Gwydir Mountain Bike Trails

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Betws-y-coed
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Betws y Coed also has its own railway station. For rail details call 08457 484950. Driving: From North / North East: For the Marin Trail, turn right over the historic bridge immediately after Llanrwst then right onto the B5106 past ‘Gwydyr Castle’. The trail head and forest visitor centre are on the right after 500m. From Midlands and South: For the Marin trail, head west through Betws y Coed, turning right over a narrow bridge in the centre of the town. Follow the B5106 north towards Llanrwst for 4km and follow the Forestry Centre signs off to the left.
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Gwydir Mawr formerly known as the Marin with its smaller sibling the Gwydir Bachare two trails in Gwydir Forest in North Wales. Mawr is Welsh for big or large, bach means small. Gwydir is the name of the forest. It is a red graded MTB trail for intermediate riders and is located just outside the MTB base of Betws y Coed. It is just down the road from its sister trail the Penmachno which is another red trail well worth a visit. There is a new fun car park section that links the last Singletrack sections. There are multiple lines and a road right alongside so it's easy to session.

Gwydir Mawr

  • This is a 25km red route. It has an 800 metres climb and takes around 2-4 hours to complete. The course is fast and rocky with a mix of tight and technical as well as open and flowing sections. Views are great, the up's are mainly fire road and the descents all singletrack.
  • In April 2016 a new 2km section was added, It's a mix of narrow hand dug trail and more modern features with berms, rollers, and jumps. Kicks off as an up and down traverse and weaves it's way carefully past an old heritage site before dropping off on its first descent. Then you're quickly thrown into a challenging twelve switchback climb, which gives the section its name 'Dwsin Drwg' Bad Dozen! Catch your breath before you hit the final fast, feature rich descent.
  • The trail starts at a small car park but remember there are no toilet or facilities so come prepared.

Gwydir Bach

  • Gwydir Bach, great for when you're short on time or just want a quick blast. It is red graded and 8.7km long with 350 metres of climbing between taking between 45 minutes to1.5 hours to complete.

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Trail Variety
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Marin Old Skool
Overall rating 
 
2.7
Grin Factor 
 
2.5
Trail Variety 
 
2.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.0
Good rocky trail where there is single-track which is limited and views amazing on 2nd loop. But thats it on 2nd loop i'm afraid very little singletrack for the amount of climbing so very old skool.
Having said that it shows you this on the map so no excuses really and shows you the large amount of fireroad

Met a local lady rider after first long climb and she said don't bother with loop 2 but as i had plenty of time i did the whole trail.
Can only recommend the 1st loop as other people say on here.

User Review

Good Points
Good surface
Single-track there is quite good
No parking fees
Great Views on Loop 2
Sunny dry weather on day of ride
Maps at various points on the route which is a nice touch to show you where you are.
Bad Points
Loop 2 not worth all the fireroad climbing
Little amount of singletrack loop 2
Advised by locals that only worth doing bottom loop 1
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Marin (riden same day as Penmachno)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Rode this the same day as Penmachno & enjoyed it albeit less. Decent first slog up the fireroad into a fast but shortish descent followed by another fireroad climb and descent which is typical of the whole route. The last descents were fantastic and made it all worthwhile - big grins in the carpark at the end. It's well worn in but it makes it more interesting & I liked the difference to penmacho

User Review

Good Points
Last descent & good views
Bad Points
Trail is now a bit worn in places
Would you recommend?
Yes
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A quiet little gem.
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
Well that climb at the start gets you warmed up nicely. In fact, there's a few climbs, and a nasty little kicker up a tarmac road. Some of the climbing has technical bits thrown in to keep you entertained, but much of it is loooong boring fire roads. Don't worry though, the memory of those climbs disappears real quick on the descents which are fast and fun. The faster you go, the Redder it gets, and I for one, loved it.

It is quiet, we saw no other riders and only 3 walkers on the whole route. The views have to be seen - some of the best in Snowdonia.

Lack of facilities is a bonus for me. Go prepared and enjoy some self reliance.

User Review

Good Points
It's quiet and unspoilt.
The views
The singletrack downhill bits
Lack of facilities - nothing like a bit of self reliance.
Bad Points
A lot of climbing for such a short route.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Marin Trail fun
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3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
We arrived on a very hot sunny day in July, after getting a little bit lost trying to find the trail, it was well worth the drive, the singletrack uphill keeps it interesting althought there is a lot of steep uphill in road and firetrack, the singletrack downs were brilliant, only downside was a couple of the singletrack uphills finished with a downhill on firetrack. The last section is really good, and would be pretty easy to session.
The trail was looking a bit worn from all the traffic it's had however it's got a pretty solid rock base wasn't to bad

User Review

Good Points
Really fun singletrack downs, been well designed.
Section into stuff is easy
Trail Map boards are placed periodically around the trail, makes it easy to see where you are, allows you to work out repeating sections and quick escape routes if needed.
Bad Points
Trail looking a bit worn
Couple of the descents are on firetrack
No car park facilities
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Marin Trail Betws Y Coed
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

User Review

Good Points
The marin has a bit of everything with long climbs, a couple of fast descents and some technical rocky bits. It's never that busy so you can take you time and enjoy your ride without getting pushed down the trail. The last three sections are really fun but the dragons trail section and Pixies paradise and both great too.
Bad Points
It can be bit of a drag on the fire road climbs when the weather is bad. Also a couple of the climbs are just followed by fire road descents.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

User Review

Good Points
The first trail i rode, I still love the place as it's the closest to me so can pop over there in 20 mins and have a good couple of hours blast! The climbs are all on fire road and do go on a bit but not too bad. So really nice sections but pretty much all natural and not much man made stuff at all.
Bad Points
No facilities as it's just a forest with a car park :) this is not really a bad point after you know what to expect.

The trail is getting a bit cut up with people taking shortcuts etc and could do with some TLC in places.
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Marin Trail
(Updated: December 09, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
One of the originals and a bit basic but certainly worth a ride if your in the area.
Lots of fire road climbing, but it gives you chance to admire the stunning scenery.
Trail has suffered from wear in a few places but given its rock base it seems to hold up well.
No facilities as such just a free car park and that's it but there's plenty of things in the town down the road if you need anything.
Don't go here if you like crowds ,as even on a Saturday in summer you will only see a handful of cars in the carpark,,,,,,,,,,,GREAT

User Review

Good Points
Proper natural feel, with awesome scenery, very quiet
Bad Points
no facilities.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Marin - Been around a while but still good
(Updated: November 27, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
1.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
Ridden this twice now, the first time a shortened loop due to rally closures, and the second time the full loop.

With a little studying of a map you can cut off sections if you want as the loop is quite big. You can also extend it. We rode from Betws-y-coed itself up the tarmac and joined the loop at the far end, doing the last 1/3rd first. We then did the last third again at the end and dropped back to Betws-y. The second time it was better, not sure if it was the order we did stuff but the fire road sections seemed shorter or maybe the better weather meant the singletrack was faster and more fun.

Either way a good trail and better than Penmachno which we had ridden the day before.

User Review

Good Points
Some really good sections.
Plenty of singletrack descents to make you smile
Bad Points
Some big fire road stretches, doesnt seem to change much.
No facilities/cafe at the main car park. (But Betws-y-coed is close and a bit of map reading you can start from there)
Would you recommend?
Yes
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(Updated: October 15, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
A natural trail but a bit boring for the first 1 hour only finally gets going toward the end then its finished! nice views and nice and quiet unlike the busier trail centres full of amateurs and posers.

User Review

Good Points
dragons tail
Bad Points
fire road followed by more fire road..oh! a downhill section oh then more fire road.
Would you recommend?
No
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Off thr beaten track
(Updated: July 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.4
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
1.5
A great hidden gem with lots of great singletrack. Once you get passed the initial climb, you get away from any road noise and really feel you are away from it all. This can be a bit eerie if on your own as it's not a busy place.

User Review

Good Points
Well marked route with option halfway to do the second loop or head back.
Mainly singletrack, fast in places with parts that are quite technical (more tyupical of Wales).
Very uncrowded
Ample parking
Bad Points
Other than parking, no facilities on site, but the town is a mile or two down the road.
Not many people around if you do get in to trouble.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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