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The Health Benefits of Mountain Biking

If you have decided to get back into the world of health and fitness but aren’t sure about the best way to do this, why not broaden your horizons and take up mountain biking? This fantastic sport has never been as popular as it is today and there are many reasons for this.

In terms of getting fit and staying there, mountain biking has few rivals because it really is such a complete sport for all of the family. Just have a word with your GP if you need confirmation! Studies show that if you ride a normal bicycle for 20 miles a week, your risk of suffering from heart disease is reduced by an incredible 50%. Mountain biking will push you far more than simply using the roads so if you do decide to get into this exciting sport, your body will almost certainly thank you for it!

The cardiovascular workout that you receive whilst tackling more difficult terrain, such as hills and off road tracks simply cannot be overstated. Many of your muscles will be used like never before and your joints will also be invited to the party. Finally, if you needed any further convincing, Mountain biking has been known to reduce both stress and depression and it probably helps that once you have bought the bike and associated safety equipment, it is practically free!

Parkwood Outdoors would love to help you enjoy your new or old hobby and they have some excellent options for you to consider. Just imagine having the gorgeous Brecon Beacons as your backdrop whilst burning off those calories and bonding with your family and friends.

You can book up the whole family for a short mountain bike route or if you are feeling brave, take on our 40 mile loop. We colour code all of our biking routes to help you find the right one for you, from green for the kids right up to black for serious enthusiasts.

Prices start from £31 for adults and group booking discounts are definitely available. So why not blow away the cobwebs this weekend and head off to the Brecon Beacons for a mountain biking extravaganza that you will never forget!




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Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer is an activity centre based in the south of the Brecon Beacons, just a 15 minute drive from Merthyr Tydfil. We offer a fantastic range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities


Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer Pontsticill Merthyr Tydfil CF48 2UR