Despite the growing number of bike parks and trail centres across the UK, there are still a number of relatively unknown trails that lie in the forests, just waiting to be shredded. Brechfa Forest, in West Wales is one of those secret treasures, and it’s one of my favourite places to ride as well.
Situated in West Wales, just north east of Carmarthen, Brechfa has a limited, but gnarly web of trails which showcase the true inner beauty of this forest. There are four trails to choose from, one of each grade: green – blue – red – black. This is one of the reasons that makes Brechfa a great trail destination because there really is something for everyone, including walkers.
For me, Brechfa invokes a warm nostalgic feel for being my first ever mountain bike experience. Many rides later, and I still feel the same excitement and buzz as I did on my first visit.
Unlike many trail centres and sites, Brechfa doesn’t have a café. No rental facilities, no workshop and no bustling hub of muddy riders. The forest plays host to a pure form of mountain biking, and its quiet hidden atmosphere provides an almost meditative ride not usually found elsewhere. It’s just you and your bike, what more could you need?