Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Wales

Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Wales

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Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2HZ
Directions
From Dolgellau head north on A470, taking a right turn for visitor centre after five miles.
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Coed y Brenin mountain bike trail centre is in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales near Dolgellau. 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 terrain at coed y Brenin is a combination of natural trails and armoured man-made sections. 

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 one of the largest MTB centres with 7 single-track trails that cover an impressive 140 km. 

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 bunnyhop section and a kids training zone. 

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 mountain biking 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 a technically challenging ride with twisty, rocky sections and fast flowing descents. This was the original trail here and a newly upgraded section was added in 2016 with a slab the "yslab"

MinorTaur (Blue)

  • The 10km blue trail is quite unique as it is one of the first truly inclusive trails being specially adapted 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 is mainly on forest road and there is a shorter 7km option.

Other Stuff

  • In 2015 Coed y Brenin took 3rd place for iBikeRide UK Trail of the Year, 2nd place for Welsh Trail of the Year and 2nd place for XC Centre of the Year awards.
  • In 2014 Coed y Brenin took 3rd place in the iBikeRide Trail of the Year award for Wales and 3rd place in the Trail of the Year award for XC.

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Coed y Brenin Mountain Bike Trail Centre, Wales
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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 
 
4.74
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
4.50
Trail Quality  
 
4.50
Facilities 
 
4.50

Quality trail centre, well worth the pilgrimage.

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5.00

Awesome

Just an awesome place for everyone from cyclists to walkers ...

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Good Points
Great place not to far to go .. great cafe and shop and bike wash which is definitely needed.. friendly staff ... trails to meet every standard and new ones put in place ...
Bad Points
None
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Overall rating 
 
5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Family fun! The slipway is a must do!

The family loved it!

User Review

Good Points
Fab skills area.
Loved the blue loops options. We did 2 loops as a warm up, had lunch then skills and the 3 loop blue. Finally whilst the kids went to the park I did the first bit of the red trail.
Kids loved the themed trail with the Minotaur and footprints to look out for. 'The slipway' is a must for all
Bad Points
Lack of time there but I'll be back at some point.
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Overall rating 
 
5.00
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
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5.00
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5.00

Coed-y-brenin

Great trail centre with something for everyone

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Good Points
Excellent trails and variety, plenty for everyone. Lots of choice in the Cafe and a well stocked shop
Bad Points
Service on the cafe could be a little slow, but good things are worth waiting for
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Overall rating 
 
4.58
Grin Factor 
 
4.50
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
4.00
Facilities 
 
4.00

Still one of the best...

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Good Points
The original and still one of the best. Great recent development with the skills area and pump track. The blue is great for families and kids and the MbR trail still rocks
Bad Points
Not really any, though wish the visitor centre was privately owned like back in the day as government run facilities never really 'get' what mountain bikers want!
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Overall rating 
 
4.01
Grin Factor 
 
4.00
Trail Variety 
 
4.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
2.50
Facilities 
 
4.50

Great place to spend the day. Some trails due a facelift however.

Coedy is great fun if you're looking for a long day out on the bikes riding some techy, rocky, singletrack.
With lots of differently graded trails, Coed Y Brenin caters for all types of riders at all skill levels.
The skills area and freeride pumptrack are a great thing to have right at the car park, and serve well as a warm-up/down, or even can have the whole day spent on them.
Awesome area with a great centre with all the facilities you could ever need, with plentiful parking at a not-too-expensive price (considering how much they offer).

The trails at Coed Y Brenin are lots of fun if you like singletrack with lots of roots, rocks, technical stuff etc. However they don't really offer much else, other than the freeride area near the carpark.

A lot of the trails are very natural, and have been shaped by the weather and by people who ride them, this is great until you get to the skills/ freeride area.
I remember when it was first built, it was really nicely built, smooth, everything flowed nicely. Sadly now, especially so on the freeride trail, the corners, jumps and track surface in general have been worn down very badly, and it almost ruins the track. Berms are worn down to rock and gravel (which makes them very bumpy and slippy to ride), the jumps no longer have much of a 'kick' to them anymore, and the whole thing is very badly overdue a facelift and a bit of TLC.

Aside from that, all the other trails could probably do with a bit of a looking after, but aren't so bad due to their natural theme.

User Review

Good Points
-great for days out on the bikes
-fantastic trail variation (for difficulty and length)
-epic place, nice centre with awesome views
-very natural and technical trails
-very well thought out and made skills development/ freeride area next to car-park
Bad Points
-not much to offer other than technical singletrack
-some trails badly worn and need maintenance
-often feels like you do a lot of climbing for not much descent
-only one car-park ticket machine at far end of car-park
-very little security for visitors
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The original and best

Coed y Brenin is a truly epic trail centre. The first of its kind it has continued to develop and keep at the forefront of its game. The terrain is rocky and the ups and the descents can be quite technical. It has loads of flowing grin factor as well as some decent gnarl to keep you on your toes. The MBR is my favourite. The top descent is rocky and tricky and the final shared descent a blast. The new skills centre is top of the range and has progression in its DNA. There is always new stuff in the pipeline. Andy the ranger and the team should be proud of the work here. There are not many centres I give a 5 out of 5 for.

User Review

Good Points
- large choice of trails
- full weekends riding
- lots of variety
- new development always ongoing
- great facilities
Bad Points
- none
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(Updated: August 24, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
5.00
Grin Factor 
 
5.00
Trail Variety 
 
5.00
Skills Development 
 
5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
Facilities 
 
5.00

Surprising 1St visit

Didn't expect such a big complex when first arrived. Visited antur stiniog on the Saturday, coed y brenin (beast) on the sunday..... Wish I did more research, well worth an entire weekend visit!!

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Good Points
Massive complex with lots of facilities
Lots of trail choice
Good skills area
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5.00

The best trail centre so far

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5.00
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5.00
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5.00
Trail Quality  
 
5.00
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5.00

The Beast!

We rode The Beast, and what a trail that is. I have never ridden anything like it, and probably never will. Gives you a massive sense of achievement after a hard and fun day of riding. The little food stop halfway round is an absolute life saver, excelent food served by some really friendly people. Ill no doubt be talking about this for months and il definately be coming back.

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Good Points
Excelent variety of trail sections, nice and technical going up as well as down!
Bad Points
None!
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