Foel Gasnach Downhill Mountain Bike Base, Wales

Foel Gasnach Downhill Mountain Bike Base, Wales

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Foel Gasnach is a specialist downhill mountain bike base in the Clocaenog Forest just outside of Ruthin, Denbighshire. It is a members only track run by the Foel DH Riders.

The track is set up with progressive development in mind and so caters for all abilities with a number of differing ability tracks. The downhill base at Foel Gasnach is remowned for being hard to find. The tracks are named in the order they were built in rather than the order you find them. The order you come across them is Track 2, then Track 4, then Track 1 and finally Track 3. Simple Sherlock.

Membership

  • The Foel DH riders organise events and manage maintenance of the track. The club costs  £10 per year. You must have membership to ride the track so get in contact with them on their website.

Track 1

  • Track 1 was the first track to be built. We don't have actual grading but this is known as the hardest. It has a rooty terrain and is very steep (you need to commit).

Track 2

  • Track 2 is the entry level track.

Track 3

  • Track 3 is no walk in the park.

Track 4

  • Track 4 is again steep and is twisty with small drops and a fun gap jump over a stream.

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rock garden on track 3
track building!!
bottom of track 3
old drop on track 1
track 2

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Foel Gasnach, Ruthin, LL15 2DL
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Grin Factor
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Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
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From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.76
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

Foel gasnach

If youve not been here before deffo check it out

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Good Points
This place is just awesome I love foel it's got a bit of everything there and really good to progress your skills
With a laid back feeling to the place
Can walk or bike or own uplift ya self or you can get on ste's uplift himself
Keep an eye out on this place it's only gonna get better and better
Bad Points
Could do with a butty van hahahahaha
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.76
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

Foel is the best.

Love this place

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Good Points
I ride here a lot and it has brought my ability and confidence level up massively, enabling me to transfer skills learnt to the race track.
All tracks are mint fun, all skill levels catered for (some basic skills needed just to get down the hill) and the uplift turn around is very quick and 20 runs in a day is normal.
Staff are really helpful and friendly.
Love it and would and do recommend to anyone who's into dh or enduring.
Bad Points
Unfortunately no toilets.
(Facilities improving all the time though)
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.82
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.50

Top venue!

The track numbers have changed and the membership fee.

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Good Points
4 fantastic tracks with pleanty of viratey for all. Realy good friendly atmosphere. Also the tracks are always being worked on so maintanance is good and new features are always being built.
Bad Points
Shop and toilets would be great.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.88
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Great place to ride

a must ride venue

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Good Points
A really great place to bring your riding on. plenty of line choices so feels like more than four tracks to ride , so there is something for everybody - first time downhiller to elite rider, Real natural feel to the routes. The trail are well maintenance with features being added all the time.
Bike or push up, do your own uplifting or just use the best value uplifting around!
Just a great vibe around the place.
Bad Points
some facilities would be handy, but bring what you need and your OK.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.30
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.00

Great place. Great track. Great people

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Overall rating 
 
4.22
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
2.00

Slip n slide!

Raw awesomeness, first run I thought it was too much for me but by the end of my first day there I had learnt more than I had in years at other places. Excellent day out on the bike.

User Review

Good Points
You can do a loop (without uplifting) in under 20 mins. Good variety on the 4 tracks so don't be put off, plenty of line choice, fast bits, tech bits, lots of sliding around and a lot of grinning ?
Bad Points
No facilities but it's a forest not a trail centre so just pack what you need into the motor!
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Overall rating 
 
4.77
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.50
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

foel gasnach is awesome

great place to ride a bike! would always recomend ?

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Good Points
great tracks good vibes and steves always welcoming
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Overall rating 
 
4.26
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
2.50

Great tracks ?

Great track, lots of fun

User Review

Good Points
Great tracks , something for all experience levels
A mixture of everything fast, flowy and technical all in one . Cheap membership per year also lots of fun with your friends. Can provide your own uplifts so riding can only cost the yearly membership.
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.59
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.50
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
2.50

Brings the smiles!

Some of the best riding in North Wales. Fast, technical and very natural trails.
Some of the best riders in the world have been here and come back for more.
£20 per year membership which covers you for riding there (proper insurance)

User Review

Good Points
Really short uplift route. Can easily get 20 runs in a day if you want through a good variety of tracks which sure all levels of rider.
More is planned for the site with a few more tracks and facilities to be added.
Good local accommodation available too and some decent pubs for a post ride pint.
Bad Points
Car park can get a bit crowded when it's super busy but there is another close to the halfway spot on the uplift road.
No toilets (yet, I think the are in the pipeline as well as a small shop)
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.48
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
3.50

Foel Gasnach

Excellent place to ride, all tracks suitable for all riders ability. New manager keeping tracks well maintained and introducing new features to each track. Would recommend these tracks to everyone.

User Review

Good Points
Great place to ride, the new manger of the tracks Stephen Hunter is very efficient and willing to help in any way, also he has worked hard on maintaining the tracks and keeping them to all riders ability
Bad Points
No real bad points but hoping for more facilities for riders
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Yes
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