Visiting Snowdonia

Coed y Brenin (© Aneurin Pphilips)

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Cycling & Mountain Biking

Snowdonia has become one of the most popular destinations for outdoor activities in the UK. People visit Snowdonia from all over the world to explore this dramatic and beautiful area.

Snowdonia is renowned for its walking and climbing but it also has some of the best mountain biking facilities in the world! Water sports and fishing are extremely popular here with plenty of lakes, rivers and coastline to enjoy! There are extensive bridleways networks within the National Park for those who like to explore on horse back, and there are world-class golf courses here. On a rainy day, why not visit one of the Leisure Centres to enjoy the variety of facilities on offer?

Further information on outdoor activities in Snowdonia can be found on the Snowdonia Active website.

Mawddach Trail

Mawddach Trail (© SNPA)

Marin Trail, Gwydir

Marin Trail

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 views of the mountains of Snowdonia, and all of the descents are on singletrack. The singletrack varies from very tight, technical and rocky to wonderfully open and flowing, from dark forest to exposed ridgelines.

Distance: 15.5 miles / 25km

Time: About 3 hours

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Mawddach Trail

Mawddach Trail, Dolgellau

The Mawddach Trail is an 9 mile stretch of former railway track that follows the river from Morfa Mawddach (at the South side of the Barmouth railway bridge), up to Dolgellau. It is managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority as a leisure route for walkers and cyclists, and is part of the Sustrans Cross - Wales Cycling Route - No 8.

Distance: 9 miles from Dolgellau to Barmouth (one way)

Time: Approximately 2 hours (one way), without long stops.

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Beddgelert Forest

Beddgelert Forest

Enjoy the stunning views east towards Snowdon along the Beddgelert Forest mountain biking trails. There are two loops which are the Yellow Trail which is 9.5km and the Green Trail which is 4km.

Distance: Varied

Time: Varied

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Penmachno Forest

Penmachno Forest

The Penmachno Forest mountain biking trails are challenging with steady climbs and with spectacular views. They are maintained by the local Menter Bro Machno. There are two loops which are Dolen Machno (Loop 1) which is 19km and Dolen Eryri (Loop 2) is 11km. The Penmachno Trail which is the combined Loop 1 & Loop 2 is 30km.

Distance: Varied

Time: Varied

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Lôn Gwyrfai

Lôn Gwyrfai

This is a multi-use recreational path created especially for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The path leads through a variety of landscapes offering fantastic views of the surrounding area.

Distance: Approximately 4½ miles / 7 kilometres

Time: Approximately 1 hour (one way), without long stops.

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Coed y Brenin

Coed y Brenin

Coed y Brenin, north of Dolgellau, is owned by the Forestry Commission and is home to a network of fantastic hand built all weather single tracks. Either challenge yourself on some of the best mountain biking single tracks in the UK or take the family cycling route alongside the river Mawddach - there's something here for everyone! You can also relax at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre and enjoy excellent home-made food. There are 7 trails in total varying from “green” easy trails to “black” severe trails. Maps of the trails can be bought from the Visitor Centre.

Distance: Varied

Time: Varied

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Access

It is important to remember that most land in the Snowdonia National Park is privately owned and farmed, and that access is by Public Right of Way only.

For off-road cyclists, Rights of Way are:

  • Bridleways - Cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders.
  • RUPPS - (Roads used as Public Paths) These are normally legally available to cyclists.
  • Unclassified County Roads - These are shown as white roads on Ordnance Survey Maps, but, private roads are also shown in this way. Cyclists are advised to check their status on the definitive maps held by the Highway Authority.

It is important to note that:

  • Public Footpaths are for pedestrians only.
  • On Open Land there is no right of access without the landowner’s permission, except where a bridleway or RUPP crosses the land.

Please keep to Rights of Way.
You will minimise disturbance to farmers and their livestock, wild animals, birds and plants.

Remember to follow the IMBAs Rules of the Trail.
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Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)