Afan Valley Guiding

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The Afan Valley is a proper old school mountain bike trail centre. It’s been ridden and raced for years and years, building up the legacy of being a truly versatile mountain bike centre that caters for all abilities, fitness levels and disciplines of rider. But it’s not just the trail centre itself that attracts thousands of outdoors enthusiasts each year.

Along with an enthusiastic community of riders, the Afan Valley has many trails, a bike park, lots of off-piste treasures and some of the most incredible natural landscapes you’ll ever set your eyes on. It’s because of these reasons that I choose to live in the centre of this epic valley and dedicate my time to riding, guiding and exploring this naturally beautiful area.

Gravel or MTB?

Mountain biking or gravel grinding, miles for both are endless. Whether you prefer sending it down trails, covering cross-country miles or you’re looking for some gravel excitement, the Afan Valley really has it all. With a vast knowledge of the Afan Valley and its history, I spend a lot of my time exploring new lines, finding routes and bulking up my inventory of amazing guided rides in the valley.

Why Book with Me?

As your mountain bike guide, I will endeavour to tailor our ride to best suit your skills and abilities. I’ll do this by emailing you a few pre-ride questions after you’ve made your booking. With your answers, I’ll have a better understanding of where your riding is now, what you would like to ride in Afan and any skills or experiences you hope to gain from our time together. Guiding isn’t about going as fast as you can or climbing Everest on your bike, it’s about exploring new areas, experiencing new things and forging great memories… or so I believe! This is why I pride myself on taking the time to get to know each and every client, to put them at ease by inspiring confidence on the bike, while having plenty of fun.

If you’re a solo rider, part of a family or there’s a group of you who want to experience the delights of the Afan Valley, that’s no problem at all. With plenty of experience guiding individuals and groups, if you have a specific request like women’s only groups, 1:1 guiding sessions or youth groups, just use the contact form to get in touch and let me know what it is you’re after and I’ll do my utmost to cater to your needs.

And now for legal peace of mind. I’m a fully qualified British Cycling level two Mountain Bike Leader with qualifications in Outdoor First Aid. I also hold a Cytech level two qualification in bicycle mechanics, and a pocket full of Welsh Cakes, which are for our mid-ride pit-stop!

What Others Say

Hats off to the lovely Jessica. She is an excellent and patient coach, absolutely worth every penny. I had only been riding a few months and needed some desperate skills and confidence. Within the few hours of her guidance and clear and concise instructions, I was putting them into practice. By the end, I felt my confidence had grown and come away with some skills.
Will definitely be booking again. I would recommend the lessons to anyone who wants to improve on any aspect of mountain biking.
” – Nicky Lloyd.

Booking a ride with Jessica is one of the better things I’ve done. She is personable, professional, and fun. Through e-mail communication (which was top-notch), she was able to tailor a tour of the valley, perfect for my riding style. Because I only had one day to ride and hadn’t been on dirt in over a month, the pace was moderate, with breaks for sights, history, and most importantly, WELSH CAKES, which made the trip absolutely perfect. I will gladly book again, the next time I can make it to the UK.” – Ryan Baker.

How to Book

Here are my current rates for guiding. The more riders in your group, the cheaper it’ll be per person.

Number of Riders Half-Day (3hrs) Full-Day (6hrs)
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COVID-19: I will be taking additional safety measures in light of the recent global health crisis, but if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so I can put your mind at ease.

If you have any questions or queries about my guiding services, or you would like to make a booking, please use the contact form and I’ll get back to you ASAP.