Routes, maps and guides to cycling and mountain biking around the Mawddach Estuary in Wales
As a base for your cycling holiday, the Mawddach estuary has it all: epic bike rides along quiet country lanes through to full-on mountain bike routes.
With accommodation to suit all pockets and a great selection of places to eat and drink and you have the perfect venue for a cycling break.
Bike rentals are available in Taicynhaeaf, Barmouth, Dolgellau and Coed y Brenin. A number of adaptive bikes including a hand-cycle, tandem and small-adult-sized tag-along are also available for hire on the estuary, along with child and cargo trailers. There is a main-line railway station at Barmouth and bus services run up and down the estuary, so you could even holiday completely car-free.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays and other selected dates through the summer holidays, the Greenway Shuttle Bus can connect you and your bike to the start of some of the best cycling routes in Southern Snowdonia. Operating between Dyffryn Ardudwy, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Coed y Brenin and Llyn Trawsfynydd, the bike bus offers the perfect opportunity to leave the car behind and ride instead.
The principal points on the estuary, Dolgellau, Penmaenpool, Arthog and Barmouth, are linked by the Mawddach Trail, a way-marked and largely traffic free cycleway. Other cycling arteries, National Cycling Network Route-8 and Route-82, connect Dolgellau with the mountain bike trails at Coed y Brenin, and further afield the Cli-Machx and Mach trails. These routes also connect either end of the estuary to the principal towns of Porthmadog and Trawsfynydd to the north, and Tywyn, Corris and Machynlleth to the south. Route-8, also known as the Lôn Las Cymru, runs over 400 km (250 miles) between Holyhead on Anglesey and Cardiff or Chepstow.
For something a little different, why not explore some of the remains of 20th century military activity in the area. From hill-top memorials to beach defences, there are over 50 different sites in and around the Mawddach estuary to be explored on foot, by bike or by car. See here for further details.
For further information about places to eat, drink and sleep on the Mawddach estuary, visit Discover Dolgellau.
The Mawddach also boasts some great walking, including the Mawddach Way, a 3 day route around the hills flanking the estuary.
Please visit the EVENTS page for a full list of what's on around the Mawddach estuary throughout the year.
More Mawddach Cycling:
Mawddach Trail + Cregennen
Cadair Idris Challenge
Mawddach Big Adventure
Coed y Brenin
Mach 1, 2 & 3
South Snowdonia Greenway
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