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image for Cycle Route item typeThe Dragon's Back Mountain Bike Trail at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS

Cycle Route, free entry

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Coed Y Brenin Visitor Centre

Details

The Dragon's Back (red difficult grade) Mountain Bike Trail (19.3 miles, 31.1 kilometres).
The Dragon's Back is one of those understated quietly classic trails that always seems to
surprise at just how good it is.

It starts off hard, leaving you under no illusions that your skills better be up to scratch, but then
leads you into the sublime Dream Time where the flow feels so easy,nbyou'll be day dreaming about this throughout the weeks daily grind! Big Dug leads you through the towering Douglas Firs, the kings of Coed y Brenin (The King's Wood). Ride Hermon as fast as you dare, before the big climb to the highest point in the forest, with superb views of Snowdonia's mountains and the best series of descents to come. The Adams family, five sections of downhill fun to pay back your efforts.

The Dragon's Back, an iconic Welsh trail that has matured well and can be appreciated with fellow souls over a pint of locally brewed real ale. Iechyd da/cheers!

More information in relation to whether or not this is suitable for you and where you can get training can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website.

The bike wash facility is - £0.50 (token from Bike Shop)
The showers are - £1.00 for 3 mins

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

Duration: 3-5hrs

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcome

Coed y Brenin visitor centre The Visitor Centre has the following facilities: Toilets (including disabled toilets) Showers (in male, female and disabled changing rooms) Bike wash (token from visitor centre shop/information desk) Café (see above) Shop Information desk Picnic sites and BBQ There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails. Some of the picnic tables have metal frames for holding disposable barbeques. There are also stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites. Please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.

Opening details

Summer opening times: 9.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5pm

Winter opening times: 9.30am - 4.30pm from Monday to Friday
Saturdays and Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Enquiries

01341 440747

Address

Ganllwyd,
Dolgellau,
Gwynedd,
LL40 2HZ

Location

Directions

Plan route to Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 723268  Lat: 52.82356 Long: -3.89658

East off the A470, 8 miles North of Dolgellau just North of Ganllwyd, South of Trawsfynydd/Porthmadog. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Local public transport is available, however the nearest train station is Barmouth.

Cycle Network: NCN route 82, Lon Las (North) and Lon Las Cymru all pass through the centre.

www.traveline-cymru.info

www.sustrans.org.uk

Parking charges:
1 hour - £1
up 3 hours - £3.00
All day - £5.00
Blue Badge Parking is also available (4 bays in front of the centre)

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 15 miles from Barmouth station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Coed y Brenin visitor centre The Visitor Centre has the following facilities: Toilets (including disabled toilets) Showers (in male, female and disabled changing rooms) Bike wash (token from visitor centre shop/information desk) Café (see above) Shop Information desk Picnic sites and BBQ There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails. Some of the picnic tables have metal frames for holding disposable barbeques. There are also stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites. Please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.