Rode Penmachno Loop 2 yesterday, Ive done loop 1 before but never loop 2. Started off from Ty Mawr at marker 22 and did the whole of loop 2 with a bit of loop 1.
I messed up a the end when i took a wrong turn and ended up going down to the car park at the Start of loop 1 which meant i had a road ride with a massive hill in it to get back to the van.
I wasn't overly impressed with loop 2 to be honest, there were no real uphills and no exciting downhills, it just seemed to go up for a few meters then down for a few meters. I'm not the biggest fan of going uphill but its alway worth it if you have a good quality downhill to get that adrenaline buzz off on the other side, but sadly there wasn't any of that.
Some one else mentioned about the trail being overgrown and it was a bit but think thats just because of the time of year and it not being one of the busiest trails.
On the positive side it was a great trail for getting away from it as you dont see many people up there and its got that wild feel about it that you dont get with a lot of trails.
Id say its worth the ride but Ive got places i will ride first. Still like loop one tho apart from the first fire road climb ;D
Forgot the camera as usual so here some pics i took on the phone
It's the section which is alot more like the Marin just your in the woods bit more rocky and when you final finished you will rejoin loop1 half way up the long climb you will turn left and head down hill to your vehicles.
I ride weekends one week its a Saturday and the other its a Sunday, reason being every other week I have to do a Saturday morning.
We rode loop 2 last week and it's seriously overgrown from the last time we did it. That must have been a hell of a climb back up to the car, at least you went past the pub for a break ;-) Good views form loop 2 but it does lack some decent downhill sections.