I am sure there are better sections of trail – I know there are. Steeper, faster, more technical etc but The Italian Job is something special I think.
This was my second visit to Nant Yr Arian and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this trail centre. We rode the Summit trail which perfectly suited our needs to top off the weekend of riding in Snowdonia. Approx 2 hours of trail with some of the best purpose built singletrack you can ride.
Everyone talks about the Mark of Zorro (a seemingly never ending 2km descent zig zagging through the pines to the bottom of the hill), and High as a Kite (the final tree stump ridden exposed descent to the centre). Don’t get me wrong, these are both excellent trail sections – the entire trail is a great one actually – but the Italian Job is a real treat and here’s why.
Nant Yr Arian’s cafe and trail head is at 300m which makes it different to many that we are used to in South Wales for instance, where they are typically situated 200m lower. As you can see from the pic above (the view from the car park), this means you already have some height gained and Nant Yr Arian delivers you a cracking piece of singletrack and a great descent within 5 mins of the car park!
The Summit Trail as a whole is superb and yes Mark of Zorro is a real thrill but the Italian Job delivers smiles and grins straight away.
I need to go back for another go ASAP.
Here’s Mark of Zorro just for good measure!
For trail information call the Nant yr Arian visitor centre: 01970 890453
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Located 10 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44, two miles west of Ponterwyd.
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Grid Reference: SN718813