you head there.

This is where you’ll find Antur Stiniog…

Post code for Sat Nav: LL41 3NB.

Uplift: £27.50 per person for the day.

Opening times: Thursday to Sunday all year round, Summer 10am – 4.15pm, October to March 10am – when it gets dark.

Bike Hire: £55 per day for DH Bikes / half day £30, £50 per day for All Mountain Bikes / half day £30.


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