The Marin Trail is a proper mountain bike trail in every sense of the term. Big climbs, big descents, brilliant singletrack and truly awesome scenery make this a trail to remember. Most, but not all, of the climbs are on forest roads and tracks giving you time to take in the views of the mountains of Snowdonia, and all of the descents are on singletrack. The singletrack varies from very tight, technical and rocky to wonderfully open and flowing, from dark forest to exposed ridgelines.
A map of the Marin Trail can be bought from the Betws y Coed Tourist Information Centre. It is also advisable that you carry the relevant OS map with you.
Distance: 15.5 miles / 25km
Time: About 3 hours
Level: Red (Difficult) - Suitable for experienced mountain bikers
Start: Car park near Nant Cottage in Gwydir Forest
(SH 781 601)
Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL17 (Snowdon & Conwy Valley).
The Forestry Commission have created a number of waymarked walks within the Gwydir Forest. Visit their website for more information.