Coed-y-Brenin forest is home to an ever increasing way-marked network of fantastic hand built all weather single-track. There are currently 7 different way-marked routes, but for clarity it should be noted that the different routes share some of their single track sections. For example “The Beast” is essentially made up of the component parts of the “MBR” and "Dragon's Back" trails. Together, “Tarw” and “The Beast” cover most of the park (excluding the family route).

A notable challenge at Coed y Brenin, and one common to many similar developments that were built by riders, is there is not much in the way of forgiving trails for intermediate riding. The family trail is essentially road and fire-road (though with some stiff climbs along the way), and from there it is straight to red routes. To add to the challenge, even the red routes contain individual sections rated as black. All this can lead to unhappiness for riders not ready for such a level of challenge. There is a new blue route in the pipeline to plug the gap, but it may be some time before this comes on line. An explanation of what the centres trail grading means can be found here.

If in doubt, consider taking some MTB skills lessons with local trainers.

It is worth noting that, to cut down on waste and littering of the forest, the centre no longer provides free trail maps. A map pack can now be purchased at the centre, or alternatively you can download the trail map cards as pdf documents:

Coed y Brenin Trail Cards:

Yr Afon 10.8 km 100m climb

MinorTaur 3km, 5km & 9 km loops

Temtiwr 8.7 km 170m climb

Cyflym Coch 10.8 km 200m climb

Dragons Back 31.1 km 710m climb

Tarw 20.2 km 460m climb

MBR 18.4 km 410m climb

The Beast 38.2 km 990m climb


Cycle Route Difficulty

Mawddach Trail Easy Cycle Route
15 km (9.5 miles)
A flat and friendly there-and-back route following the old railway line along the Mawddach estuary. More...

Mawddach Trail + Cregennen Challenging Cycle Route
23.8 km (14.8 miles) 501m climb
A circuit taking in the the Mawddach trail and the beautiful Cregennen lakes. More...

Route 21 Challenging Cycle Route
35.5 km (22.1 miles) 1040m climb
A Regional Cycle Network way-marked route out of Dolgellau, making use of quiet back roads and straightforward off-road tracks. More...

Cadair Idris Challenge Difficult Cycle Route
48.8 km (30.3 miles) 1260m climb
The Snowbikers Cadair Idris Challenge makes use of quiet back roads and some rougher off-road tracks to make a circuit around Cadair Idris. More...

Dolgellau-Bala Loop Difficult Cycle Route
78.9 km (49 miles) 4500m climb
A big road ride taking in the remote moors at the back of Coed y Brenin. More...

Mawddach Big-8 Difficult Cycle Route Difficult Cycle Route
160 km (99.4 miles) 4500m climb
An epic 2-day ride. Following National Cycle Network Route-8 in a figure of 8, with the Mawddach estuary at its centre, you will ride for around 8 hours and cover around 80 km each day. Its octastic! More...

Mawddach Big Adventure
+250 km (+155 miles) A red route walkDifficult Cycle Route
A journey of over 250 km, on foot, cycle and mountain bike, that will take you through some of the most beautiful parts of southern Snowdonia. More...

Coed y Brenin Easy Cycle Route Challenging Cycle Route Difficult Cycle Route
World class trail-centre mountain biking with 7 different trails to chose from. Trail heads and visitors centre 12 km from Dolgellau. More...

Cli-Machx Difficult Cycle Route
Short but sweet trail centre mountain biking. Trail Head 19 km from Dolgellau. More...

Mach 1, 2 & 3 Easy Cycle Route Challenging Cycle Route Difficult Cycle Route
Real trails with a trail centre feel. Trail Head 25 km from Dolgellau. More...

Mawddach Goldrush Difficult Cycle Route
The annual early season mountain bike event to challenge you after the dark winter months, and a good warm up for the new year ahead. More...

Natural Trail Network Easy Cycle Route Challenging Cycle Route Difficult Cycle Route
The area has a network of rights of way across the hills that are open to mountain bikes. If you are unsure where a mountain bike is entitled to ride, or would prefer not to have to navigate, consider getting a local guide to do the work for you. More...

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