Cae Madog Barn Activity Holidays & Mountain Bike Holidays Mid Wales

Cae Madog Barn is an ideal mountain biking centre in Wales. We can provide a secure lock-up facility and a bike washing area.

Some of the best mountain biking in the United Kingdom is virtually on our doorstep...

Coed-y-Brenin (Welsh for King's Wood) is a forest in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales near Dolgellau, which is about 40 minutes drive from the barn. It has mountain bike courses for all levels, ranging from green to black in severity, including the infamous ‘Beast of Brenin’ – 38km of exhilarating, skill-stretching intensity.

If you want to stay closer to home and still get the thrills (but hopefully, not the spills!), Machynlleth has some gnarly trails. http://www.mbwales.com calls Mach 3 ‘the route daddy, taking you way out into the wilderness'. Mach 1-3 trails take you out on challenging natural trails while the more recent cli-machx trail winds you high into the Dyfi forest before firing you down superbly technical single track descents that seem to go on forever. Check out http://www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk. The Holey Trail bike shop in Machynlleth‎ has maps of specific recommended and cross-country routes in the area. Machynlleth is 20 minutes from the barn.

Nant-yr-Arian forest sits high on the mountains just inland from Aberystwyth (half an hour from the barn) and offers stunning high-level wilderness riding. With trails heading out into the epic scenery of the Cambrian Mountains, this is a fantastic area for those who like their riding rugged. Just be prepared for everything from true mountain climbs to river crossings and technical rocky descents.

The Hafren Forest, sitting in 40 sq kilometres of stunning scenery only 15 minutes from the door, is threaded with bike trails through the forest – many of them leading you to high viewpoints looking down across the tranquil beauty of Clywedog reservoir. Road bikers can take the 18 mile circular trail around the reservoir, stopping off to visit the Severn break-its-neck waterfall and the abandoned lead mines.

Walkers and hikers too can enjoy the Hafren Forest; with a number of walks of varying length, ranging from easy going board walks to riverside trails, there is something for everyone. The walks offer fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, and get you up close to some of the brilliant waterfalls in the area.
The Hafren Forest is also a great place for picnics and horse riding, with its excellent bridleways.

The highest point of mid Wales is Pen Pumlumon Fawr (Plynlimon)at 752 metres (2,467 ft), . The principal land cover within the area (known as the 'Green Desert') contains nationally and internationally important habitats and species, such as dry and wet dwarf-shrub heathland, blanket bog, unimproved acid grassland and a number of small lakes. Folklore says there is a sleeping giant in Plynlimon.
Rallying in the Welsh mountains is a real adrenaline rush!
http://www.higginsrallyschool.com/ offer a variety of driving experiences, from 1:1 to corporate driving days, and is only a few miles down the road.