Misty Valley MTB & Trail Centre
CLOSEST TOWN > eNtokozweni (Machadodorp)
TRAIL DESTINATION > Misty Valley
DISTANCE > Various distances and trail options.
GRADING > Beginner to Expert
On your bike
The most difficult thing about Misty Valley will probably be which of the trails to go ride … If you’re keen on an Easy option, the non-challenging Stonehenge Loop meanders amidst the archetypical Misty Valley standing stones. The route combines a bit of everything, with some gravel road, jeep- track, single-track and no less than 7 wooden bridge crossings.
Another route perfect for beginner riders is the Loch Ness Trail; this ride takes you on a looped circuit of the upper property, or you could link onto the Ambleside Trail to go and explore lower down. Intermediate rides include the Hadrian’s Wall Route, with numerous bridges, some technical sections through the rocks, tight single-track and a few sharp but short climbs.
My riding partner Matt and I played to our heart’s content on both Hadrian’s Wall as well as in the Fingal’s Forest section, where game footpaths loop in tight turns before blasting onto a handful of bridge crossings and some funky drop-offs as you crank at speed back to the start area near the lodge itself.
Up the ante a bit along a few tough climbs on the Munro Bagger Trail, but with the best views in the area as a just reward. And then – if you rate yourself as a bit of a hard core cranker, there is always the ‘Gorge of the Gods’, featuring loads of big-ass drop offs, steep climbs, rocky sections, technical descents and narrow paths. You’re going to need your sense of humour for this one, and preferably a proper dual-susser to soften the knocks.
Good news is that there are some pretty okay bikes for rent at Misty Valley. They come in a full range of sizes, so if you’re ever up here without your bike, feel free to pop in!
Off the bike
A scenic cruise through high-lying grasslands gets you to Misty Valley Bike Park, where it languishes at 2000m above Emgwenya. High altitude riding means you may have to deal with anything from savage thunderstorms to icy mist, so it’s good to know you can duck into the ‘Mad Dog in the Fog’ Pub or ‘Knight & Boar’ Restaurant for a post-ride cool-down (or warm-up). Other activities include game viewing, fly- fishing, trail running, tennis, bird watching, archery, horse riding, or a visit to the Sudwala Caves.
Route Information: Misty Valley Trail Centre
Physical Address: Slaaihoek Road, Machadodorp
Telephone: +27 86 13 MISTY (64789)
Cell Phone: +27 79 404 5858
GPS: S25˚45' 14.5" E 30˚ 26' 08.3" S
Beginner to Expert
Depends on the trail chosen and level of fitness.
Various trail options - from easy to expert riding and various distances.
Misty Valley Lodge
Gravel road, jeep track, purpose built single track, farm roads and bridge crossings.
Available at reception. Trails are well marked
Reception along most of the route
Entry fee payable
All accommodation and basic needs are catered for at the resort
Stonehenge Trail (5km):
Shetland Wulver Trail (12km):
HOW TO GET THERE
BEST TIME OF YEAR
Year round; summer is rainy season.