Coed y Brenin mountain bike trail centre is in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales near Dolgellau. The trail network is constantly being expanded and includes 3 red, 3 black, 1 blue, 1 green and a brand new freeride and skills area.
The terrain at coed y Brenin is a combination of natural trails and armoured man-made sections.
Being the very first dedicated trail centre in the UK it has the respect of the whole community far and wide. Even today it is still one of the largest MTB centres with 7 single-track trails that cover an impressive 140 km.
Y Ffowndri Skills Area
- The new free ride zone snakes down the slope with 8 bermed turns and plenty of features to get you airborne. There is also a drop-off zone and a single track zone Features of note are the Sideways slab at the end of the black section and the Lemming stone in the Drop off zone. There is also a bunnyhop section and a kids training zone.
There are three red mountain bike trails:
- The Temtiwr is 8.7km long. This is a short but technical trail – not for novices. Has one long climb on fire road and a great fun technical rocky descent.
- The Cyflym trail is 10.8km long. Starting down Yr Afon Trail, Cyflym coch cuts left up a short technical climb onto Pinderosa. It then pieces together the best of Coed y Brenin’s fast and flowing trail sections. Climbs are relatively short.
- The Dragons Back trail is 31.1km. Previous mountain biking experience is recommended should you decide to tackle this trail. Long climbs, tight singletrack and long and fast descents.
And three black mountain bike trails:
- The MBR is 18.4km long. This predominantly open and flowing trail offers long sweeping descents through spectacular scenery. The new section of the Pink Heifer is something special. Once at the bottom, expect to climb and then descend the “Beginning of the End”, the most technically challenging section of the trail.
Beast of Brenin
- The Beast of Brenin is a tough 38.2km. A long distance route only for the fit.
The Tawr is 20.2km long. It is a technically challenging ride with twisty, rocky sections and fast flowing descents. This was the original trail here and a newly upgraded section was added in 2016 with a slab the "yslab"
- The 10km blue trail is quite unique as it is one of the first truly inclusive trails being specially adapted to be ridden by disabled people. It is made up of three loops with the final loop being the most technical.
Yr Afon (Green)
- This 10.8km trail. One for the family to enjoy (although there are a few climbs). It is mainly on forest road and there is a shorter 7km option.
- In 2015 Coed y Brenin took 3rd place for iBikeRide UK Trail of the Year, 2nd place for Welsh Trail of the Year and 2nd place for XC Centre of the Year awards.
- In 2014 Coed y Brenin took 3rd place in the iBikeRide Trail of the Year award for Wales and 3rd place in the Trail of the Year award for XC.
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