Home to some of the UK’s most scenic natural landscapes, North Wales is the perfect destination for mountain biking, tours, and adventures.
We’ve noticed that a lot of our guests at Rwst love their bikes. And who can blame them – our incredible local scenery, landscapes and trails make for epic cycling territory. So, on that basis, we thought it might be a helpful idea to pull together some of our favourite North Wales cycling jaunts.
All Rwst guests are welcome to use our bike wash station, and to store bikes in our secure lock up. Just ask us for more details when you check in. And if you are interested in hiring some wheels, we can recommend local suppliers Snowdonia Bikes in Llanrwst, or Beics Betws in Betws y Coed.
Happy pedaling everybody!
1. The Gwydir Mawr a Bach / Marin Trail near Llanrwst
The Gwydir Mawr a Bach – also known as the Marin Trail – is one of the ‘must-dos’ for any serious mountain biker visiting North Wales, and you’ll find it just on the outskirts of Llanrwst. Expect graded trails for all abilities, with some big climbs and descents on forest trails and singletrack. There are fabulous views of the Snowdonia mountains along the way.
1 mile from Rwst
2. The Pump Track at Adventure Parc Snowdonia
Adventure Parc Snowdonia’s new pump track is an adventure the whole family can enjoy, with a mini pump track for kids under 10. A pump track is basically an asphalt circuit of rollers and banked turns with a split track so you can race whoever you’re riding with. Ride with a mountain bike, BMX, or hire a specialist pump track bike from the parc. Adventure Parc Snowdonia is also home to a world-first inland surf lagoon, so you can catch some waves once you’re done on the pump track.
5 miles from Rwst
3. Penmachno Trails near Betws y Coed
The Penmachno Trails are a hidden gem of North Wales mountain biking, with 30km of super-sweet single-track and scenic forest trails riding high through Snowdonia National Park. Choose from 3 main trails each with their own challenges and character. Again, the mountain views are stupendously good.
8.5 miles from Rwst
4. Antur Stiniog
Set in the stunning slate mountains of Blaenau Ffestiniog, and with far-reaching views towards the Irish Sea, Antur Stiniog offers 14 fantastic gravity fed trails for all shades of rider from novice to world cup racer. The downhill trails are graded from green to black. Antur Stiniog includes a mountain uplift service, and bikes are available to hire from the site.
14 miles from Rwst
5. Coed y Brenin
Hire a bike from the visitor centre to explore the world-class mountain bike trails of Coed y Brenin, with trails to suit all abilities. There is also a café, plenty of family walking trails, a nice play area and some gorgeous spots for a riverside picnic.
30 miles from Rwst
6. Newborough Forest trails, Anglesey
You’ll find Newborough Forest on the southern corner of Anglesey, just a short hop over the Menai Bridge from the mainland at Bangor. Newborough is a very special place – a superb pine forest rolling down to a beautiful beach, and plenty of traffic-free cycling trails through the forest which are suitable for the whole family.
34 miles from Rwst
The Llandegla Forest in Denbighshire is a brilliant place to go for a mountain bike fix, with over 50km of graded waymarked trails to explore and gorgeous views of the Clwydian hills. Trails range from nice and easy family days out to more challenging downhill tracks. Bike hire is available from One Planet Adventure at the start point of the trails.
35 miles from Rwst
8. The Mawddach Trail near Barmouth
The traffic-free Mawddach trail follows the course of an old railway line from Barmouth to Ruabon. It will take you through stunning scenery and over beautiful old wooden bridges. A magical – and relatively easy – day out on two wheels with a superb mountains-and-coast backdrop.
38 miles from Rwst