Probably my favourite place to ride, Coed y Brenin was the first forest to be developed for mountain biking and it still manages to put a grin on our faces whenever we get there. It is about one and a half hours drive from the holiday cottage so is the longest journey out of the recommendations on this page. But it also has the added advantage of being one of the best driving roads in North Wales
As well as being a keen mountain biker, I also love getting out in the hills and checking out the views. The scenery at Coed y Brenin really makes it a winner for me. Whichever route you take you are guaranteed some stunning scenery. So for me that is a double bonus – great trails with great views.
Like Llandegla there are a really good mix of trails which make it fantastic for riders of all abilities. The green trail is great for small kids and novice riders and takes you along a river with some pretty cool waterfalls and even a disused gold mine. There are a range of red and black trails for more experienced riders and a blue for intermediate riders.
Head towards the back of the top car park and you will find the Foundry which is a skills area and freeride area. Even after riding all day, the kids always want to end up there.
There are great facilities at Coed y Brenin, this is how trail centres should be. There is lots of parking (can’t remember the price as we just buy an annual pass). The cafe is really nice but space is a bit limited inside, however they have a big veranda looking over the forest which is a cool place to sit on a nice day. The onsite bike shop is really good and also does bike hire. Downstairs below the cafe is a shower room if you want to get cleaned up.
Coed y Brenin is just north of Dolgellau on the A470.