North Wales

  • The Marin and Moel Siabod GPX MTB route

    The Marin and Moel Siabod GPX mountain bike route is a moderately graded and 26.5 miles long in North Wales. It adds a loop of natural trails into the middle of the Marin Trail. It uses part of the historic Sarn Helen trail to head south from the Marin Trail before a return leg below Moel Siabod. This extra loop has a mixture of forest tracks, rutted double track, bouldery descending and fantastic views. It kicks off from the Marin car park. 


    GPS log courtesy of The ‘Flattyres-MTB’.


    A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: The Marin and Moel Siabod


     

  • Cadair Berwyn Loop

    Cadair Berwyn Loop is a mountain bike track in the westtern ene of Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded as Hard / Difficult and is 32 miles long. It circles the mountain in a clockwise direction with a pretty equal split between quite country lanes and middle of nowhere feeling moors.  The ride incorporates some of the best descents the area has to offer, including the Wayfarer. It’s a fun but hard ride with fantastic views, definitely one of my favourites.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cadair Berwyn Loop

  • Cadair Berwyn Loop (New)

    Cadair Berwyn Loop is a mountain bike track in the western end of Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded as Hard / Difficult and is 32 miles long. It circles the mountain in a clockwise direction with a pretty equal split between quite country lanes and middle of nowhere feeling moors.  The ride incorporates some of the best descents the area has to offer, including the Wayfarer. It’s a fun but hard ride with fantastic views, definitely one of my favourites.

    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cadair Berwyn Loop

  • Cadair Idris

    Cadair Idris in a mountain bike route in Snowdonia in North Wales. It is graded hard / difficult in technical ability and is 15.5 miles long. It takes you to the summit of Cadair Idris, an 893m mountain near Dolgellau on the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. It is a big mountain with a good variety of trails including double track, grassy trails, sinlgetrack and a final 1.5 miles of boulder strewn trail at the top. While there is some hike-a-biking the mountain is mostly ridable, if you have the legs for it.


    It starts from the Community Centre car park in Abergynolwyn (GR677069).


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB


    A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cadair Idris

  • Ceiriog Valley and the Vale of Llangollen

    Ceiriog Valley and the Vale of Llangollen mountain bike route takes in the Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded moderate in technical ability and is 21.3 miles long and starts in Glyn Ceiriog.  It takes in the trails towards the eastern end of the Ceiriog Valley and for a short time drops into the Vale of Llangollen. This ride contains some testing climbs, which are paid back by some fast rocky descents and fantastic views. Start from the car park by the Community Centre in Glyn Ceiriog (GR204379)


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Ceiriog Valley and the Vale of Llangollen

  • Cilcain and Keegan's Lane

    Cilcain and Keegan's Lane route is a mountain bike route of 11.4 miles that starts just above the village of Cilcain in the Clwydian Range in North Wales. The route includes some of the best descents these hills have to offer including Keegan’s lane, at the bottom of which the famous footballer used to live (so I’m told, as I ride bikes). The ride has great variety with fast as you dare rocky double track, flowing singletrack, a big climb and some stunning views.

    1. The ride starts from the view point car park above Cilcain (GR170652). Turn right from the car park the follow the lane up a gentle climb to a crossroad junction (GR166653). Go across the junction then climb the lane straight on. Go past a farm on the right where the lane becomes a dirt track. Bear right then left on the double track through the trees, then immediately after leaving the trees bear right then left again. 

    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cilcain and Keegan's Lane

  • Cilcain and Moel Famau Forest

    Cilcain and Moel Famau Forest mountain bike route in the Clwydian Range in North Wales is graded as easy and is 11.2 miles long. It starts from the view point car park on the lanes above Cilcain, a village situated just below the Clwydian Range in North Wales. The route is a good mixture of singletrack, fire roads, double track and great views. Some of the climbs might get you sweating but it finishes with a two mile desent that will put a big smile on your face.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cilcain and Moel Famau Forest

  • Cilcain and the Vale of Clwyd

    Cilcain and the Vale of Clwyd mountain bike route is in the Clwydian Range in North Wales. It is graded as technically moderate and is 18 miles  long. It takes in the low trails to the east of Moel Famau, on the way to Cilcain. After climbing to the ridge of the Clwydian Range the second half follows trails used in my 'Moel Famau and the Vale of Clwyd' route. The ride is more challenging than the Moel Famau route as the trails to Cilcain, and the descent into the Vale of Clwyd, are a bit more tricky. It's also 2 miles longer. Pretty much rideable all year round but muddy when wet.


    It start from the Moel Famau lower car park (GR172611).


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    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Cilcain and the Vale of Clwyd

  • Conwy and the North Wales Path

    This mountain bike route of 19.1 miles starts from just outside Conwy in North Wales. It contains some hard riding, including a long rocky climb to the summit of Drum mountain at 770m. The pay back is a 3.5 mile descent from the summit and that’s only one of a number of great descents. As well as good riding there are fantastic views across the coast and the Great Orme.


    The ride starts from a car park at a junction on the Sychnant pass road, by Crow's Nest Hall (GR759769). Turn right out of the exit to the car park and follow the singletrack lane away from the road junction, keeping the hill on the right. Stay on the lane and follow it all the way to where it ends to a T-junction (GR764756). Turn right and start the first big climb of the day. Go straight on at the next junction then, after a left then right hand bend, go straight on at the following junction. At a junction with a track on the right follow the lane left over a stream, then bear right past a track on the left. Continue climbing the lane to a forked junction at a house (GR754745). Turn left and follow the sign for the chapel. Ignore the next road on the left and continue climbing the tarmac. Near the top of the hill, by a farm on the right, go straight through a gate and onto the concrete track. A short distance later take the muddy track on the left and follow it to a junction at the top of the climb (GR751738).


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Conwy and the North Wales Path

  • Dolgellau and Rhydcriw

    Dolgellau and Rhydcriw mountain bike route is in Snowdonia in North Wales. It is graded difficult and is 30 miles long. It starts on the outskirts of Dolgellau in Wales, just south of Coed-y-Brenin. It follows a figure of eight route along the north and western flanks of Cadair Idris. There is a good mixture of trails from rolling double track to technical rocky sections with a nice bit of singletrack thrown in. There are also a few of long sections of tarmac but they are mostly on (big) climbs, accompanied by the stunning mountainous scenery of southern Snowdonia and the Irish Sea.


    Start from the Mawddach Trail car park just outside Dolgellau on the junction of the A493 and A470 (GR714182)


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Dolgellau and Rhydcriw

  • Graianrhyd and Nercwys Forest

    Graianrhyd and Nercwys Forest mountain bike route in the Clwydian Range on North Wales. It is graded easy and is 9.8 miles long. It starts from the car park at the Rose and Crown in Graianrhyd (please pop in and let the landlord know you’re there). Graianrhyd is a a small village to the east of the Clwydian Range. It follows the trails through the low hills around Eryrys and Nercwys Forest for some great riding on a mixture of double track, singletrack and forest track.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Graianrhyd and Nercwys Forest


     

  • Gyrn Moelfre - Long Version

    Gyrn Moelfre is a moutnain bike trail that takes in the Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. This is the longer version of the route (see medium version here). It is also graded moderate for technical ability and 23.5 miles long and starts in Glyn Ceiriog, and travels through the hills to the south side of the Ceiriog Valley. Stunning scenery and great riding make this loop well worth it. There is lots of great descending on this route but make sure you take your climbing legs as there are plenty of long steep climbs.


    It starts from the car park by the community centre in Glyn Ceiriog (GR204379)


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Gyrn Moelfre Long Version

  • Hope Mountain

    This mountain bike route of 7.3 miles starts from Ffrith and travels over Hope Mountain, one of the first hills on the Welsh side of the North Wales border, near Chester and not far from the Clwydian Range. While there are some steep climbs they are on quiet country lanes, which makes accessing the trails on the hills a little easier. It’s a quiet area with stunning views and some fun riding, so great for a morning or afternoon blast. Some of the trails can be quite muddy in the wet.

    It kicks off from the small bridge over the stream on the main road through Ffrith. Head into the village, immediately passing the gated entrance to the village hall and playing fields on the right. Continue ahead to the far side of the village where the road goes up a short climb to a junction with a lane on the right. Go straight on along the road to head up the valley, eventually coming to a junction with a road on the left dropping into the bottom of the valley. Go straight on and climb the road into Llanfynydd, to a junction by the pub in the middle of the village. 

    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Hope Mountain.

  • Hope Mountain GPS

    This mountain bike route of 7.3 miles starts from Ffrith and travels over Hope Mountain, one of the first hills on the Welsh side of the North Wales border, near Chester and not far from the Clwydian Range. While there are some steep climbs they are on quiet country lanes, which makes accessing the trails on the hills a little easier. It’s a quiet area with stunning views and some fun riding, so great for a morning or afternoon blast. Some of the trails can be quite muddy in the wet.

    It kicks off from the small bridge over the stream on the main road through Ffrith. Head into the village, immediately passing the gated entrance to the village hall and playing fields on the right. Continue ahead to the far side of the village where the road goes up a short climb to a junction with a lane on the right. Go straight on along the road to head up the valley, eventually coming to a junction with a road on the left dropping into the bottom of the valley. Go straight on and climb the road into Llanfynydd, to a junction by the pub in the middle of the village. 

    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Hope Mountain.

  • Llandegla and Back

    Llandegla and Back mountain bike route is in the Clwydian Range in North Wales. I tis graded Difficult/ Hard and is 36.3 miles long. It starts from the Moel Famau car park. Using a mixture of tarmac and trails it heads out through Nercwys Forest on the way to the manmade singletrack at Llandegla. After taking in the Black Route leave the forest on the historic Offa’s Dyke trail before returning to Moel Famau along the ridge of the Clwyds. This big day out in the hills is a great mixture of pure XC and singletrack fun with good café stops on the way.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Llandegla and Back


     

  • Llyn Cowlyd

    The Llyn Cowlyd mountain bike route is in Snowdonia in North Wales. It is graded as Difficult/ Hard and is 16.9 miles long. It starts from the Crafnant car park just above Trefriw in the Conwy Valley. Although the ride is not that long it takes in a good few miles of technical, rocky trails through the stunning scenery the Snowdonia National Park. This is combined with a very 'out in the wilds' feeling, which can become even wilder in bad weather, especially in the high valley that contains Llyn Cowlyd.


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    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Llyn Cowlyd

  • Moel Arthur Circuits

    Moel Arthur Circuits in the Clwydian Range in North Wales is a moderately graded 20 mile long mountain bike route. It comprises of two loops starting the car park at Moel Arthur in the Clwydian Range. The first loop is a fairly easy loop of 11miles with nothing too technical or too steep. The second loop, although shorter at 9.5miles, has some rocky, loose descents and climbs that are long and steep in places. Most of the ride takes place on rocky doubletrack but being the Clwyds if it is wet it will also be muddy.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Moel Arthur Circuits

  • Moel Famau and the Vale of Clwyd

    Moel Famau and the Vale of Clwyd in the the Clwydian Range in North Wales is a moderately graded 16 mile mountain bike route. The Clwydian Range, a chain of hills just inside the North Wales border near Chester. The riding on this route, although not very technical, is enjoyable as it has a good mixture of trails and a great descent off Moel Famau into the Vale of Clwyd. The trails are pretty much ridable all year but when it's wet it's muddy.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Moel Famau and the Vale of Clwyd

  • Pen y Gwely Reservoir

    The Pen y Gwely Reservoir mountain bike route takes in the Ceiriog Valley, Llangollen and the Berwyns in North Wales. It is graded Easy and is 12.6 miles long. 


    It starts in the car park by the community centre in Glyn Ceiriog, a village in the Ceiriog Valley in North Wales. Although it's an easy ride it does start with a big climb out of the valley but it is on tarmac. Once at the top the route retains its altitude, staying on the undulating trails across the hill tops until the final big descent back into the Ceiriog Valley. It's definitely worth the effort of the first climb.


    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Pen y Gwely Reservoir


     

  • Snowdon - Llanberis Path

    The Snowdon - Llanberis Path 10 mile mountain bike GPS route starts in Llanberis, in Snowdonia, North Wales and climbs the Llanberis Path to the summit of Snowdon before returning down the same track.It is graded Difficult/ Hard. Before attempting this, or any of the other Snowdon routes, remember even though it is covered in tourists Snowdon is a big mountain, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. The majority of the riding is made up of steep, bouldery trials that will test your riding skills to the limit. The percentages on what is ridable are based on a very fit rider comfortable with Scottish level black runs. Which ever route you choose there will be a certain amount of hike-a-biking, so you must be happy with pushing and carrying your bike. Also, please adhere to the times of the voluntary bike ban.


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    GPS log courtesy of Flattyres-MTB. A full route guide for this ride is available on their website here: Snowdon - Llanberis Path.

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