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Snowdonia and North Wales

Cycling and MTB

On this page (click to see) – Family Cycling, For the more dedicated, Clubs and associations, Cycle Hire

Family Cycling

There are a number of cycle tracks in the Snowdonia and North Wales area suitable for family cycling, though with young children you may need to select your route with stops and refreshments in mind. I hope you find the following useful.

Mawddach Trail – Follow the old railway track along the Mawddach Estuary the most scenic of routes from Dolgaue to Barmouth – 9 miles each way, parking and picnic sites along the route. RSPB reserve and the Railway Bridge to cross from which you can view the estuary in all its glory

for more info see www.mawddachestuary.co.uk

North Wales Coastal Cycleway / Cycle Path – There is 34 miles of cycle path along the North Wales coast between Talacre and Penmaenmawr see – www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Coed Llandegla Mountain Bike Trails for all abilities – Tourist areas tend to have hot spots, generally because they have some intrinsic attraction and have developed the infrastructure and services for visitors. These are popular for a reason and so deserve a mention.
for more info see www.coedllandegla.com

The Alwen Trail – 7.5 miles (11 Km) easy-to-follow, waymarked, circular route around the Alwen Reservoir
for more info see naturalresources.wales/…

Lon Eifion Cycleway / Cycle Path – Caernarfon to Bryncir – This scenic 12.5 mile cycle path has recently been upgraded and now has an excellent hard surface all the way. For much of its course it is wider than most cycle paths – as wide in fact as many country lanes.
see – www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

For the more dedicated and experienced

Offroad Cycle Ride from Betws-y-Coed – Approx 24km Forest tracks above Betws-y-Coed with fine mountain views. Goes along an ancient Roman Road, passing the deserted village of Rhwddolion, and visits Llyn Elsi
for more info see www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Off-road Rides from Llanberis – Bwlch Maesgwm (Sometimes referred to as Telegraph pass) about 3 hours circular route
– see www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Penllyn Forest Off-Road Ride (Bala) 18 km This route was devised for the Welsh Festival of Cycling as a half day off road route. It is suitable for most touring bikes which will need to be carried at 2 or 3 points but really is best for mountain bikes, though suspension is not essential..
for more info see www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Cycle ride from Colwyn Bay – 17 miles Though the ride goes through a mile or so of built-up area shortly after the start, you soon reach the village of Llysfaen and then pass through lovely limestone country. The return is by the edge of the sea on a delightful coastal cycleway
for more info see www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Coed-y-Brenin – Forestry Commission Wales’ mountain bike Mecca, Coed y Brenin was the first forest to be developed for the sport of mountain biking and to this day retains its reputation as the sports premier location.
for more info see www.mbwales.com

Hiraethog – If you’ve never been to the Hiraethog area before, then you’ve been missing out on some great wilderness mountain biking – The Mynydd Hiraethog area comprises of Clocaenog Forest, Lynn Brenig and Alwen reservoirs and Denbigh moors
for more info see www.hiraethog.org.uk/…

Machynlleth – The original Mach 1-3 trails take you as far out into the wilderness as you want to go on natural, but no less challenging trails. Meanwhile the more recent cli-machx trail winds you high into Dyfi forest before firing you down superbly technical singletrack descents that seem to go on forever – for more info see www.mbwales.com and www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk

Betws-Y- Coed – Now the 100kms of legendary local routes are boosted by two superb, but very different man made trails at Gwydyr Forest and Penmachno.
– …20 miles circular route see – www.mbwales.com

Gwydir Forest – Situated between Betws-y-Coed and Llanwrst, Gwydyr Forest is an awesome back drop for some epic riding. 25km – grade red
see naturalresources.wales/…

Lake Vyrnwy (13 miles) – Park at the visitor centre. There are plenty of places around here to eat and fill up with fluids before you head off.
see – www.oldbarncafe.com/…

Marin Trail – 25 Killometres long and is a proper mountain bike trail in every sense of the word.

The Penmachno Trails are the hidden gem of North Wales mountain biking; 30km of super-sweet single-track and scenic forest trail, riding high through Snowdonia National Park.

More info is available on these websites – www.mbwales.com, www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk

Clubs and associations

www.rhoscycling.com – Rhos on Sea Cycling club

www.rhylcyclingclub.org.uk – Rhyl Cycling Club

www.vcmelyd.co.uk – V.C.Melyd (Prestatyn ) – We ride bikes; road, mountain and occasionally track

www.energycycles.co.uk – Energy Cycles Club (Gwynedd / Anglesey)

www.clwbrasiomona.wales – Clwb Rasio Mona (Anglesey)

www.bmbo.org.uk – British Mountain Bike Orienteering

www.nwmba.org.uk – North Wales Mountain Bike Association

Cycle Hire

Beddgelert Bikes – Mountain Bike Hire

Beics Betws – Betws y Coed

Dolgellau Cycles

Llanberis Bike Hire

Llandudno Bike Hire

Old Barn Cafe Cycle Hire – Lake Vyrnwy

Snowdonia Cycles – Llanbedr

Véloconwy – Llandudno Junction