The third ride we managed to squeeze in during our stay at The Lady Grace in Greyton was to the west of the town, along the side of the Riviersonderend River.
Greyton is a picturesque little town located on the slopes of the Riviersonderend Mountains just about an hour's drive from Cape Town. While the peace and quiet make Greyton a wonderful escape from the city, it has become well known for its mountain biking trails set out by Greyton Genadendal MTB - some technical and demanding, others easy enough for the whole family. We first rode their Bench to Bench trail and then elected to take to district and farm roads for our second ride the Dwarsberg Pass Loop, enjoying the rural setting and farm views.
Our route up the Riviersonderend River started on the GGMTB Wreck/Bakenskop Route but then, after crossing the river turned right, heading west, rather than east to continue the GGMTB route. The gravel road was in good condition and offered magnificent views of the river and the Riviersonderend Mountains in the background. Fruit, it seems, is one of the main farming activities here but we couldn't identify the rather weirdly pruned trees until we stopped at one of the farms along the way, the farm manager attending to some complicated looking machinery outside a large warehouse. "Apples", he said. And they were planning more to keep up with the demand...
We had originally planned to do a rather long, 56km loop that would have taken us all the way to Helderstroom but decided to cut it short about midway and crossed onto the northern side of the river for the return trip, part of which was on tar. Still the vehicles that did pass us were well behaved and gave us plenty of space.
If you are going to ride any of the GGMTB trails, you'll need to purchase a permit, available from Vanilla Cafe, and a good, reasonably priced place for dinner is the 1854 Restaurant.
Click here to see more of our mountain biking photographs.
Track Distance: 36km round trip.
Route conditions: Good roads and not much traffic (although we were there on a weekday). Initially, there was quite a bit of litter lying about but once we were onto the district roads things improved. A pity but that's the way it was...
The Lady Grace: S34° 03.022' E19° 36.518'
Vanilla Cafe: S34° 03.082' E19° 36.444'
1854 Restaurant: S32° 03.940' E19° 07.683'