Cycling & Mountain Biking
Snowdonia has become one of the most popular destinations for outdoor activities in the UK. People visit Snowdonia from all over the world to explore this dramatic and beautiful area.
Snowdonia is renowned for its walking and climbing but it also has some of the best mountain biking facilities in the world! Water sports and fishing are extremely popular here with plenty of lakes, rivers and coastline to enjoy! There are extensive bridleways networks within the National Park for those who like to explore on horse back, and there are world-class golf courses here. On a rainy day, why not visit one of the Leisure Centres to enjoy the variety of facilities on offer?
Further information on outdoor activities in Snowdonia can be found on the Snowdonia Active website.
It is important to remember that most land in the Snowdonia National Park is privately owned and farmed, and that access is by Public Right of Way only.More about cycling access
Mawddach Trail (© SNPA)
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.
Distance: 15.5 miles / 25km
Time: About 3 hours« more details
The Mawddach Trail is an 9 mile stretch of former railway track that follows the river from Morfa Mawddach (at the South side of the Barmouth railway bridge), up to Dolgellau. It is managed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority as a leisure route for walkers and cyclists, and is part of the Sustrans Cross - Wales Cycling Route - No 8.
Distance: 9 miles from Dolgellau to Barmouth (one way)
Time: Approximately 2 hours (one way), without long stops.« more details
The Penmachno Forest mountain biking trails are challenging with steady climbs and with spectacular views. They are maintained by the local Menter Bro Machno. There are two loops which are Dolen Machno (Loop 1) which is 19km and Dolen Eryri (Loop 2) is 11km. The Penmachno Trail which is the combined Loop 1 & Loop 2 is 30km.
Time: Varied« more details
This is a multi-use recreational path created especially for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The path leads through a variety of landscapes offering fantastic views of the surrounding area.
Distance: Approximately 4½ miles / 7 kilometres
Time: Approximately 1 hour (one way), without long stops.« more details
Coed y Brenin, north of Dolgellau, is owned by the Forestry Commission and is home to a network of fantastic hand built all weather single tracks. Either challenge yourself on some of the best mountain biking single tracks in the UK or take the family cycling route alongside the river Mawddach - there's something here for everyone! You can also relax at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre and enjoy excellent home-made food. There are 7 trails in total varying from “green” easy trails to “black” severe trails. Maps of the trails can be bought from the Visitor Centre.
Time: Varied« more details