Tintern, just inside the Welsh border a little south of the Redbrook mountain bike route. This ride is of a similar nature to Redbrook which is only a little way further up the Wye valley. Again it is made up of lots of natural trails, plenty of climbing and bundles of Welsh scenery.
A mix of loamy single track, loose dusty (weather dependant) shoots and rocky descents. The climbs are fire roads or quiet country lanes and not too difficult, leaving you free to ride the descents.
The ride starts in Barbadoes, the woods above Tintern not the caribbean island unfortunately. Single track in the woods is the name of the game here, they do not disappoint well worth the initial climb up from the car park. Wooded loamy single track with some steep sections thrown in to spice things up.
On the other side of the Anghdi river, the route climbs up through more woods, lapping them with more single track through the trees.
On to the final descent which is around 1.5 km long and dropping about 150m starting with single track before turning into rocky steps, drops and large loose stones. Not as big features as the final Redbrook descent but longer and easier to keep a flow going if you have the stamina. Smooth rock and loose stone add up to an interesting experience in the wet, whilst in the dry the descent leaves you well aware of the descent you've just completed.
Tintern Mountain Bike Route
|Pubs, cafes||The Royal George|
|Parking||Wireworks Car park, Tintern|
|Route||View route on Strava|
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This ride is form our wednesday night series for more rides and routes take a look at our wednesday night rides.
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