Cycling and mountain biking
We are close to some of the best mountain biking and road biking in North Wales. If MTB is your thing, Coed Llandegla, Coed y Brenin, Penmachno, Gwydir Mawr, Antur Stiniog and Revolution Bike Park are all within a short drive. There are also lots of great trails in the Berwyns and the Ceiriog Valley itself. If on-road cycling is your thing, you have access to miles of beautiful quiet roads to choose from. There is a nice circular route around Lake Vyrnwy – twelve miles on road but even children can do it.
As mountain bikers ourselves, we have made our holiday cottage bike and cycle friendly. We have secure bike storage, a hose to wash down muddy bikes and drying room for wet clothes. There are also OS maps covering North Wales if you want to plan your own route. Great resources for planning any rides are Ride North Wales (mtb and road routes), Mountain Bike Wales, Cycling In Wales and mountain bike trails and centres in North Wales.
Coed Llandegla - One Planet Adventure
One of the best mountain bike centres in the UK with 46km of trails. Green trails are ok for kids (our kids did them at the age of 6) through to serious black trails. Great cafe and bike shop. Also nice walks in the forest.
Revolution Bike Park
Uplift assisted, downhill and freeride bike park set in over 100 acres of private woodland. Check out the videos on YouTube before you book – you may change your mind! For serious riders only.
30km of super sweet single track and scenic forest trail, riding high through Snowdonia National Park. Combine with a visit to Betws-y-Coed.
The UK’s first dedicated MTB trail centre and probably our favourite trail centre in the area. Great cafe and bike shop. Also nice walks in the forest. Good playground for small kids.
Gwydir Mawr & Bach Trail
Formerly known as the Marin train, Gwydir Mawr is a 25k trail and Bach is 9k. Just outside Llanrwst. It does get busy and parking is limited.
Antur Stiniog is an uplift powered, downhill centre in Snowdonia. Mostly black and red trails with one blue. Based in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
One Giant Leap
One Giant Leap is a tractor powered uplift and downhill centre. It is membership only, but it is not expensive to join and riding the trails is free.