Coed y Brenin is the biggest and most famous of all the Welsh Mountain Bike trail centres. This vast forestry Commission-managed woodland forest is situated north of Dolgellau just off the A470 road. Within the woodland is a network of celebrated mountain bike trails – about 150km in total.
There are eight way marked trails with something here for everybody, from children and beginners right up to seasoned experts. The new MinoTaur Trail, for example, is designed for young children and riders with disabilities. The 8km Yr Afon ‘green’ trail is popular with casual riders, but if you want something a bit more challenging, try the epic Beast of Brenin (graded ‘black’).
The centre is open 7 days a week and has a café, adventure playground, toilets, showers and bike wash. There is also bike hire on site, although it is best to book in advance (call Beics Brenin on 01341 440728). Other attractions on site include an extensive network of walking trails, some of which are pushchair friendly, and a Go Ape tree top ropes course.
There is a car park at the Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre.