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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Lon Las Fenai

Lon Las Fenai Cycle Route

The Lon Las Fenai is an easy cycle track from Caernarfon to Felinheli, and of course – in the opposite direction. It’s also part of the Wales Coast Path. The Lon Las Fenai joins up with Lon Adda to travel into Bangor and onward towards the Lon Las Ogwen. Recent improvements on the Caernarfon seafront …

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Beddgelert Forest Long MTB Trail

This is a longer trip around the forest. It’s only a small forest, so its quite tricky to get a decent ride going. This one’s worth a go and ideal for the beginner as it’s mainly forest tracks. The Route There’s no easily obtainable trail in this forest. While there are posts, nothing is available …

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Dolen Eryri MTB Snowdonia Mountain BIke Route

The more sedate half of the Penmachno Trail if the full outing’s too much. Ideal for a lazy half day out. The Route An easier route than the Dolen Machno, but still classed as a Red and with plenty of remote sections. More info and maps available via the following links – Dolen Eryri.

Dolen Machno MTB Route

The more interesting half of the Penmachno Trail. Check out the video below for a proper taster of what this route is like. The Route Plenty of views and remote sections make this a route worth trying out. More info and maps available via the following link – Dolen Machno. If you want a taster before …

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Penmachno MTB Trail

Lesser known and less publicised Red Route in Penmachno near Betws y Coed. It can be split into two sections – the Dolen Eryri and the Dolen Machno, or better still ridden in one gluttonous ride! The Route A challenging route with plenty of ascent that consists of the two separate Machno loops of Dolen …

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Pendam Trail – Nant yr Arian Mountain Biking

Nestling in the Cambrian Mountains, not far from Aberystwyth, is the Nant yr Arian MTB centre. There are three main routes, this one being the shortest red route. The Route More information can be found on the Forestry Commission website – here – where you can download a route guide and a map.- and a downloadable map and guide.

Summit Route – Nant yr Arian Mountain Biking

Nestling in the Cambrian Mountains, not far from Aberystwyth, is the Nant yr Arian MTB centre. If the other routes are too easy or too long, then this one’s just right. The Route More information can be found on the Forestry Commission website – here – where you can download a route guide and a map.

Mach 3 Mountain Bike Trail

This is the most challenging route by www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk who also have loads of useful information for anyone wishing to mountain bike in the area. The route is waymarked, and mainly along quiet country lanes, forestry and does get very remote at times. Ascending to over 500m makes it a fair old challenge. You could even …

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Mach 2 Mountain Bike Trail

Another route from Machynlleth by www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk who also have loads of useful information for anyone wishing to mountain bike in the area. The route is waymarked, and mainly along quiet country lanes. Similar to the first route, but with a little more trail and only a short return along the main road making it a …

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Mach 1 Mountain Bike Trail

Nothing to do with razor blades, this is one of three excellent routes devised by www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk who have loads of useful information for anyone wishing to mountain bike in the area. The route is waymarked, and mainly along quiet country lanes. The middle bit takes you properly off road along the Glyndwr Way to test …

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A Stroll in the Parc

Getting to this walk is probably the hardest part! The Llyn Sarnau car park can either be reached by the minor road that passes the Ty Hyll off the A5, or a minor road that starts from near Gwydir Castle on the B5106. The latter is the better road. Once here, make sure to be …

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Lon Eifion Cycletrack

The beauty of the Lon Eifion cycletrack is that you can take it easy and do a short cycle to one of the many facilities on the way, or do the whole lot and back again without stopping if you want a bit more of a workout. It’s ideal for running as well. The Lon Eifion …

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Lon Gwyrfai Rough Route

This is a pleasant run or cycle from Caernarfon to Waunfawr and back again.. It’s mainly on country lanes, but there’s one stretch over the flanks of Moel Smytho that takes you over a pleasant green lane that’s almost easy enough for a hybrid. Back through Waunfawr, where you may well stop off at the …

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The Beast of Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Route

From the FC Website: “A combination of the Dragons Back and MBR routes, giving a long gruelling challenge.” This isn’t called the Beast for nothing. OS Map Required OS Explorer 18 Landranger 124 Click here for a printable map and guide from the Forestry Commission website.

Marin Trail Mountain Bike Route

From the FC Website: “The Marin Trail is a proper mountain bike trail in every sense of the term. Big climbs, big descents, brilliant singletrack and truly awesome scenery make this a trail to remember. Most, but not all, of the climbs are on forest roads and tracks giving you time to take in the …

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