Dark Forest Mountain Bike Rides
This Winter explore the forests in the dark. Our high power LED lights give a bright bubble of local existence outside this bubble its Dark, Black, Unseen and Unknown.
On Moon lite nights, or frosty / snowy nights other atmospheric feelings are felt, maybe a bit spooky or you may feel a bit outside your comfort zone, a different sort of braveness is required.
One thing you will notice is how silent the forest is after dark, well mostly silent. There are occasional strange noises made by the unseen and unknown. There is definitely a bit of a ‘Blair Witch’ feeling in the forest at night.
Dark Forest Rides
If you decide to do the single track trails you will find them more challenging than in daylight, the sense of speed is much higher than in daylight so on Dark rides your speeds are slower yet you feel like your travelling faster than normal.
Or try the big open sky rides from Capel Curig over to Dolwyddelan or up on to Sarn Helen, or over to Llyn Geirionydd by quiet Tarmac single track road then over and through the forest to Llyn Crafnant, once around Llyn Crafnant. Then return over the pass to Capel Curig or an alternative route back through Gwydir forest to Betws Y Coed. Even if you are familiar with these places by day they are a new discovery by night. There is no light pollution so when its dark its dark and with light of the moon its spooky.
Mountain bike hire with lights
Lights no bike (Helmet + Bars) £10
DiamondBack Heist Hardtail + Lights (H+B) £25
Electric Mountain bike Haibike Hard7 + Lights (H+B) £40 Normal Ebike deposits required. (If 2 or more Ebikes hired then the rental is discounted to £35 per Ebike, Discount will be applied at the shop if the full amount has been previously paid)
We will provide maps but recommend that you install a good Map App on your phone. We use Ordnance Survey but have found the free ‘MapMyRide’ to be accurate with the forest trails.
We recommend that for Dark Rides that 2 or more riders are a minimum for safety reasons. Yourself or the group are probably the only people in the forest at this time. If you had an accident and you are on your own there will be nobody to come along by chance and help out.