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Natural Resources Wales has launched 6 new Gravel trails at Coed y Brenin. All happening whilst there is still major uncertainty on the future of the Coed Y Brenin Visitors Centre (NB there are proposals for a local community group to take on the management of the site).

The six adventure trails draw inspiration from Welsh myths and legends. They cater to everyone, from novice cyclists and families to seasoned riders. With routes ranging from 9km to 55km (which can be combined by linking two of the longest routes), there’s something for every level of ability and fitness.

These mostly traffic-free gravel trails allow cyclists to explore the wilder areas of Coed y Brenin. As you pedal through this beautiful forest in Eryri National Park, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains, encounter historical mine workings, and pass by old farmsteads.

NRW’s Recreation Team has worked diligently over the past year to develop these routes. By waymarking existing forest roads, bridleways, and permissive paths, they’ve created easy-to-follow trails. Importantly, this project enhances accessibility without requiring costly new trail construction.

For those new to off-road cycling, these trails provide an introduction to adventure cycling. They might even inspire riders to attempt the Traws Eryri cycle route, which NRW and Cycling UK launched last year

So great the cash can be found for this and as part of the bigger offering, this is good news. But rather than focusing on a shiny new cycling fad lets get back to investing in the core MTB proposition, please. 

I'm curious who's already got a Gravel Bike? Thinking about it? Not going there?

Check out the iBikeRide listing: Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre (

Published: 30/05//2024

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