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Level: Advanced
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,016/976 ft
Total: 37 riders

Mountain Biking Coed Y Brenin

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#8 of 21 mountain bike trails in Wales
#3606 in the world

At the Coed Y Brenin mountain bike centre there is a café, bike shop, skills area and eight trails:
* Yr Afon, green, beginner, 11km...
* MinorTaur, blue, easy, 9km...
* Temtiwr, red, intermediate, 9km...
* Cyflym Coch, red, intermendiate 11km...
* MBR, black, advanced, 18km...
* Tarw Du, black, advanced, 20km...
* Dragons Back, red, intermediate, 31km...
* Beast, black, advanced, 31km...

That sounds like a lot a riding but the trails are not discreet - they typically branch off sections of common trail. In other words they share the same trail for much of their distance. Yr Afon, the beginner trail is on forestry road. The rest of the trails are typically about half forestry road. The amount of discreet singletrack is quite limited but it is good. They are rocky all weather trails with lots of cobbled slabs of rock. Down slope sections usually feature drops - the favourite technical feature of the trail makers. Fast flowing trail with berms and jumps is hard to find. Like most UK bike centres, the emphasis tends to be on the challenge rather than fun.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From Dolgellau head north on A470. You'll see the sign to the visitor centre on the right after five miles.
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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing Dragons Back:

    Dragons Back gives a good workout and some interesting rock-slab challenges. It's a good "old-school" style trail.

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  • Jim Cummings
    Reviewing MBR:

    Great rock garden riding on parts of this trail with "interesting" drops, steps, slabs and other technical challenges. But much of the trail is forestry road and quite a bit overlaps other trails, ie, same trail with different names.

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  • Jim Cummings

    There is a good range of all-weather trails at Coed Y Brenin - there's a trail to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Once you've paid the heafty parking fee you'll be set for a good day out both on the bike and in the expansive cafe. The centre's website gushes about "it's reputation as the sport's premier location". The reality is that in international terms these trails are ho-hum even though they do have their moments.

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  • olimoo

    A physically challenging set of trails but with the challenge comes a big scoop of fun too.

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  • ppx100
    Reviewing Dragons Back:

    this is an amazing mtb track to go on, it has everything a serious mountain biker needs.

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  • *****

    amazing trail centre firts ever built in the country wide variety of trails ranging from green to black skills area bike shop cafe

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  • *****

    MBR trail is for what mtb's are for. Awesome place. Visitor centre is ok, prefer the cafe at Afan in my opinion.

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  • *****

    I love this trail center i go every year and love it, great fun with nice sections all around you must try .

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  • mark@theblackdogs.org.uk

    My last ride at these trails was sweet although the trails higher in the mountains needed some maintenence and were badly warn. Some of the newer routes are much of an improvment on the older sections

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