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Mountain Bike holiday in Snowdonia and Gwynedd north Wales

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Wales claims to host many of the top Mountain Bike Courses in the UK, and indeed the world. But this is no idle boast as the USA based International Mountain Biking Association recently declared that Wales’ mountain bike centres "offer some of the best new trails in the world ....something for every rider". The county of Gwynedd, which encompasses a large part of New! Click here for Mountain Bike Trails in Snowdonia and Gwynedd  Walesthe Snowdonia National Park, contains several of these top trails and on this page we include a Map showing the location of six of the best Mountain Bike Courses. However although the Map is useful in guiding you in the right direction to the best trails it won't help in getting you round the courses.

With this in mind local mountain bike enthusiasts Paul Barbier, Sue Savege, and Dafydd Davis, who know the trails in Snowdonia like the backs of their hands, have put together a great collection of trails in a guide titled "The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Snowdonia".
The guide provides full descriptions of 25 of the best mountain bike trails in the area, and includes colour photos, illustrations and accurate detailed maps of the routes. It is divided into four sections covering: the Gwydyr Forest trails, high above the Conwy Valley between Betws y Coed and Llanrwst ; the Coed Y Brenin trails near to Dolgellau in the south of Snowdonia ;the Llanberis and Mount Snowdon trails; and, to the north, the Conwy Mountain trails.
Each section begins with helpful information on the particular district of North Wales, and then proceeds to class the routes as either  Family; Classic; Expert or Epic. It can be difficult to grade mountain bike routes, but this guide aims to help you choose the ideal ride for your level of expertise and fitness by offering technical grades for degrees of difficulty from 1-5.
The mapping is based on the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000, but all the trails have been completely redrawn to highlight the information that is most relevant to mountain biking, whilst also supplying additional information to enable the rider to get the best out of the individual trails.

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Mountain Bike map of Snowdonia and Gwynedd.
This map shows:
Mountain Bike Courses
Main Roads
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Mountain Biking  Map of Snowdonia and Gwynedd. Move the cursor over the attractions, towns and Mountain Bike courses Llanrwst Maenan Betws y Coed Pentrefoelas at the gateway to Snowdonia National Park and ideal stopover en route to the Irish Ferries Rowen , small village in the beautiful Conwy Valley Bangor, a university town with a Cathedral. It is one of the smallest cities in the United Kingdom and is situated on the Menai Straits where the Snowdonia mountains reach the sea. Caernarfon, most well known for the World Heritage site of Caernarfon Castle. Attractions include a Roman Fort, the Welsh Highland Railway, a Floating Restaurant, Exclusive Craft shops, fine Restaurants, and a first class Golf course. Llanrug Bontnewydd Y Felinheli, picturesque harbour and marina, formerely called Port Dinorwic Llanberis lying beside Llyn Padarn lake at the foot of Mount Snowdon. A popular base for ascents of Snowdon (3,560ft), whether on foot or on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. Blaenau Ffestiniog, the town that roofed the world with Welsh Slate , that seems to be perched on the roof of the world  when entering through the clouds via the dramatic Crimea Pass Bala, traditional Welsh county town, surrounded by magnificent scenery and Bala Lake makes it ideal for Water Sport enthusiasts Talsarnau Harlech Llandanwg Barmouth accommodation Penmaenpool Dolgellau Dinas Mawddwy go to Map of Powys Llanwddyn, on the edge of beautiful Lake Vyrnwy go to Map of Ceredigion Carno go to Map of Conwy County Bylchau Aberdovey, seaside resort in beatiful estuary setting Pwlhelli Criccieth Porthmadog Port Meirion Machynlleth, historic market town

For a holiday in Snowdonia and Gwynedd north wales choose from this list of holiday cottage accommodation providers in Llanberis, Snowdonia and Gwynedd. Please note the properties listed are not specifically offering Mountain Bike holidays.
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