North Wales-set One Planet Adventure celebrated its tenth anniversary last summer with a big party. There’s been much to toast, with visitor numbers growing from 45,000 in its first year to around 170,000 annual visitors.
“We are always amazed at how far people travel to come and ride here,” company director Jim Gaffney tells BikeBiz: “The vast majority come from the Midlands, Cheshire and the North West, but we have visitors coming from all over the country. With North Wales offering such great mountain biking both natural and man made, Llandegla makes the perfect gateway, so we do find that quite often visitors from further a field are visiting us as part of a bit of a tour of North Wales venues.
“We are located within the 650 hectare Coed Llandegla Forest in North Wales, so we have more than 40kms of purpose built MTB trails, graded green right through to blacks, with a skills area and pump track too. We have something for everyone, from mum, dad and the kids, looking to have a fun day out exploring the forest on two wheels, to weekend warriors looking to test their abilities and release adrenalin.
“We have a classroom which we use for hosting our popular MTB skills courses. It is somewhere private to undertake briefings and analyse video feedback on the big screen. We often hire the room out for corporate clients and groups who want to combine a meeting with a blast on the trails afterwards.
“North Wales has always had a strong MTB scene. It has certainly moved with the times and the abundance of purpose built trail centres in the area, combined with the outstanding natural terrain we have on offer mean it’s so easy to get involved.”