Guided MTB & E-MTB North Wales Weekends 2024

Welcome to our guided mountain bike and e-bike weekends based in our beautiful, home region of North Wales! Join us for an unforgettable adventure on two wheels as we explore some of the most stunning trails in the UK.

Our expert guides will lead you through the heart of Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park, taking you on thrilling descents and challenging climbs. All levels of experience are accommodated. Whether a beginner or a seasoned rider, we have a weekend which is perfect for you.

 Our North Wales mountain bike weekends are aimed at those looking for a fantastic adventure in some stunning scenery. It’s not just about the trails, but also the opportunity to ride with like-minded folk and make memories which will last a lifetime!

What is included?

2 x days guided rides on perfectly curated routes. All guides are experienced, qualified, insured and hold first aid certificates but most importantly, are great company!

This is a guiding only trip so you will need to make your own accommodation / camping arrangements. The link below should give a useful start point. Please do get in touch if you need some help with best accommodation options.

Accommodation list | Visit Snowdonia

Introduction

Each day will begin with a meet-up at 09.30am and we will aim to have completed our ride by 4pm. We can then relax and re-live the day over a local, craft beer, coffee and cake or ice cream!

Example Itinerary (weather dependant)

Day 1: Saturday

20-27km, 600-800m ascent (approximately)  50km, 1200m ascent (approximately) E-Bike

Forest and lakes ride from Betws – y – Coed. We will explore some of the best natural bridleways and dip in and out of the Gwydir Mawr (formerly Marin) trail while soaking up the views of the highest peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia). We will finish the day with a refreshing river swim (optional of course) and a beer/coffee and pizza – you’ll have earned it!

Day 2: Sunday

18-23km, 5-700m ascent (approximately) 50km, 1200m ascent (approximately) E-Bike

Today we visit the amazing landscape of the Carneddau mountains overlooking the north coast beaches and the stunning Conwy castle. The area is scattered with ancient burial chambers and neolithic stone circles. It provides awesome trail riding, finishing down a long, rocky ridgeline down into Conwy and the pretty quay for a well-earned drink and snack at the famous Liverpool Arms pub or one of the many great cafes.

**See Guided Rides page for more details of the rides**

Cost:

£250 per person

A minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 7 are required for these weekend trips

 

Dates:

E-Bike Specific Weekends:

April 6th, 7th

May 25th, 26th

September 7th, 8th

Mixed Pedal Power & E-Bike Weekends:

April 20th, 21st

June 1st, 2nd

September 7th, 8th 

**Private group weekends on other dates can be arranged. Please get in touch to discuss bespoke trips.**

 

Where do we meet?

Our morning meeting places will be as follows (unless your guide advises otherwise):

Day 1. 09.30 The railway station carpark, Betws y Coed (café, bike shop, toilets)
Day 2. 09.30 Bodlondeb carpark, Conwy (toilets available on Conwy Quay)

Are these trips for me?

The weekends involve natural, mountain terrain, which in North Wales can be rocky and quite technical. You should be happy on all blue, and most red graded trails. **NOTE the women specific Intro Weekend will be on much gentler terrain, suitable for less experienced riders.** However, more importantly than this, you should be comfortable with getting off and walking any section that you don’t like the look of. 

Always ride within your comfort zone when in remote areas! Our guides can offer tips and advice to help get you through the most tech sections.

Who will be guiding us?

Your RideHigh MTB guides hold British Cycling L2 & L3 Leadership and MTB coaching qualifications. Kath is also a Mountain Leader and a member of the International Association of Mountain Bike Guides. All guides and coaches hold first aid certificates designed for outdoor professionals.

Includes:
2 x full days Guiding
£180 per person
4 x riders minimum
7 x riders maximum

How to Book

Please use the button below to access our booking form
or email me: kath@ridehighmtb.co.uk
or contact me @ridehighmtb on Facebook or Instagram DM

Is this for me and other FAQs

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What if I am isolating or ill and can’t attend the weekend?

We strongly recommend you take out holiday insurance as we cannot refund due to illness / injury. We will however fill your place if we have a waiting list and, in that case, we will refund your booking cost. Please see T&Cs on the RideHigh MTB website.
Terms & Conditions – Ride High MTB

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What if the weather forecast is bad and I don’t want to ride in bad weather? Can I cancel?

Of course, you can cancel but we will not issue a refund. Please note that the weekend will go ahead despite any poor weather. There are many different ride options and locations which are more sheltered than others. We also recommend that participants bring warm and wet weather riding kit as this is Scotland after all!

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What is the riding like? Will my riding be up to it?

Weather permitting, the riding on these weekends will be mainly natural trails along with some technical riding on rocky terrain.

If you are happy riding a variety of red and black, trail centre trails and have ridden some off-piste then these weekend are suitable for you. Please note that the Introduction to Lake District Trails weekend is suitable for riders comfortable on blue/red trails.

There is also a fair amount of climbing involved as you'd expect in any mountainous region. Around 600-1000m of climbing (more for the E-Bike tours) and on the Helvellyn day though! We will be on-hand to offer coaching tips to help you build confidence with this style of riding.

We are used to introducing customers to challenging terrain, but you must be aware of your limits and not feel any pressure to ride any feature you are unsure of.

**Please get in touch to chat about this if you are at all concerned**

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How fit do I need to be?
We will be out on the bikes for a full day on Saturday and Sunday and a half day on Monday. So, you should be used to spending at least 4-6 hours in the saddle. * See itinerary for more detail* The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the weekend will be BUT please try not to worry, everyone climbs at their own pace and in my experience, on a weekend MTB course, riders are very happy to chat, take pictures and encourage each other on both climbs and descents.
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What riding kit/equipment do I need to bring?

A well-fitting helmet is a must. No helmet, no ride! A half shell/ full-face with detachable chin bar / lightweight, enduro style full-face is suitable. You are likely to overheat if you ride in a heavy, DH full-face helmet.

  • Gloves
  • Goggles / Glasses
  • Kneepads (elbow pads optional)
  • Body armour which you are comfortable pedalling in
  • Backpack / bumbag
  • Water bottle/camelback
  • Trail snacks/gels/bars/ trail mix
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Riding clothes for both warm and cold weather
  • Any component spares specific to your bike i.e. mech hanger, brake pads
  • Inner tube + any usual trailside fix kit

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What if I realise, I’ve bitten off more than I can chew?

Don’t panic… Anyone can have a bad day! Your guides are also qualified coaches and can offer top tips to help you. However, no-one should ever feel pressured to ride a feature they don't like the look of. Simply hopping off and walking bike down is often the best strategy.