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Mountain Biking - Llandegla and Coed Y Brenin
MBR trail at Coed y Brenin on a Trek Remedy

Coed y Brenin mountain bike trail centre is in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales near Dolgellaua. Coed y Brenin stands as a core part of MTB history in the UK and is still today forging it's future. Being the very first dedicated trail centre in the UK it has the respect of the whole community far and wide. Even today it is still the largest MTB centre with 7 single-track trails that cover an impressive 140 km.

There are trails for all rider ability levels and five of these trails, are red or above. The terrain at coed y Brenin is a combination of natural trails and armoured man-made sections. The original and to many still the best. The trail network is constantly being expanded and includes 3 red, 3 black, 1 blue, 1 green and a brand new freeride and skills area. 

The Visitors Centre has also just had a significant extension including a new bike shop and hire facility on the ground floor, with a multi-functional conference/meeting room and cafe overflow area on the first floor, along with toilets offering 24-hour public access. 

Y Ffowndri Skills Area

  • The new free ride zone snakes down the slope with 8 bermed turns and plenty of features to get you airborne. There is also a drop off zone and a single track zone  Features of note are the Sideways slab at the end of the black section and the Lemming stone in the Drop off zone. There is also a kids training zone. Check out the latest pics.

There are three red mountain bike trails:

Temtiwr 

  • The Temtiwr is 8.7km long. This is a short but technical trail – not for novices. Has one long climb on fire road and a great fun technical rocky descent.

Cyflym Coch 

  • The Cyflym trail is 10.8km long. Starting down Yr Afon Trail, Cyflym coch cuts left up a short technical climb onto Pinderosa. It then pieces together the best of Coed y Brenin’s fast and flowing trail sections. Climbs are relatively short.

Dragons Back 

  • The Dragons Back trail is 31.1km. Previous mtb experience is recommended should you decide to tackle this trail. Long climbs, tight singletrack and long and fast descents

And three black mountain bike trails:

MBR

  • The MBR is 18.4km long. This predominantly open and flowing trail offers long sweeping descents through spectacular scenery. The new section of the Pink Heifer is something special. Once at the bottom, expect to climb and then descend the “Beginning of the End”, the most technically challenging section of the trail.

Beast of Brenin

  • The Beast of Brenin is a tough 38.2km. A long distance route only for the fit.

Tarw

  • The Tawr is 20.2km long. It is technically challenging ride with twisty, rocky sections and fast flowing descents.

MinorTaur (Blue)

  • The 10km blue trail is quite unique as it is one of the first truly inclusive trails being specially adpated to be ridden by disabled people. It is made up of three loops with the final loop being the most technical.

Yr Afon (Green)

  • This 10.8km trail. One for the family to enjoy (although there are a few climbs) . It it is mainly on forest road and there is a shorter 7km option.

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  • If you have ridden any of these trails at Coed y Brenin then why not post some pictures, videos or write a short review and share your experiences with us.
from left to right Mike, Carl, L8 and Dave

Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Website
Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
Type of Trail(s)
  • Cross Country (XC )
  • Bike Park
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre
  • Cafe
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Hire
  • Bike Shop
  • Showers

Location

Country
Trail Centre or Base
County/State
Address
LL40 2HY
Directions
From Dolgellau head north on A470, taking a right turn for visitor centre after five miles.
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User reviews

Average user rating from: 8 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.4  (8)
Trail Variety 
 
4.8  (8)
Skills Development 
 
4.6  (8)
Trail Quality  
 
4.4  (8)
Facilities 
 
4.6  (8)
Ratings (the higher the better)
  • Grin Factor
    Level of fun had, or to be had
  • Trail Variety
    Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
  • Skills Development
    Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
  • Trail Quality
    Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
  • Facilities
    From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
roester Reviewed by roester December 30, 2013
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User Review

Good Points
Great variety of trails for all skill levels, awesome cafe and shop, the new skills area is great new addition.
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Chris December 20, 2013

Y ffowndri

User Review

Good Points
The skills area has really finished CYB off as a complete centre for all the family or a boys days out. The kids loved the jump track at 4 & 7 years old.
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
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One of the original trail centres and possibly the best.
Big trails with a real 'out there' feeling.
Big climbs followed by big descents.
The surface is good and holds up well in any weathers.
Lots of variety of trails with options to lengthen shorten your route as you ride round.
Be prepared for rocks as there are a few, but it adds to the fun.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Bigmick Reviewed by Bigmick December 09, 2013
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Coed y Brenin

One of the original trail centres and possibly the best.
Big trails with a real 'out there' feeling.
Big climbs followed by big descents.
The surface is good and holds up well in any weathers.
Lots of variety of trails with options to lengthen shorten your route as you ride round.
Be prepared for rocks as there are a few, but it adds to the fun.

User Review

Good Points
Great facilities, good trail variation
Bad Points
its a long way from my house :-(
Would you recommend?
Yes
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I haven't done all the trails, there are too many, but I liked what I saw.
MBR was my fav.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
StupidMonkeyKev Reviewed by StupidMonkeyKev November 08, 2013
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Great trail centre, many trails

I haven't done all the trails, there are too many, but I liked what I saw.
MBR was my fav.

User Review

Good Points
Everything you need and lots of trail options.
Bad Points
The best trails are long so you need fitness, and good tyres for the rocks.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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The only reason I have rated the facilities 4 is because of the £1.25 for a can of coke makes it expensive for families etc otherwise 5** please go prepared with tools etc, and an emergency plan.
You may go as a boy, but you leave as a man!
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
L8Rees Reviewed by L8Rees August 12, 2013
Last updated: August 12, 2013
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The Beast Wales, and it is just that!

The only reason I have rated the facilities 4 is because of the £1.25 for a can of coke makes it expensive for families etc otherwise 5** please go prepared with tools etc, and an emergency plan.
You may go as a boy, but you leave as a man!

User Review

Good Points
Well where do I start, every section has its different limits, technical that it is, its a trail you have to be confident in understanding your bike and where you are, the fact that your surrounded by rocks and hard landings.
Please don't think I have done a red now I can do this! you have to be mentally and physically ready as it takes a lot to finish the whole beast, climbs are there in droves, therefor you have to have PMA......hills are your friend as there are many :-) take your time and pace yourself, the downhills are worth the sweat and tears amd are most bikers idea of a wet dream! it has to be something you must do, but walk/push and no-one will shout "wimp" and its THE BEAST!
Rocks and rollers to shake your bones indeed, downhills skids and views you dream of, this is one beauty that within it there is a beast.
OnE LiFe RiDe It
Bad Points
none, just so so so tough, would be great it there were less fire roads and more xc uphill, but understandably in winter you prob would not get up them, what a trail.
Would you recommend?
Yes
from left to right Mike, Carl, L8 and Dave
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I visited Coed Y Brenin today for the first time and was not dissapointed. The visitor center is very good and the locals very helpful there is a small but well stocked bike shop downstairs and even showers if you so wish. We did the dragons back run today and it did not dissapoint. Although I should point out I was a little let down that all the climbs seem to be on fire roads and therefore not very challenging except in length. Having said that the views when you got to the top were amazing especially with the weather we had today. The grin factor came from the descents each one with something different to challenge you and the speed you gained during the descents just made them all the more sick I can definitely say I will be going back again very soon I think all in all you are provided with the perfect area to have an awesome day of riding.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
AndyP1967 Reviewed by AndyP1967 May 01, 2013
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I visited Coed Y Brenin today for the first time and was not dissapointed. The visitor center is very good and the locals very helpful there is a small but well stocked bike shop downstairs and even showers if you so wish. We did the dragons back run today and it did not dissapoint. Although I should point out I was a little let down that all the climbs seem to be on fire roads and therefore not very challenging except in length. Having said that the views when you got to the top were amazing especially with the weather we had today. The grin factor came from the descents each one with something different to challenge you and the speed you gained during the descents just made them all the more sick I can definitely say I will be going back again very soon I think all in all you are provided with the perfect area to have an awesome day of riding.

User Review

Good Points
The Downhill sections
The Visitor center
Condition of The Trails
Improvements Are Still Being Made
Bad Points
The Climbs on The Fire Roads
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Normally do the Beast of brenin with a few alterations; the first to avoid the utterly pointless fire road climb and descent (descending on a fire road whist fast, is not actually as fun as single track) that gets you to the Gomez trail section, and the second to ride Pugsleys bottom to the end of Uncle fester again, as they are fun.
Lots of fun flowing singletrack to be found, as well as rocks and roots; usually have a good day at Coed y Brenin.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Dan March 11, 2013

Coed y brenin

Normally do the Beast of brenin with a few alterations; the first to avoid the utterly pointless fire road climb and descent (descending on a fire road whist fast, is not actually as fun as single track) that gets you to the Gomez trail section, and the second to ride Pugsleys bottom to the end of Uncle fester again, as they are fun.
Lots of fun flowing singletrack to be found, as well as rocks and roots; usually have a good day at Coed y Brenin.

User Review

Good Points
A good variety of trails
good trail centre facilities
Bad Points
A bit too much climbing on fire roads
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Lots of trails with some criss crossing each other, so it's useful to take a map with you in case you go wrong or if you want to switch route.
Lots of variety and there's something for evryone from easy green up to technical black. Having said that, it is stillxc rather than dh, even the black.
I didn't notice much difference between red and black, and both had significant areas of rock garden type stuff.
There's a new blue downhill berm route which is great fun
The visitor are is good, with bike wash facilites and knowledgeable locals in the shop.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
krisk Reviewed by krisk December 20, 2012
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Rocky

Lots of trails with some criss crossing each other, so it's useful to take a map with you in case you go wrong or if you want to switch route.
Lots of variety and there's something for evryone from easy green up to technical black. Having said that, it is stillxc rather than dh, even the black.
I didn't notice much difference between red and black, and both had significant areas of rock garden type stuff.
There's a new blue downhill berm route which is great fun
The visitor are is good, with bike wash facilites and knowledgeable locals in the shop.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of variety with an easy green and a number of reds and blacks.
The new blue is really good fun.
Good facilites
Bad Points
The reds are on the hard side - can be brain shaking on a hard tail.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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