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Outdoor activities in the Dyfi Biosphere

Surfing and Paddle Boarding

The Dyfi Biosphere has two excellent well used surfing beaches:


A popular student seaside resort with a couple of excellent, yet fickle reef breaks.


A long sandy beach in Cardigan Bay 

Mountain biking

The area hosts some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK with world champion local Dan Atherton creating biking trails through the forests. 

There is also a yearly 60km Enduro event in May around the Dyfi forests for over 1000 bikers. 

Local trails include:

Cli-MachX - It's a 15km round trip, with 9km of built single track with compressions and whoops, rock slab drop offs and some beautiful flowing turns.

Mach 1 -  21km. A mix of open moorland, forest desent and beautiful vistas. Choose this route as an ideal starter to explore the area.

Mach 2 - 22k. A great mix of wonderful descents, open climbs and beautiful valley views. An average rider should complete in 2 to 2.5 hours

Mach 3 - 34k. This really takes you into the wilds. Expect long climbs & challenging descents. An average rider should complete in 3 to 3.5 hours

mountain biking


The Dyfi Biosphere has an array of  trails in particular:

Bwlch Nant yr Arain near Aberystwyth

Tan y Coed near Machynlleth

as well as the Wales Coast Path and Glyndwr's Way National Trail

Motor Biking

The roads around the Dyfi Biosphere are a bikers dream with breathtaking views and a variety of terrains.

There is also the Mach 2 Motorbike festival in May in Machynlleth, entering its 2nd year in 2017

Explore an abandoned Welsh Slate Mine with one of Wales' most experienced Mine Explorers.

This takes you into the old Braich Goch slate mine which was first worked in 1836 and abandoned by the miners around 40 years ago. More than 130 years of history is captured inside waiting to be discovered. 

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