Cycling and Mountain Biking in Wales

Mountain Biking  in Wales

There is a wide selection of Mountain biking in Wales with routes and centres to suit all tastes and abilities.

Mountain Biking in North Wales

Mountain Biking in Snowdonia

Snowdonia may be best known for the walking, but it also boasts some of the best mountain biking in Wales. Coed y Brenin is the best known venue, being a purpose built mountain biking centre with a selection of routes to suit all abilities. However, there are other areas that also have plenty of scope for the mountain biker of all abilities, though not so many waymarked trails.

  • Coed y Brenin. There are a number of routes in this area, which all start from the Visitor Centre. There are three routes graded Black; The Beast of Brenin, Tarw Du and the MBR routes. There are also three Red Routes with the longer Dragon’s Back being suitable to fitter riders, while the shorter Temptiwr and Cyflym Coch are more suitable for those who are moving up from easier routes and want to see what all this Red Grade malarkey’s all about. Of course, they’re also ideal if you’ve more experience and you just fancy a quick spin. Not to leave anyone out, they’ve recently added the Minor-tour which is a Blue rated route for beginners and is also suitable for adaptive mountain bikes. It’s split into three loops that you can gradually progress to longer routes as your ability and fitness increases. And finally, there’s even an easy green grade trail, Yr Afon, that follows roads and easy tracks. More information on all these routes can be found on the Forestry Commission site.
  • The Gwydyr Forest has two routes, and they’re both Red. The Marin Trail, described by the Forestry Commission as having “big climbs, big descents, brilliant singletrack and truly awesome scenery make this a trail to remember”. The Marin Trail starts from Nant Cottage car park, just outside Llanrwst. Or you can try the Penmachno Trail which, surprise surprise is near Penmachno.
  • Elsewhere – The more adventurous mountain biker has plenty of options to find their own trail along the various bridleways. One such classic is the route via Llyn Cowlyd near Capel Curig, or the Bwlch y Ddeufaen route between Aber and Ro Wen. You can even combine them both, returning to Aber via the old coach road from Capel Curig to Bethesda and minor roads to the start. Or just look at the map and devise your own, ideally adding it to our database to proudly share with everyone!
  • Beddgelert Forest – Much easier riding can be found in the Beddgelert Forest, which is all forestry roads. There are a couple of blue routes noted here and here.
  • Downhill in Blaenau Ffestiniog –What’s certain is that Snowdonia certainly has a load to offer the mountain biker, and with a new centre now open in Blaenau Ffestiniog, offering pure downhill riding (a minibus takes you up to the top!) there’s something for everyone.

Mountain Biking in Mid Wales

  • Dyfi Forest – This is a vast forest that could keep the rider willing to get a map out busy for days, though there aren’t many waymarked routes. The only waymarked route here is the Cli-mach, which is a Red Route with an optional Black graded section (or a Black route with a bit of red, depending!). Visit the Dyfi Valley Mountainbikers website for more information.
  • Bwlch Nant yr Arian
  • Cwm Rhaeadr, Llandovery:

Mountain Biking in South Wales

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Walk up the Snowdon Ranger Path

Walk up the Snowdon Ranger Path

The Snowdon Ranger path is one of the quieter approaches to the summit of Snowdon which takes it’s name from the Snowdon Ranger YH, or rather from when it was a hotel  which specialised in providing guides for the walk up Snowdon. Starting from the shores of Llyn Cwellyn (and newly christened Lwybr Cwellyn to …

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Ystwyth Trail Cycle Route

The Ystwyth Trail cycle route in Ceredigion is partially along disused railway lines, but keeps more interest by being along country lanes in some sections, and some B Roads. This cycle route links Aberystwyth on the coast, to Tregaron inland. The Route For a printable overview map, click here, or the route homepage which has …

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Llyn Brenig – Up to the Lake

Another long, but less technical route around Llyn Brenig. This has more trail than road and doesn’t hit an A road once. You can start off from Cyffylliog as suggested on the Ride Hiraethog website, or at any other point on the route that takes your fancy. One look at the map will show that …

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The Elan Valley Trail

Walk into the heart of the Elenydd along three reservoirs and ending at the fourth. If you love waterside walks, then this will appeal. Makes a good approach into the Elenydd from Rhayader if you’re going wild camping as well. This is wild terrain, but the route is easy enough and stays low on forestry …

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Bedwen Beddgelert Forest Mountain Bike Trail

The Beddgelert Forest green Mountain Biking route – about the only information available is on the notice board in the car park! However, it’s short and straightforward enough as you only need to follow the ‘Bedwen’ waymarkers.

Cwm Mynach From Penmaenpool

This is a straightforward walk, trail run or rough cycle starting from the George at Penmaenpool, or from the other side of the Mawddach (parking available further along the main road. You could easily extend the walk into the Rhinogydd or perhaps descend to Ganllwyd from the col (which at that point is the shortest …

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Llyn Llywelyn from Rhyd Ddu

A short trip around Beddgelert Forest from Rhyd Ddu that’s suitable as an easy family walk, trail run or easy mountain bike ride. The Route 1 Start off on the Lon Gwyrfai from Rhyd Ddu. You can start opposite the Rhyd Ddu Path car park, or from the Cwellyn Arms you can follow the minor …

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Waterfalls and Goldmines Trail

A steady walk towards Pistyll Cain and Rhaeadr Mawddach. Can be completed on mountain bikes as well. From the FC Website: “A riverside walk on forest tracks, suitable for pushchairs, to the beautiful waterfalls of Rhaeadr Mawddach and Pistyll Cain, the route passes old gold mine workings along the way. A shorter blue waymarked route …

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