At Coed Llandegla Forest, the largest privately owned mountain bike centre in Wales, the UK's first Trail Centre Pump Track has opened to riders.
Owned by UPM Tilhill and operated by Oneplanet Adventure the track has been funded by the car parking fees at Llandegla, UPM Tilhill and a grant from the Forestry Commission through the Better Woodlands for Wales grant scheme.
Flowing through the trees the Pump Track has a great natural feel. It has also been constructed with the North Wales weather in mind and it drains to provide an all year round facility.
Tried and tested by local riders the Pump Track has two 75m loops. The track's features offer a mellow ride for a wide range of abilities and more experienced riders will enjoy the transition in to a harder 'backside' loop which will only flow if you can make the 6ft gap in to it's first berm!
For up to date opening info check on www.coedllandegla.com
The track is only 200m from the award winning Oneplanet cafe in the Visitor Centre too, so no drama with dropping back for a quick brew and a slice of 'ma' Gaffney's cake when you're knackered!
This opening follows a summer of significant new trail building actiivty including10.5km of new singletrack. New routes will provide exciting new challenges for beginners and expert riders alike, as well as:
Skills Area: Which trail is for you? The new Coed Llandegla Forest 'Skills Area' offers a safe place to learn mountain bike techniques and build confidence before setting out on the trails. This area will also be used for mountain bike training courses run by the Centre operating company One Planet Adventure.
Coed Llandegla boasts a purpose-built, log cabin style visitor centre - an example of successful sustainable development - with a spacious café, shop, bike hire and repair, and meeting room facilities. Designed to complement the surrounding environment, the building is of a solid log construction using timber from certified and managed forests. The energy to heat the building and the water comes from a geothermal heat pump which has 2km of pipes buried in the ground, coupled with solar panels. There is also a rain-water collection system which provides water for the toilets and the bike jet wash.