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Mountain Biking:Coed y Brenin | Mountain Bike Trails at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

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Coed Y Brenin Mountain Biking

Coed Y Brenin Mountain Biking


Located in Snowdonia National Park, Coed y Brenin offers some of the most exciting, Mountain Biking routes in Wales. From the novice to the expert, there are miles of challenging trails to test your skills, what ever your level.

All the bike trails start and finish from the Visitor Centre. They are waymarked and have been graded for difficulty. At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.

Y Ffowndri skills area has examples of the features found on different levels of graded mountain bike trails. There are training areas for new riders to learn and develop riding techniques. It is also a great place for more experienced riders to warm up or wind down after a ride.

Zone 1: Training Zone - Grades: Green/Easy – Blue/Moderate
If you’re new to mountain biking or want to learn off‑road riding techniques the Training Zone is the place to start.
Zone 2: Singletrack Zone - Grades: Green/Easy, Blue/Moderate, Red/Difficult, Black/Severe
If you’re new to Coed y Brenin and not sure which grade of trail to ride head to the Singletrack Zone to see what you are capable of. There are four grades of trail here from easy (green) to severe (black). Start easy and progress until you find your level.
Zone 3: Freeride Zone - Grade: Extreme
The Freeride Zone is a jump/pump track for mountain bikes. It has eight bermed turns with fun features including rollers, hips, doubles, table tops and step ups/downs.
Zone 4: Drop-off Zone - Grade: Extreme
The Drop-off Zone features the Lemming Stone, a natural rock slab, where a variety of lines can be taken but remember to look before you leap. You need to ride the red singletrack before you access this area.

Y AFON (6.7 miles, 10.8 kilometres) - Grade: Forest Trails
This forest road trail takes in some of the most picturesque parts of the river Mawddach including the beautiful waterfalls on the river Gain and Mawddach. It’s a relatively low level route on forest roads but does include a rougher section of private track. There are a couple of short steepish climbs and a steep forest road descent.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

MINORTAUR (1-7 miles, 3-12 kilometres) - Grade: Moderate
Loop 1: Distance: 3 kilometres. Climb: 50 metres. Time: 20-40 minutes.
Loops 1 and 2: Distance: 5 kilometres. Climb: 90 metres. Time: 1 hour.
Loops 1, 2 and 3: Distance: 9 kilometres. Climb: 150 metres. Time: 1-2 hours.
Loops 1-4: Distance: 12 kilometres. Climb: 265 metres. Time: 1½-3 hours.

This trail is a great fun introduction to mountain biking for a wide range of ages and abilities. There are plenty of fun features including stone steps, rollers, table tops, berms and the occasional jump. There are short steep climbs and a rough forest road descent. The trail is built in four loops which get progressively longer and more challenging. The first three loops can be used by disabled riders using adaptive mountain bikes. Loop 4 uses a rougher section of private track up to the waterfalls with a barrier to negotiate.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

TEMTIWR (3 miles, 9 kilometres) - Grade: Red/Difficult
If you want to try the more challenging trails at Coed y Brenin, then this short but technical trail is a great introduction to show you what’s in store. It’s tough right from the start with rock slabs and steps. It includes some red and black grade features and a long hard forest road climb.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

CYFLYM COCH (7.8 miles, 12.6 kilometres) - Grade: Red/Difficult
Cyflym Coch is ideal for those riders who have mastered the MinorTaur and want to move up to the next grade. The trail strings together some of the best fast flowing sections in the forest park, with relatively short climbs. With sections like Dream Time and Uncle Fester it’s a real blast!

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

DRAGON'S BACK (18 miles, 30.1 kilometres) - Grade: Red/Difficult
Here’s one of those understated, quietly classic trails that always seems to surprise you at just how good it is.

The hard start leaves you under no illusions that your skills better be up to scratch, but then leads you into the sublime DreamTime where the flow feels so easy, you’ll be day dreaming about this throughout the week’s daily grind!

Big Doug leads you through the towering Douglas Firs, the kings of Coed y Brenin. Ride Hermon as fast as you dare, before the big climb to the highest point in the forest. The five sections of downhill fun in the Adams Family reward you for all your efforts.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

MBR (10 miles, 17.7 kilometres) - Grade: Black/Severe
This trail is a real favourite; with a great mix of rocky gnarlyness, fast, flowing singletrack and new style features and sections.

You’ll be riding over bedrock, negotiating loose, rocky, climbs and descents, swooping round berms, finding a rhythm over huge rollers, flying down steps, dropping into the ‘Cavity’ and getting spat out the exit with as much style as you can muster! This is a severe trail with unavoidable fly-offs, so be sure that your skills are up to it.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 268

TARW DU (12.5 miles, 20.1 kilometres) - Grade: Black/Severe
The Tarw Du, which is Welsh for black bull, is the original trail at Coed y Brenin and is widely regarded as the first purpose-built mountain bike trail in the UK and probably beyond. It’s rocky, it’s retro and the new section (Y Slab) features several large slabs and some committing features.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

BEAST (21 miles, 35.1 kilometres) - Grade: Black/Severe
This is the trail that everyone aspires to ride. It’s long and it’s tough, and it will stretch you both physically and mentally. You can expect loose rocky climbs, gnarly descents, stone fly offs, berms, tabletops and hips. Don’t miss the Pink Heifer, Big Doug combo that gives over 4 kilometres of continuous sublime singletrack through the majestic tall Douglas firs.

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingElectric car charging point

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs accepted

The Visitor Centre Cafe, Shop & Visitor Information Desk has both toilets (including accessible toilets) and showers (in male, female and accessible rooms), 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. There are stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites and please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.

Open all the time


Free entry

Car parking charges for the visitor centre are:
Up to one hour £1.00
Up to three hours £3.00
All day £5.00


LL40 2HZ


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

Coed y Brenin Forest Park is located east off the A470, 8 miles north of Dolgellau near Trawsfynydd. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Local public transport is available and the nearest train station is Barmouth | Public transport Information -
NCN Cycle Network: NCN route 82, Lon Las (North) and Lon Las Cymru all pass through the centre - NCN Information on


There are two charging points for electric vehicles in the car park.
There is a cycle rack in the car park.
Overnight parking is not permitted.

You are charged for the length of time you park at Coed y Brenin visitor centre.

The charges are:
£2 for 2 hours
40p for every additional 20 minutes (maximum £7 per day)
£40 for 12 month season ticket (on sale at the visitor centre reception).
When you are ready to leave enter your vehicle registration into one of the machines in the car park and pay the parking charge by card or cash.

FREE PARKING (local residents and blue badge holders)
Car parking is free if you live within the LL40 or LL41 postcode or the neighbouring villages of Arthog, Cutiau, Cardeon, Corris and Tal-y-Llyn or if you are a blue badge holder. Take your vehicle log book (V5 document) or blue badge to the visitor centre welcome desk to register for free parking.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 15 miles from Barmouth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing 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
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

The Visitor Centre Cafe, Shop & Visitor Information Desk has both toilets (including accessible toilets) and showers (in male, female and accessible rooms), 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. There are stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites and please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.