You may not ever have heard of the Doethie Valley, but chances are if you’ve read UK MTB magazines regularly you will have seen a photo of it on a cover at one time or another. We’d arranged a daytrip to Bikepark Wales and it seemed like an ideal opportunity to stay overnight and take up the offer from Simon’s friend Niel to show us round the loop.
We stayed overnight at the rather excellent Drovers Rest which I would heartily recommend, nice food & great desserts! Neil lives just up the road so we met him in the morning and headed off in search of Doethie.
The ride was a mixture of gravel roads and the scary, steep singletracks that Neil rides so fast down, local knowledge at it’s best. As we went past the reservoir there was a section that had been felled, someone had built themselves a little hut in the trees and I must admit it looked like rather a nice spot to disappear to!
We made it to the “remotest chapel in Wales” and were contemplating stopping there for lunch, that was until Neil pointed out the hill we were going to have to climb immediately after, so we waited with the aim of eating once we’d made it to the Doethie Valley.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking, but I’d long wanted to go and ride this trail. It was everything that I hoped it would be, nice and technical, scary drop to one side and lots of different variations in trail type, dry, rocky, open, boggy, technical, flowy – it’s all in there.
It’s in the middle of nowhere and it’s a tough ride to get there and back, but it’s totally worth it. If you like the opportunity to get out totally into the middle of nowhere and away from humans this is the ride for you!