Points Of Interest
We are fortunate to operate in one of the most naturally beautiful regions of the UK, an area that's ideal for exploring in the saddle, regardless of whether your preference is for road or trail riding.
- Pontcysyllte Aquaduct (11.4 Miles Away)
Built in the 1800's by Thomas Telford, the Poncycylite Aquaduct (a UNESCO world heritage site) spans 1007ft, carrying the Llangollen canal 126ft over the river Dee, making it the highest and longest in the UK.
Offering stunning views over the Dee valley, and the option to ride over it using the canal towpath during quiet periods (only for those with a head for heights!), the aquaduct also lends it's name to the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct Challege; a tough 106 mile, 3000ft sportive which follows a figure of eight loop on quiet country lanes, up onto the exposed horeshoe pass and back through the picturesque village of Llangollen.
- Coed Llandegla (13.0 Miles Away)
Mountain bikers of all abilities are catered for on Llandegla's Green, Blue, Red and Black routes, which incorporate a mixture of technical and fast flowing man-made trails that snake around the largest privately owned forest in Wales.
A regular haunt of Tweeks Cycles and Demon Tweeks staff due to it's close proximity, it's the perfect place to try out your new bike on some graded singletrack just 30 minutes after collection, and boasts an award winning café that's worth checking out in it's own right.
- City Of Chester (14.4 Miles Away)
One of the UK's cycling demonstration towns, the historic City of Chester boasts the 'millennium greenway'; a flat and virtually traffic free 15 mile cycle path (forming part of National Cycle Route 5) that heads out towards Connah's Quay along a disused railway line and back along the banks of the river Dee, alongside numerous canal-path rotes heading out of the city.
Chester has previously hosted a stage of the Tour Series, which offered spectators the chance to watch close racing within the city walls, seeing riders sprint down the cobbles & under the famous Eastgate Clock on the 1.4km loop. For more information of local cycling initiatives, news updates and suggested routes visit the Chester City Cycle Website.
- Beeston Castle (14.8 Miles Away)
Sitting atop a towering rock formation, 350ft above the Cheshire plain, the imposing Beeston Castle; Castellum de Rupe (Castle on the Rock) dates from the 13th century and was once a key border fortification. Although now left to ruin, the castle offers great views and serves as an ideal navigation reference when cycling through the surrounding villages and country lanes.
For those in need of a café break, the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm near Tattenhall is a favorite stop off for local riders and comes highly reccomended, offering some of the finest Ice Cream you are ever likely to taste, in a bewildering range of flavours.
- Delamere Forest (24.6 Miles Away)
The biggest expanse of woodland in Cheshire, Delamere Forest features two official trails (based predominately on fire roads) that are ideal for beginners or younger riders, whilst a number of unoffical and more challenging singletrack sections exist off the beaten track for those who know where to find them.
The forest also features a dedicated bike skills area located near the visitor centre which includes a 4x track, dirt jumps and some short downhill courses.
- Betws-y-Coed (46.6 Miles Away)
Located in the heart of Snowdonia, the foothills around Betws-y-Coed feature are criss-crossed with fire roads that make the area ideal for exploring in the saddle, The area's real attraction for MTB riders however are the two man-made trails.
The Marin Trail is a red graded route that stretches into the Gwydyr Forest from the village of Llanrwst. The singletrack is only punctuated by some short climbs, and takes in some diverse terrain along it's 25km length. Whilst the nearby Penmachno trail offers a slightly different experience, taking a more exposed cross country route with gradual climbs and smooth, flowing descents.
Tweeks Cycles are proud to support local cycling and look to play an active role within cycling clubs, organisations and forums:
MBNW (Mountain Biking North Wales)
A lively forum for local MTB riders, MBNW offer an online resource and meeting point designed to educate on where to ride, shop, camp, eat and even where to get that post ride pint!
Regular forum rides take in the best North Wales has to offer, where like-minded people can get together and have a bit of banter, learn some new skills, ride some new venues and route; from established trail centres to little known routes informed by local knowledge.