Guide to Coed-y-Brenin

coed y brenin guide

When you are planning a Mountain Biking trip to Wales you can’t ignore Coed-y-Brenin and it’s eight purpose built trails. Here is our guide to getting the most out of a visit.


Coed-y-Brenin isn’t really served very well by public transport so you are best off driving here. The post code for the Coed-y-Brenin Visitors Centre is LL40 2HZ.

There is a huge car park which will cost you a couple of pounds for a few hours so make sure you bring some change.


The visitors centre has a bike shop, bike hire, cafe, showers, toilets and bike wash.

The Trail Grades

All the trails are graded like ski runs; green is easy, blue is moderate, red difficult and black serve.


Trail Grade Distance (km) Duration (hrs) Vertical (m)
Afon Trail Green 10 1-3 100
Minor Taur Blue 35 0:20-0:301:30-2 5090
Temitiwr Red 9 0:30-1 170
Cyflyn Coch Trail Red 10 1:30-2 200
Dragons Back Trai Red 31 3-5 710
MBR Trail Black 18 1:30-3 410
Tawr Trail Black 20 1:30-3 460
Beast Trail Black 38 3-6 990


Click on the links for route maps:


Afon Trail (10km/1-3 hours/Climb 100m)

A family trail with little climbing mostly on fire road and lots of great views.


Minor Taur (3km/20-40 mins/climb 50m or 5km/1.5 – 2 hours/climb 90m)

A easy introduction to the world of single track mountain bike trails with a few rollable obstacles

to gain your confidence on.


– Temitiwr (9km/0.5 – 1 hour/climb 170m)

This trail is short and sweet. It gives a real good taste of the potential at Coed-y-Brenin with drops, ford crossings and stoney single track it’s definitely worth a go.

Cyflyn Coch Trail (10km/1.5 – 3 hours/climb 200m)

Short climbs with fast flowing descents give you a little taste of what you can expect on the bigger trails.

Dragons Back Trail (31km/3- 5 hours/Climb 710m)

Long climbs and tight single track with fast flowing descents have made this a firm favourite amongst the punters. It’s a bit longer than the average red so a good option for those not sure about a black yet.


MBR Trail (18km/1.5-3 hours/Climb 410m)

A mix of rocky, technical descents with plenty of drops and jumps a fast flowing descent to finish means this trail is lots on of fun to ride.

Tawr Trail (20km/1.5- 3hours/Climb 460m)

The oldest trail and most technically demanding on the all the trails in the forest. The climbs are all mostly on fire road and seem to go on forever however the descents make up for it with twisty, rocky and fast following single track that will blow your mind.

Beast Trail (38km/3-6 hours/Climb 990m)

This is the longest and most demanding route and should only be attempted be the fit and able. It’s a combination of the Dragons Back and the MBR.

Beyond Coed-y-Brenin

There is plenty of scope here for an extended visit plus the are more trail centre a short drive away such as the Cli-max trail 25 minute drive south at Corris and the Mach trails are a 35 minute drive south at Machynlleth. There is also Pont Secthin route along old welsh drovers tracks above the Mawddach estuary takes you high into the remote hills of snowdonia. Or if you like climbing then maybe try Cadiar Idris with a cycle trail all the way to the summit. Be warned it is a brutal climb that gets almost impossible near the top but the descent is amazing.


Make a weekend of it with Hit the Hills. Great accommodation, delicious food and close to Coed-y-Brenin.

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