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A new mountain bike trail is to open in Penmachno close to Betws-y-Coed.

Construction of a new mountain bike trail will soon begin in woodland at Penmachno close to Betws-y-Coed. The 32 km trail will cost £220,000 to build and should be finished in around 16 months. The trail construction is being funded by a grant from the Forestry Commissions Cydcoed Project and is one of the biggest projects undertaken by the organisation which is funded jointly by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Union.

It is anticipated that the trail will employ 13 full-time jobs with the promise of a further two once the trail is completed....more information >>
This is very good news for mountain bikers and locals in an an area of low employment but the project seems to confirm the march towards commercialisation of the Forestry Commission in Wales. In the last few weeks they have also submitted plans to erect hundreds of holiday cabins in the Gwydir Forest above Betws y Coed to the consternation of local tourist operators. ( this has been refused ..editor).I hope I am wrong but could they be promoting Wind Farms in Snowdonia next ?? As I understand it they do not have to submit to normal planning rules as they are deemed to be owned by the Crown.

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