Bwlch Nant yr Arian – Mountain Bike Wales

Visitors Centre

The visitors centre is located at the head of the valley with stunning views down to the sea towards Aberystwyth. The centre has signposted walks for all abilities. The main attraction that draws visitors is the world renowned Red Kite feeding which occurs daily. You are able to get really close to these majestic birds of prey as they circle and swoop down for the meat that is thrown.

The cafe has a wooden terrace that enables you sit outside and watch the display with a latte in hand. The centre also has a children’s play area suitable for all age ranges. It truly is a great family day out.

Visitor Centre Cafe Opening Hours:

The Café is open 7 days a week (Closed Christmas & Boxing Day) 10am – 5pm:

Hot food is served between 10am and 3pm daily

Address:

Bwlch Nant yr Arian
Ponterwyd
Aberystwyth
SY23 3AD

 

Red Kites In Wales

The Red Kite feeding program was first introduced in the winter of 1999. The decision was made to try and aid the dwindling population of the birds and to try and encourage them to display natural behaviour patterns of gathering together. The program has been deemed a success, with over 150 kites converging daily at the feeding station, it is a sight that needs to be seen to be believed. It really is something very special.

The meat is brought in from a local butcher who kindly donates the offcuts to the local wardens. They get through 10kg of beef a day. The meat is thrown onto a grassy feeding area, so you can easily see the kites from all around the lake. If you really want to get up close and personal there is a bird hide situated right next to the feeding location. They also have a very rare white kite. The colouring is very pale, it is thought to be affected by a genetic default called “Leucism”

The Red Kites are fed daily at 3pm in the Summer and 2pm in the Winter.

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Mountain Biking in Wales

The mountain bike courses surrounding the site draws a very busy crowd at the weekends. The routes are all clearly marked and suitable for most skill levels. There are three main routes that you can take. The Pendam is not particularly technical and is pretty short at only 9km. It should take you around 2 hours to complete.

The Summit trail is where it starts to crank up the difficulty and requires a higher degree of fitness. The route has a long hill climb that is a bit of a slog with tired legs. Though you are rewarded for your efforts with endless single track descents which more than pays off for your efforts. The route is roughly 16km, so plan for around 3 hours to complete.

The black route “Syfydrin” follows the Summit route then splits off and takes you around the surrounding hills. With great scenic views it is not to be missed. The black grade has been given for distance and climbing ability rather than technical.

Trail Maps

Pendam trail – Red Route

Syfydrin Trail – Red Route

Summit Trail – Black Route

 

Other info

Parking is £1.50 up to two hours and £3.00 for all day. There is also a lay-by that is located next to the site which is free.