Year of Adventure – Mountain biking – North Wales

This year is Wales’ year of adventure. Why not join in the fun and do something epic? We’ve compiled a list of daring activities you have to try each month!

Mountain biking in North Wales

To kick off the year of adventure in style, why not give mountain biking a go? North Wales has many mountain biking resorts but notably Coed Llandegla offers a host of trails for both beginners and intermediate level riders. After opening in 2005, it has become one of the most popular mountain bike resorts in Wales, receiving over 200,000 visitors a year. For just £32 you can hire a bike for a full day and ride the trails to your hearts content!

Also nearby is Llangollen Railway, a heritage railway beside the historic Dee Bridge. Starting in Llangollen, the steam train follows the Rive Dee and ends 10 miles later in the charming town of Corwen. Located within an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the views from the carriages are simply breathtaking and explore much of the natural beauty that North Wales has to offer. Whilst enjoying the picturesque scenery, indulge in a choice of light menus, including afternoon tea with homemade scones and jam. All of the stations along the railway track are of a typical Victorian design, giving you a truly historical experience like no other.

Where to stay

This January experience a fun-filled day of biking then wind down at the nearby Manorhaus Ruthin hotel. This contemporary accommodation set in the Vale of Clwyd is a mere 20 minute drive from Coed Llandegla and features a combination of classic architecture with a stylish, modern twist. The hotel also boasts a private cinema and a library for guests – the perfect way to relax after a long day of biking!

Boutique hotel in North Wales, part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection, Year of Adventure

Manorhaus Ruthin, boutique hotel in North Wales, Part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection

What to eat

The hotel prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering dishes, so it isn’t any surprise that it has been listed in the Michelin Guide since 2010. Be sure to try out the incredible Welsh lamb rump.


Gourmet dining at Manorhaus in Ruthin, Welsh Rarebits Collection hotel in North Wales


Top Travel Awards for Caemorgan Mansion

Caemorgan Mansion Guest House has been named the 9th best B&B in the UK and 17th in the world in the prestigious Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2016.

Almost 100 per cent of visitors to Cardigans only five Star AA graded guest house, which is a member of the Welsh Rarebits collection of independent, luxury hotels and guest houses, rated the classically-styled accommodation as excellent.

The guest house, which is run on green energy, offers warm welcoming rooms and exceptional quality food in a tastefully restored 19thcentury mansion. Located just minutes away from the coast, a stay at Caemorgan Mansion is ideal for guests looking to explore nearby Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire or indulge in some dolphin watching from Mwnt beach.

Double rooms start at £110 a night.

Caemorgan Mansion, Cardigan Coast

Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2016, Caemorgan Mansion, Cardigan Coast, Wales, Part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection

Caemorgan is a luxury small mansion that redefines the concept of guest house. An inspired restoration has created warm, super-comfortable accommodation with all the features of a top hotel. Interesting hosts – and exceptional food that has never seen a HP sauce bottle.

The kitchen is totally self-sufficient with David Harrison-Wood, a remarkably good cook – actually, deserves the appellation ‘chef’ – creating cleverly flavoured, well-balanced dishes unmatched by many professionally trained counterparts.

The location is ideal. Caemorgan is well-placed for Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire – the coast is just minutes away.