Elan Valley Mountain Biking

I’ve recently been to the Elan Valley for a weekend with a few friends. It was only 2 weeks ago but looking at the weather outside today it feels like it was months ago. As you’ll see from the video above we had the last of the summer weather and we all agreed it was one of the best weekends we’ve had away.

I’d ridden some of the routes before so wanted to show the guys who hadnt been a good time and also wanted to ride me some new stuff. So Day 1 was pretty familiar, Day 2 a hybrid of some routes I’d been studying on the MBWales website.

Most of the riding in the area can be found on the MB Wales website link below. My advice is to look at the routes and pick and chose the bits you want to do and creat a hybrid in a route planner like OS Maps.

The riding is mostly pretty good going and suitable for all with a reasonable fitness level. Techinically there’s a few areas that will test your handling skills should you decide to ride at speed, but its generally a friendly area to ride. Some steep hills will likely have you pushing or puking! There is a climb that is called “puke hill” that will have your front wheel wandering and lifting and takes some effort top stay positioned for the duration.

Be prepared with food, water and layers as the riding is remote and if you find yourself caught in bad weather or with a mechanical or accident, as you will find yourself in a remote spot.

To provide some variety to the natural beauty, recently some flow trails have been built close to the Caban Coch Reservoir. These provide some groomed smooth trail fun and as they are only a short pedal from the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, they make for a nice finish to a ride.

We camped at Elan Oaks campsite just down from the visitor centre and it was perfect for all our needs, ie it had a shower and a toilet block.

Hope you enjoy the videos, if you want to know anything about the routes please let me know. I’m tempted to put a little pack together with routes and advice.

Thanks, Tim

Sparks will fly

If you are a follower of my blog, facebook or instagram you will know I like to take photos, and my Gopro usually accompanies me on my trips too. Well it was only a matter of time before I got a flying camera wasn’t it!

I’m not made of money so the entry level Spark from DJI has been on my watch list for a while and I finally saw a great deal and went for it.

I was also on my way to Snowdonia and the Elan Valley with my mate and his van for the weekend so it was an opportunity to good to miss.

Day 1 I spent most of the batteries figuring out what to do and didn’t get much footage. Day 2 I felt I got a lot more efficient and managed the day with juice to spare.

I wasn’t quite brave enough to fly it out over the reservoirs in the Elan Valley or let it get too far from me in the mountains as I hadn’t quite worked out the “homing” settings.

What do you think of the results of my first drone edit?

I want to mix it up with GoPro footage in the future and think I’m going to have to invest in some decent video editing software sooner or later…