Cycle at Coed y Brenin Forest Park, North Wales

September 12, 2016

Walking Coed-y-Brenin c/o Natural Resources Wales

Coed y Brenin Forest Park offers all sorts of activities such as mountain biking, and lots of trails.

Mountain Biking

[custom_frame_left shadow=’on’]The Coed-Y-Brenin cycle routes include a family route, that is not too steep and takes in stunning scenery
Coed-y-Brenin has eight mountain biking trails, with a bunch of facilities including changing rooms and showers (£1 for 3 minutes).

There is a dedicated family trail ‘Yr Afon Trail’, that has no technical single track sections, and follows the forest roads around the hillsides. This route is nearly 11km and should take between 1-3 hours, depending on pace.

More details on the Mountain Biking routes at Coed y Brenin can be found by clicking here.

On Saturday mornings is the Coyed y Brenin Dragons family mountain biking club. Click here for more details.

[custom_frame_left shadow=’on’]Next level up in difficulty is the Minor Taur route
If you have older kids that can start to handle a bit of proper mountain biking then the next grade up from the family trail is Minor Taur.

This is a ‘Blue’ route and classed as Moderate.  It is more challenging than the family trail, with single track routes (about 1.5 metres wide) but it is not as difficult as the Red or Black runs.  It suitable for beginners with basic off-road biking skills (steering, braking correctly, riding out of the saddle, basic body weight position, etc.)

The Minor Taur does contain climbs (including a 12% gradient, but on a forest road, not single track).

It is split into two loops.  The first is 3KM, with 50m to climb, and should take 20-40 minutes.  The second loop is 5k, has 90m of climbs, and should take under an hour.

Details on mountain biking routes can be found at Natural Resources Wales website.


If you’d rather keep your feet firmly on the ground, the Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park has a number of walks, from an all ability trail to longer and more difficult walks.

Details on walks can be found here: Natural Resources Wales walk routes at Coed y Brenin This includes some easy 1 mile trails from the Visitor Centre and more difficult 4.5-mile route.

Opening Times

The Visitor’s Centre (the start of the mountain biking routes) is open every day.

Details can be found by clicking here.

Getting in Touch with Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Here's how you can get in contact with Coed y Brenin Forest Park.

Coed y Brenin Forest Park Website

[email protected]

01341 440747

Where to find Coed y Brenin Forest Park

Sat Nav Postcode: LL40 2HZ

The Visitor Centre is on the A470, eight miles north of Dolgellau.

Dolgefeiliau Dolgellau Gwynedd LL40 2HZ.


Photo Credit: photo c/o Natural Resources Wales.

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