is an ideal location for a Mountain Biking Holiday. The County offers a
wide variety of Mountain Bike trails, from trails with great views of the
northern coastline to trails high above the Conwy Valley, and trails within
the Snowdonia National Park.
y Coed and the Gwydir Forest Trails.
Llyn Elsi Trail :
The Llyn Elsi Trail is for the less adventurous riders. Starting in Betws
y Coed it is a 6.25 mile, (10km) forest track ride up to Llyn
(Lake) Elsi, south of the village. It is a steep climb up with an easy ride
round the lake and a long downhill ride back to the village.
Marin Route :
The Marin Trail, originally called the Gwydyr North Trail, is a challenging
15 mile (25km) ride on forest tracks through the Gwydir Forest high above
the Conwy Valley. This trail is suitable for experienced mountain bikers,
it has 450m of climbing and you should allow between 2 - 4 hours. The official
start point is a few miles north of Betws y Coed near Llanrwst
but it is possible to join the trail from Betws y Coed itself.
The Penmachno Trail is about 3 miles (5 km's) south of Betws-y-Coed,
The first section is open and the second section is due to open in October
2006. The first section has been well received
and everybody looks forward to the opening of the second section. However
users have not been parking in the correct space and this has caused problems
on the narrow lanes, There is an honesty box at the start of the trail for
users to contribute toward the upkeep. It must be worth a pound for all
Mountain and the Coast Trails :
Tal y Fan and the Druid's Circle Trail :
The Tal y Fan and Druid's Circle trail starts in the village of Rowen in
the North of the Conwy Valley. It is quite a climb to the plateau where
the trail comes alive. Once the climb levels out Tal y Fan is on the right
(610m, barely 2000ft) and the trail continues along the Roman Road through
"Pylon Pass", (as ugly a bunch of pylons you are likely to find
marching through the national park). In this section are the ancient standing
stones of Bwlch y Ddeufaen and
the Maen y Bardd burial chamber.
Drag yourself away from these lonely ancient monuments and exit the pass
north toward the coast and Penmaenmawr. After crossing the boggy moorland
that is criss crossed with small rivers, keep an eye open for the wild horses,
we come to the Druid's Circle of ancient stones. From here it is a nice
downhill ride either to Penmaenmawr or encircling Tal y Fan and returning
to Rowen village
Conwy Mountain Trail :
The Conwy Mountain Trail runs along the ridge on Conwy Mountain behind the
ancient Walled town of Conwy.
There are spectacular views toward Anglesey and the Snowdonia Range in the
West to the limestone headland of the Great Orme at Llandudno in the North
to the Clwydian Hills in the East. This trail is easily accessible from
the nearby holiday resorts of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, and is ideal as
part of a mountain bike holiday plan.
Llyn Brenig Trails :
Llyn Brenig is located on the borders of Denbighshire and Conwy County.
There are two trails, one, Around The Lake, is an easy route that allows
you to circumnavigate Lake Brenig. The other Trail "Up to the Lake"
taking you through Clocaenog Forest and again around Lake Brenig is a more
difficult trail of approximately 42km, (26miles) and you will need to allow
about 4hrs for completion. Click here for a map
of Llyn Brenig > Click here for more information on the Denbighshire
County Bike Trails
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