Cregennan LakesFor riders looking for a more challenging ride, the Mawddach Trail can be incorporated into a loop on quiet back roads via the beautiful Cregennen lakes.

This circular route is 23.8 km long (14.8 miles) from Dolgellau, with a further 4 km starting from Barmouth.

The Cregennan lakes sit on a plateu below Cadair Idris, but high above the valley floor, so inevitably there will be some climbing (just over 500 m). In return for the effort you get excellent views  over the Mawddach estuary to Barmouth (weather permitting), and a long free-wheel down to the valley bottom.


Mawddach Trail + Cregennan Route Guide

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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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