Coed Y Brenin, the spiritual heart of trail centre riding in the UK. The first public trail centre in the land and home to some great trails. It had been somewhere I’d wanted to visit for a little while, but seeing the BIKE channel visit as part of their Mountain Bike Adventures series made me want to go even more.

So when Si, Dec and G started messaging me about a potential social ride there I think it’s fair to say I was keen. The original plan was for a gathering of anyone who wanted to join on the 19th of February, and rip up some trails. The message went out on Twitter using the #BreninMeetup tag and interest from a few people started to arrive. Otherwise, there was fairly little planning. Some discussion went into the choice of route, but it was pretty much open to change right until we put feet on pedals and headed out.

For me, the journey was around the three and a half hour mark. So a day trip was out of the question – instead a I’d have to make a weekend of it. Luckily, I wasn’t the only one. Si agreed that two days riding are better than one, and so proceeded to book some accommodation. February, and the sporadic weather, meant that we didn’t really favour the idea of camping so the promise of a caravan for the weekend was welcome. Fortunately, Si was well ahead of the organising and booked us in at Cae Gwyn, a brilliant little site just a couple of miles down the road from the trails at Coed Y Brenin. Easy to find (thanks, Sat Nav) and a well organised little site.

Although the caravan didn’t look up to much when we arrived, it was plenty warm enough and meant that we had somewhere to dump the bags before getting on the bikes and heading up the road to the trails. The little cut-through we were recommended by the owners of the campsite brought us out on a rocky descent into the skills area, and a little look around to find the visitor centre meant it was time for lunch.