Pont Scethin - Rhinogydd

Mountain Biking

Pont Scethin - Rhinogydd | ©Ray Wood

Pont Scethin - Rhinogydd

Mountain Biking

This fine route gives you a 25km romp over the south western flanks of the Rhinogydd mountain range. The riding is good and the views are exceptional; particularly out along the coastal fringe to the west and southwards down to the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris. The area is one of the oldest inhabited landscapes in Wales and there is much evidence of this rich history as you move along the route. Keep an eye out for burial mounds, hut circles and the remains of ancient forts.The route follows the old pack horse track leading south eastwards from the outskirts of Llanbedr and contouring around the side of Moelfre. The main Llyn Bodlyn track is soon reached and followed for a short distance, but then the pack horse track leads off rightwards to Pont Scethin. After some steep ground you have the treat of a descent down Braich; unfortunately this is quickly followed by a grunt back up to Bwlch y Rhiwgyr. The descent heading back north westwards is very rough but soon eases. The final section of the return journey does involve some careful navigation; get it right and you should end up back on the approach road running up from Llanbedr.
The trail is quite remote so make sure you have a map and compass, plenty of food and water, plus adequate clothing and bike spares. You should also tell someone of your intentions and estimated return time, just to be sure.


This is a wild mountain biking route as opposed to a purpose built trail, and as such it can be very challenging in poor weather conditions. In the very worst winter conditions the higher sections of the route may be blocked by drifting snow.


The route starts from the roadside parking close to the Victoria pub and public toilets in Llanbedr.

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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Mountain Biking is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.


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