Guide to Mountain Biking in North Wales – #1 Trail Centres

North Wales is the perfect destination for mountain biking, with graded trail centres, big mountains and remote singletrack there is something for everybody. Families will love the purpose built destinations with cafes and lots of facilities. Downhillers will be rave about the bike parks with uplifts and some very challenging trails. Those looking for a challenge or a big adventure will find it in the hills and valleys of North Wales. Whether its a day out, weekend break or holiday, North Wales is a great place to go mountain biking.

Today we are talking about trail centres.

Coed-y-Brenin near Dolgellau was the first and is still one, if not the best in the UK. It has a great cafe, good bike shop with a good selection of rental bikes,  lots of car parking and eight purpose built mountain biking trails graded from green (easy) to black (difficult/expert). The highlight of which is the Beast trail graded black.

Coed Llandegla just east of Wrexham, with similar facilities to-Coed-y-Brenin has quickly established itself as the one of the best trails centres in the UK. I t has four trails graded green to black. These are well suited to anybody, from families to serious riders and anybody in between. With good facilities on site including walking trails they will also appeal to non-mountain bikers. Here is a video of Neil Donohue riding at Coed Llandegla.


Other trail centres include the Marin Trail near Llanrwst, Penmachno near Betws-y-Coed and Nant-yr-Arian near Aberystwyth. These are designed for the intermediate to advanced rider with no facilities on site and just one trail typically between 20 and 30 km in length. You should come prepared with spares and a first aid kit for these trails and as such are more suited to experienced riders.

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