Introduction To Mountain Biking

Take the first thrilling pedal strokes into the world of mountain biking with this two-day beginner-friendly course. Guided by our experienced instructors, you'll learn essential techniques and ride on some of Britain's finest trails, all while soaking up the stunning natural scenery.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio6:1


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This course is a must for anyone new to mountain biking. Your journey will begin with our friendly, highly qualified instructors, ensuring your bike is perfectly set up for you and introducing you to the fundamental skills needed for technical riding. You’ll get a hands-on introduction to this exciting sport from our purpose-built skills course to the legendary trails in Gwydyr Forest and Penmachno.

The Objectives 

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • Mastered Fundamental Skills: Learned good technical habits, essential for long-term success in mountain biking.
  • Ridden Iconic Trails: Experienced world-class single track routes, with local favorites right at our doorstep.
  • Personalised Coaching: Received tailored coaching based on your current skills and areas you want to improve.
  • Prepared for the Future: Established a strong foundation to continue progressing in mountain biking.

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What to Expect

Day 1: Introduction and Skills Development

  • Bike Setup: Our instructors will ensure your bike is perfectly adjusted for you.
  • Skills Assessment: A quick check of your current skills to tailor the coaching to your needs.
  • Fundamental Techniques: Learn essential skills like balance, braking, and body positioning on our purpose-built skills course.
  • Local Trails Exploration: Ride some of the finest mountain biking routes in Britain, including the Gwydyr Forest trails.

Day 2: Advanced Skills and Trail Riding

  • Technical Skills Enhancement: Continue to build on good habits with more advanced techniques.
  • Trail Adventures: Explore the Penmachno trails and other classic routes like Coed y Brenin and Coed Llandegla.
  • Personalised Coaching: Receive individualised attention and coaching in areas you wish to improve.

This two-day course provides the perfect entry point into mountain biking. With professional guidance and access to fantastic trails, you’ll leave with a newfound passion and the skills to enjoy your future rides to the fullest!

Experience Required

You should have basic cycling skills.

How Should I Prepare?

Spend some time on a bike to get comfortable with riding and build some basic riding fitness.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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You’ll receive expert supervision from fully qualified and psyched instructors, creating the perfect environment to learn and enjoy something new!

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Your experience will take place in the heart of the extraordinary Eryri National Park. Our National Outdoor Centre features accommodation, a bar, dining, and more. And while you’re here, why not check out some local gems?

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Develop a Passion

Everyone at Plas y Brenin, from staff to visitors, is excited about adventures and inspired to get outside. Our guests return year after year to experience all that North Wales offers.