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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Coed y Brenin MinorTaur

The Minor-tour at Coed y Brenin is a Blue rated route for beginners and is also suitable for adaptive mountain bikes. It’s split into three loops allowing you to gradually progress to longer routes as your ability and fitness increases. What the FC have to say about it: The MinorTaur has quickly become the most popular trail …

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Lon Las Peris Cycle Route Llanberis

The Lon Las Peris is only a short cycle track that follows a short section of the disused railway between Llanberis and Caernarfon. It only connects a car park to the south of Llanberis to Brynrefail, and unfortunately doesn’t connect with the Lon Las Eifion in Caernarfon. Nevertheless, for an easy family cycle with impressive …

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Yr Afon Green Mountain Bike Route

This is the easiest waymarked route in Coed y Brenin that follows a minor road and easy forest tracks that’s ideal for someone setting out on a mountain bike for the first time and for families. The Route Click here for a printable map and guide from the Forestry Commission website.  

Llandegla Intermediate Red MTB Route

Coed Llandegla is an independent MTB centre in south Denbighsire, close to Wrexham. This is the intermediate mountain bike route for more experienced riders. The Route Click here to view the full description and download a printable route guide and map.

Llandegla Beginner Blue MTB Route

Coed Llandegla is an independent MTB centre in south Denbighsire, close to Wrexham. This is their easiest mountain bike route. The Route Click here to view the full description and download a printable route guide and map.

Twm Tobacco’s Grave – epic MTB route

An epic mtb route in the southern Powys hills, passing by Twm Tobacco’s grave high up on the moors. The Route Click here to view the full description.   © Copyright Philip Halling and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Llanbedr Hill MTB route from Painscastle

A heathery, moorland mtb ride from Painscastle in southern Powys. The Route Click here to view the full description.   © Copyright Graham Horn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Dolwyddelan to Capel Curig via Sarn yr Offeiriad

A walk along old byways from Dolwyddelan to Capel Curig that’s equally suited to mountain bike, though the track is rutted and pretty technical on the descent into Capel. This is also the route of the Eryri Way. The Route Click here to view the full description and download a printable route guide and map.

Gladestry Epic MTB Circuit

This is a long ride from Gladestry near Kington through hilly terrain following mainly lanes and bridleways. The Route Click here to view the full description.

Colva Hill MTB Circuit from Gladestry

A route starting in Gladestry near Kington, this route travels along quiet country lanes and bridleways with no facilities along the route. The Route Click here to view the full description.

The Trans Cambrian Way Day 3

The third and final day on the Trans Cambrian long distance mtb trail takes you from Llangurig, through the Hafren Forest and crossing the infant River Severn before crossing the flanks of Pumlumon and eventually, by the least direct route to the shores of the Dyfi and what is technically the Irish Sea to complete …

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The Trans Cambrian Way Day 2

The second day of this long distance mountain bike route across Wales starts off in Rhaeadr Gwy (Rhayader) crossing the wild and remote Cambrian Mountains before ending rather anticlimactically at a camp site – though the village of Llangurig, and the Bluebell Inn is just down the road. This leg would be ideally suited for …

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The Trans Cambrian Way Day 1

The trail starts in Knighton just about on the English side of the border and crosses the Cambrian Mountains all the way to Dyfi Junction, so you can use the Cambrian line to travel between the start and end. The first leg is from Knighton to Rhaeadr Gwy (Rhayader) and covers 50km with over 1000m …

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Hergest Ridge and Beyond Epic MTB Route

This is a challenging mountain biking route along old green lanes and Offa’s Dyke from Kington. Some sectons surprisingly technical. There’s over 800m ascent and a hefty 32 km of mtb challenge here. The Route Click here to view the full description.

Hergest Ridge MTB Route from Kington

This takes in the entire ridge, with wide reaching views. Some sections are quite technical and you’ll need to be a skilled MTB rider to keep on the saddle for the entire route. The Route Click here to view the full description.