MOUNTAIN BIKING FOR ALL ABILITIES
Over the last 10 years, Coed Llandegla has become well known as the place to come for your mountain biking adrenaline fix in the UK.We have a range trails to suit all abilities, from the picturesque Green Trail around the reservoir to the airtime-tastic B-Line trail and plenty in between, if you like mountain biking, then we have trails that you will love! The carefully designed network of trails ensure that progression is simple and finding a trail that suits your ability and fitness will be easy.
A waymarked route of approximately 5km developed specifically with families in mind. The route avoids major climbs and technical sections, and concentrates on allowing families to experience off-road cycling in a fun and safe way. The surfaces encountered on this route are generally hard packed but there are sections which are loose, uneven or muddy at times. The route allows riders to ascend gently from the car park, through the forest and on to the reservoir, with its views of the Clwydian Range. After cycling around the reservoir, the route meanders back through the forest before the final descent which sweeps down to the Visitor Centre, providing you with an opportunity for a well earned cup of tea and piece of cake!
So you have a good level of fitness and you want to give mountain biking a go? This is a great route to try before embarking on the longer ‘Intermediate’ Route. It is still 12km in length, and there is a gradual climb up through the forest until it splits with the Intermediate Route at the top of the forest. Then comes the essence of what mountain biking is all about – you are rewarded for your uphill climb!
There is a great route to be enjoyed back to the Centre – which is mostly comprised of gradual downhills – but interspersed with a few gentle uphill sections, just to keep you on your toes! This route also has a selection of small humps and other features to add a degree of challenge! The route can be wet and muddy in places depending on the weather conditions.
If you are a proficient mountain biker with a high skill level then you must try this fantastic route. This trail shares the same gradual ascent through the forest with the ‘Beginner’ (blue) route. When it splits off at the top of the forest, the longer red route sends you on a series of more technical challenges, with unsurfaced singletrack and steep flowing sections of trail cutting through the more remote areas of the forest (see the Personal Safety Section).
This trail utilises huge unavoidable bermed switchbacks, whoops, water crossings, tabletops and boardwalk. As well as being a longer route there are also more uphill and downhill sections. A high level of fitness, stamina and experience is needed for this route.
There are a series of black runs (6km) which are accessible only from the Intermediate Route. Together, the red and black routes comprise of 21km of trail. The black runs are predominantly steeper downhill stretches and they have much more challenging technical features. These sections of trail are designed for mountain bikers who are used to physically demanding routes. They require the use of a good quality, well-serviced mountain bike. They contain long sections of steep, largely stable but unsurfaced trail and include unavoidable obstacles with large steps, gaps and drop-offs. Some timber structures have exposed edges and there are sections of steep, technically challenging climbs.
SKILLS AREA, PUMP TRACK & FREERIDE AREA
If you want to brush up on those skills, or want to make sure your skill levels match the grade of trail you decide to ride, then head for our purpose built Skills Area. Here you will find all the obstacles you are likely to find out on the trails in one concentrated area. There are jumps for all abilities, a series of graded drops, a section for cornering and a section of raised wooden trail (Northshore).
Our Pump track is a firm favourite with all visitors and is a great way to hone those skills to help improve flow out on the trail whilst having a blast at the same time.
Want to go big, then head for the Freeride area. This trail descends to the Visitor Centre with a series of large table top and double jumps, and large drops, this one is not for the faint hearted and will test the skills of the most experienced riders.
Find your own adventure, away from the tarmac
So, you fancy exploring the far reaches of the forest on foot? Then why not get those running shoes on and discover the delight of Trail Running at Oneplanet Adventure.
Oneplanet Adventure, in association with the Clwydian Range Runners have now developed a permanent, fully waymarked running route at Coed Llandegla forest. There are two 10km routes (red & blue) and although parts of them are the same they differ in terms of the experience and ability required of the runner.
Distance – 10 km/6.2 miles
Ascent – 354M
Descent – 323M
Suitable for… Runners in good health with basic off-road running skills.
Trail description… Contains sections of undulating track with uneven trail surface.
Distance – 10 km/6.2 miles
Ascent – 382M,
Descent – 353M
Suitable for… Proficient runners with good off road / trail running skills.
Trail description… Challenging climbs and tricky descents through wooded areas with uneven surfaces.
Care needs to be taken crossing the bridge over the Leete stream.
Short sections with steep climbs and descents, expect mud, roots and rocks. Off road ‘studded’ shoes advised.
Words - One Planet.