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Cli-machx Trail. Machynlleth.Final Descent. GoPro HD

Machynlleth mountain bike base is based by Machynlleth in the Dyfi Forest south of Snowdonia in Powys in North Wales. They are also referred to as the Mach trails. There are four main trails: Mach1, Mach2, Mach3 and the more recent Cli-mach X. The first three are natural trails running deep into the forests and mountains. The ClimachX is more modern and has a carved out technical descent (the longest in Wales).

As this is a base each trails facilities will differ on an individual basis and generally be very limited or non existent. So make sure you come prepared.

They are in the process of re-routing all the Mach trails. A new route has been cut at the far end of Mach 2 and this will also effect Mach 3. Mach 1 route has also had a major change and we will keep you up to date with all the details as and when they are finalised.

Also in the pipeline is a new section on the CLIMACH-X. There is an extention planned for the final descent to come all the way to the car park at the start/finish. 

Mach1 - (Blue)

  • Mach 1 is a 16km fast natural blue trail and is not too technical.

Mach2 - (Red)

  • Mach 2 is a 23km red run. The up is very steep and so the down as rewarding.

Mach3 - (Black)

  • Mach 3 is a 30 km black run. It shares much of the Mach 2 route and then heads out further into the countryside. It’s famous for the Chute which is very steep, rocky, and dark.

Climach-X - (Black)

  • Climachx is a 15k red run (final section is a black) and is the most recent of the trials. It is in the Dyfi forest and has 9km of carved single track with rock slab drops, turns and jumps. Famed to have the longest descent in Wales this includes the famous 'eye of the needle'; a huge jump with a narrow landing between two trees on the other side.  It ends with 8 flowing massive berms.

Dyfi Enduro

  • The Dyfi Enduro is a mountain bike event/festival that takes place in Machynlleth every May. The event is not just brilliant but it pays for the upkeep of the trails. So check it out. They even have their own Facebook page 

Clubs and Groups

Other Stuff

  • The Dyfi forest is used for motor sports events on about 5 weekends a year. On these days the ClimachX trail is closed. So check out the website.
  • The history is the locals formed a community group known as Dyfi Mountain Biking a bohemian community group who got funding for the trails to boost the local economy and put their trails on the MTB map.
  • A mountain bike "Base" is an area/locality hosting several way-marked/mapped trails, with essential MTB facilities (accommodation, restaurants & cafes, bike shops etc.) all available within the vicinity from independent providers.

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  • If you have ridden any of the Mach trails in Dyfi forest then why not share your mountain bike experience with us and leave a short review or post some pictures or videos to the listing.

Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Trail Grades
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
Facilities
Car Park
Trail Distance(s)

Location

Website
Country
Wales
County/State
Powys
Trail, Centre or Base
Address
Machynlleth, Powys, Y20 8EB
Directions
By train: The main train line runs east - west from Birmingham. Around 2 hours from Birmingham, 5 hours from London, 4 from Bristol. Train station is 2 minutes, 1/2 mile from town center. The train runs every 2 hours from 8am til 11pm. check train times HERE
By car: From South Wales and South-west England. M4 to end (near Swansea), A48 to Carmarthen, A484 to Cardigan and A487 to Aberystwyth and Machynlleth. Alternatively take the A470 from Cardiff to Cemaes Road and then the A489 to Machynlleth. From the English Midlands and North. M54 to end (near Shrewsbury), A458 to Dinas Mawddwy then A470 to Cemaes Road and A489 to Machynllet
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Average user rating from: 2 user(s)

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A great little trail, big climbs through stunning forest which all finishes off with allegedly the longest downhill section in wales which whilst I can't confirm it, is long and challenging in places.
Also worth mentioning that this trail is based in the Dyfi forest and there are loads of other trails to ride in the area, worth getting a route (off the net) or from the bike shop in Machynlleth and you can do what I did which was mix up some extra loops through the forest with the Climach -X trail to make an awesome ride.
Again as with a lot of these types of trails,go prepared as its a long walk if you have a problem.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
2.0
Bigmick Reviewed by Bigmick December 10, 2013
Last updated: December 10, 2013
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Climach-X

A great little trail, big climbs through stunning forest which all finishes off with allegedly the longest downhill section in wales which whilst I can't confirm it, is long and challenging in places.
Also worth mentioning that this trail is based in the Dyfi forest and there are loads of other trails to ride in the area, worth getting a route (off the net) or from the bike shop in Machynlleth and you can do what I did which was mix up some extra loops through the forest with the Climach -X trail to make an awesome ride.
Again as with a lot of these types of trails,go prepared as its a long walk if you have a problem.

User Review

Good Points
Another quiet trail
possibly the longest downhill section of trail.
Bad Points
Very little facilities
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I have heard it anecdotedly said this is the longest downhill section in Wales. Whether true or not it feels it. The grin factor is supreme. It is a graded red but I feel it is bit more of a black if not an aggresive red. It is well worth the search to find it.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
stumpy_dan Reviewed by stumpy_dan October 22, 2012
Last updated: October 22, 2012
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Longest downhill in wales - Cli-mach X

I have heard it anecdotedly said this is the longest downhill section in Wales. Whether true or not it feels it. The grin factor is supreme. It is a graded red but I feel it is bit more of a black if not an aggresive red. It is well worth the search to find it.

User Review

Good Points
The downhill is the fastest and bumpiest rolleroaster I've ridden with rocks after rocks that your bike just seems to fly over.
Bad Points
None, really none.. facilites if facilites were actually important I guess.
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