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Mountain biking & cycle touring

Things to do in the Snowdonia National Park - Cycling through Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia Gwynedd. (Photo: Visit Wales)
Cycling through Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia Gwynedd. (Photo: Visit Wales)


Coed y Brenin and beyond

Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike centre

For the mountain bike enthusiast we have some of the best rides in Wales! The mountain bike haven of Coed-y-Brenin forest, just a few miles from the hotel, is home to an ever-increasing network of fantastic hand-built, all weather single tracks and even a dual slalom course. The technical roller coaster riding will have you grinning like a fool, with stunning mountain views of surrounding Snowdonia and the coast that'll take your breath away.

There is a range of trails to suit different mountain biking skills and fitness levels. Each trail carries a difficulty grade ranging from easy to severe.


Trail nameLengthAbility level
Yr Afon10.8kmEasy
Cyflym Coch10.8kmDifficult
Dragons Back31.1kmSevere
Beast of Brenin38.2kmSevere


Latest details about the Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike trails can be found on the Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike website.


Cycling and cycle touring

Biking the Mawddach Trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth

Biking the Mawddach Trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth.

Cycling along the Cader Road around Cregennan Lakes

If mountain biking is a bit too energetic for you, there are lots of quiet country lanes to explore in the area.

There is a circular ride from the hotel which takes in many panoramic views. The clockwise route proceeds up the Cader Road, around Cregennan Lakes, descends down a gated 'B' road and then back along the Mawddach railway trail to Penmaenpool. The hotel owners are keen cyclists and will be happy to provide recommended bike rides to places of interest.

A recent visitor to Penmaenuchaf wrote: "The hazard in touring cycling is that it's difficult to balance the need for safety with the urge to twist around in the saddle and gaze at the splendid scenery. If you ride north from Barmouth to Harlech and beyond on the coast road, this problem is neatly solved by the Llyn Peninsula. All the way - if the weather is clear - you can easily glance up from the road and feast on the outline and changing colours with little or no risk."









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