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Llandegla Forest - Cycle1st Trail Reviews
Coed Llandegla Forest North Wales
Ridden & Reviewed by Cycle1st
Intermediate Route (
Red ) 18 km/11 miles
Intermediate Route ( Black ) 21 km/13 miles

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e rode the Red and New Black runs again….. to keep you updated.
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We returned again to the Forest to ride the much talked about Black Run.

The Black run is accessable from the red run, and is clearly sign posted and well worth doing, especially if you are a regular rider.

Some great new sections and a few extra surprises await first timers on the trail.

Enough about the updates, now on with the trail review....

Llandegla is located in North Eastern Wales, close to Wrexham and fairly near to conurbations like Chester, Liverpool, Manchester and not a vast distance from the Midlands.

The Visitors Centre / BIke Shop / Cafe

At the trail head is a new, purpose-built, visitor’s centre, with toilets and includes a good sized café. This café is spacious, even providing an area with comfortable couches and serves a variety of good food. We were astonished at the generous size of the food portions and the good value for money and can recommend a visit after your ride!

Next to the café and sharing the same building is the Oneplanet Adventure Mountain Bike shop, stocked with quality bikes, frames, accessories and components and providing a good MTB Hire service (Kona Hardtails). Both the café and shop are run by Ian Owen and Jim Gaffney.

There is a new classroom facility in the building also, which enables various courses to be run – from forestry education to Mountain Bike tuition and maintenance. The classroom will be available for all types of groups from schools to corporate team building days.

Llandegla Forest - Cycle1st Trail Reviews

For this review we are concentrating on the Intermediate & Advanced Route
red and black route).

This is an interesting trail. It has been designed thoughtfully to maintain flow throughout the descending sections, even the black run. The designers and builders have avoided the temptation to create very technically slow sections but they have ensured enough technical interest to keep you on your “toes” throughout and to maintain that all important pace that is so enjoyable.

There are tricky rocky/muddy areas as well as fast jumps, tight switchbacks and banked curves. Initially, we started from the Trailhead opposite the Visitors centre, and climbed a section of hairpin which takes the rider into the forest, mainly on fire road.

There is a progressive length of climbing deep into the forest which is deceptive because it doesn’t seem as if you are on a hard climb due to the way the trail is carved through thick wooded flanks.
Coed Llandegla

Llandegla Forest is one of the best MTB trails in our opinion and offers something for everyone depending on your ability on the bike.

The Trails are as follows...

1) Family Route (blue) 4 km/2.5 miles long

2) Beginner Route (green) 12 Km/7.5 miles

3) Intermediate Route (red) 18 km/11 miles

4) Serious MTBer Route (black) 21km/13 miles

Bikes for Hire

* Kona Hardtail bike hire ( shown above )
available from the Visitor’s
Centre shop is £15 half day and £19 all day.

£3.00 per helmet ( must be worn at all times)

To reserve a bike call 01978 751656
and ask to be put through to the shop.

The Welsh Countryside at its best awaits you.
( Photo taken from bridge at top of old black run kicker )

The fire road is not boring like some as it is quite rough in places and meanders around heavily wooded areas.

Ste on the first climb from the Car Park.

From this we reached an elevated section and into an open area of felled wood (remember this is a working forest) and onto some good fast single track finishing with a fast left-to-right berm.

Be careful at this first berm because at the bottom is a wooden chicane which we came upon at speed. This sets the pattern for when the trail crosses a fire road as there are chicanes to slow you down for safety reasons. Onward and the trail provides some excellent and quick single track with wide and narrow banked curves and sections passing through wooded areas.

The trail boasts many small back to back jumps and some very fine banked switchbacks, nearly on a par with the end of the black run at the cli-machx, Machynlleth and sure to bring a smile to your face.

This extends further and with a few more climbs and excellent single track the trail proceeds with sharp switchbacks and breathtaking views.

Great Views of the Welsh Countryside.

Twice the trail crosses Offa’s Dyke Path before it reaches the Black run.
Look for the Black Run sign on the left just after the above section picture.
The Black Run is a long section full of thrills, surprises and technical fast sections that will leave you exhilarated.

It crossed the Red Run again where a fork in a fire road tempts you right but our advice is go left and stay on the Black Run for more thrills...

You will eventally rejoin the Red Trail at the point where you can still do the original short 1Km Black Loop later on, again worth doing.

There are several area of raised “North Shore” type track, that is where you ride on a narrow man-made platform of wood. The first of these wooden sections consists of flat plank wood and although it is level and smooth it affords a reasonable level of grip even when wet.

The Logs

This section is proper North Shore trail. It consists of half logs set close together but deliberately in an undulating way. It has small drop-offs too as it meanders up and then down and is laced with chicken wire for better grip.

In wet conditions this section can be slippery and quite tricky, so too much speed will have you off when trying to corner.

From here the riding is not just exhilarating but also scenic, with some superb views across the valley as the trail hugs the hill side and then sweeps around the reservoir before the final fast and sweeping descent back to the Visitor’s Centre via another fast drop off, where several sweeping banked sections have been added after the bridge in the final few meters, just to keep you on your toes.

All told a fast and flowing trail that will bring a smile to the face of all but the dedicated downhiller. The new black run section improves an already great trail.

Final Drop to Visitors Centre

The final decent back to the visitors centre is great fun but take
care not to overcook the last banked berm!
Post 42
Post 42 ( Red Run ) is where you can turn right,
then right again off the official Llandegla Trail to
Offa's Dyke and beyond!

Sweeping bankings are a feature of this trail

1st section gives a taster of what's to come.

Chris tackles the Black Run.

Neil on the Northshore and Rob in the Trees

Kev on the Final Logs Section
Not for the faint hearted and can be slippy.

Greg climbs the final scenic bit.

Map of surrounding area.Map
How to get there:

Coed Llandegla Forest is located on the A525, 7 miles west of Wrexham. From Chester take the A483 south from Chester towards Wrexham then take the A525 west, signed Ruthin. Coed Llandegla Forest is signed from the road.

Open every day except Christmas Day
Spring/Summer: 11.00am to dusk
Autumn/Winter: 10.00am to 6.00pm
Tel: 01978 751656 Email:
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