North Wales provides a spectacular setting for cyclists and mountain bikers.
Altogether there is over 500 miles of purpose-built cycling tracks in North Wales, along the coast and through Snowdonia. The smooth tarmac surface makes it easier for cyclists of all ages to take in the beautiful scenery along the way.
For those looking for a little bit more adventure, North Wales’ mountains provide the perfect challenge for mountain bikers.
There are two superb, but very different trails at Gwydyr Forest and Penmachno. These trails offer hundreds of km of fire roads to explore as well as waterfalls, lakes and mountain views.
The Marin Trail in Gwydyr Forest offers big climbs, big descents, single track and amazing scenery to make this a trail to remember. Most of the climbs are on forest roads and tracks giving you time to take in the views. The single track varies from very tight, technical and rocky to wonderfully open and flowing, from dark forest to exposed ridge lines.
The Penmachno Trail is a challenging trail with steady climbs taking in spectacular scenery. The trail mainly uses forest roads but also includes some single track, bridge crossings, elevated wooden sections and stream crossings.
Mountain Biking Wales makes it easier for families to have a fun day out on their bikes at other trails based at visitor centres with a range of facilities onsite such as bike shops, changing areas, playgrounds, parking and cafes. The trails feature safe starter routes, with no steep climbs or traffic to worry about, as well as more technical options for older riders.
In North Wales there are great family trails at Coed Llandegla and Coed Y Brenin – perfect for a great day out and a relaxed ride with the kids.
For road cyclists, routes range from the traffic-free Wales Coast Path to rural roads, which weave in and out of pretty villages, offering some great climbing and wonderful scenery.