11 of the best MTB destinations in Wales
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From mellow meanders to charging gnarly pro lines, discover the best of Wales.
Wales has firmly established itself as one of the best mountain bike destinations in the UK. From wild natural trails and flowing singletrack to purpose-built bike parks and downhill tracks, it really does have something for all tastes and levels of riding. To help you find out more about what’s on offer, we’ve picked out 11 of the best mountain bike spots to discover in Wales (in no particular order).
1. Antur Stiniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog
Nestled in the heart of Snowdonia, Antur Stiniog is home to six downhill and freeride trails that range from blue to black in severity, allowing riders of all abilities to have a go. The trails are serviced by an uplift, which has been hailed as one of the best and fastest in the UK. To get the most out of your day and to avoid any disappointment during high season it’s recommended that you book this uplift service in advance. Other facilities available include bike hire, a bike wash, an onsite cafe and mountain bike coaching for riders of all levels.
2. Coed Llandegla, near Wrexham
Being just a 20 minute drive from Chester, Coed Llandegla is one of the most accessible mountain bike areas in North Wales. From a cruisy green trail around a reservoir right up to a gnarly black downhill track, it ticks all the trail grade boxes, offering something for all ability levels. Facilities include a bike shop, bike hire, workshop and onsite cafe.
3. Coed y Brenin, near Dolgellau
Coed y Brenin is a growing network of all-weather singletrack offering a gateway into the stunning landscape of Snowdonia. There are nine routes available, from mellow green and blue trails for the novices to more rocky and technical black trails for the experts to tackle. There’s also a skills area to work on your progression or simply have a bit of fun on your bike. Facilities include a cafe, bike hire, bike wash, shop and showers.
4. Penmachno, near Betws-y-Coed
Tucked away in Snowdonia National Park, Penmachno offers year-round natural riding in amongst beautiful ancient woodland. You can either ride the full 30km loop in one go, or break it down into more manageable chunks if you're feeling less energetic. The 19km loop offers fast descents and thigh-burn inducing climbs, while the 11km loop is a bit mellower, with flowing singletrack and the chance to take in some absolutely stunning views. While the facilities are limited onsite, head down the road to Betws y Coed for local amenities, including refreshments and bike services.
5. Brechfa, near Carmarthen
Whether you’re happy kicking about on the mellow stuff, or more of a speed junkie looking to rag it, Brechfa caters for all types of riders, with green, blue, red and black graded trails. This huge forest area has all-weather surfaces, making it the perfect choice for year-round riding. While a smaller set up, it does boast all the necessities including free parking, picnic areas, BBQ facilities and an onsite cafe.
6. BikePark Wales, near Merthyr
Despite its relatively short existence, BikePark Wales has already firmly established itself on the trail centre map and become one of most highly regarded mountain bike facilities in the UK. Describing itself as the ski resort of the bike world, the park is nothing short of massive. With two greens, nine blues, eight reds, nine expert trails and two pro lines, there truly is a line for everyone. To help you tackle all this ground, there’s a regular uplift service that aims to provide 15 downhill runs a day. Other facilities include bike maintenance and hire, showers, a bike wash, bike shop, onsite cafe and even camping.
7. Afan Forest Park, near Port Talbot
With its flowing singletrack, open hill trails and even a bike park, Afan has established itself as one of the best riding spots in the UK. With six trails ranging from 7km to 40km, there’s a whopping 130km of trails to discover in the forest. The park has two trail centres – Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and the Glyncorrwg Mountain Biking Centre – which both feature a bike shop and cafe. Being just minutes from the M4, this mountain bike area is easily accessible from many areas of the UK.
8. Nant-yr-Arian Forest, near Aberystwyth
Sitting high up on the mountains, Nant-yr-Arian Forest offers rugged riding at its best. From mountain climbs and wading through rivers to technical and rocky descents, it’s an area that offers the true wilderness experience. There are two red graded trails and a black trail offering 60km of ground to explore. Despite being off the beaten trac, Aberystwyth is just 10 miles away if you’re looking for a livelier base. Facilities include a cafe serving locally sourced food and Welsh cream teas and a car park.
9. Elan Valley
The Elan Valley has made a name for itself by providing some of the best natural riding conditions in the UK. Set amongst a spectacular backdrop of Victorian dams, old railways, woodlands and reservoirs, this is the perfect option for soaking up the scenery. Facilities out of the Elan Valley Visitor Centre include an onsite cafe, bike hire and a ranger service to help you get the most out of the trails on offer.
10. Brecon Beacons
Located in South and Mid Wales, the Brecon Beacons National Park is a huge area full of wild and natural beauty. The trails take you through open forests and up challenging climbs, with the option of steep drops and descents thrown in along the way for those feeling adventurous. It’s a huge expanse to cover, but to make things simpler, all the routes start and finish at one of five bike hubs. Head to Brecon, Sennybridge and Talybont-on-Usk if you’re still building up your confidence, while Crickhowell and Talgarth should be the choice of the more advanced, with trails to satisfy even the experts.
11. Revolution Bike Park
Revolution Bike Park is situated in Llangynog, Wales, in the Tanat Valley at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains. The uplift-assisted bike park is spread over 120 acres of woodland. If advanced, techy trails are your thing, then Revs is the place for you! With a total of ten downhill and freeride trails to wet your appetite (the builders are constantly working on developing new trails), you can spend days figuring out your favourite lines. If you're feeling brave, then you have to check out the 50:01 pro-line, opened in 2017, which features huge jumps and massive gaps built by Steve Peat, Josh Bryceland, Sam Dale and the rest of the 50:01 crew. This is a bike park done right.