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Mountain biking in North Wales: The Forest Holidays guide

North Wales is home to some of the best mountain biking trails in the UK. With its challenging terrain and unbeatable panoramic views, mountain biking in North Wales is one of the best ways to discover nature at its most exhilarating. 

Cycling in Snowdonia 

Our Beddgelert location in Snowdonia is the ultimate base from which to experience mountain biking in North Wales. With lots of trails just a quick drive from your cosy woodland cabin and a few which start right from your front door - including the famous Lon Gwyrfai Path. 

And when there’s so much to see why waste a minute? When you book your break at Beddgelert you can also pre-book cycle hire for the whole family. This makes it super easy to hit the trails as soon as you arrive. Nice. 

Need a little more inspiration to get started? Try these other awesome North Wales mountain biking routes. 

Gwydir Mawr and Bach Mountain Bike Trail

Around 36 minutes away from Beddgelert lies the seriously good Gwydir Mawr and Bach. This 25km trail is what’s known as ‘proper mountain biking’ with its mix of forest roads and mountain views. Ranging from rocky to flowy, this is a fantastic route to test your mountain biking skills. 

The Clwydian Range Mountain Bike Trail 

Made up of swooping descents and stunning scenery, The Clwydian Range is well worth the 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Beddgelert. This trail forms part of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which means it’s definitely one for nature enthusiasts. 

Hiraethog and Llyn Brenig Mountain Bike Trail 

Craving solitude? This trail spans dark forests and deserted moors making it ideal for a secluded day out or family adventure - just one hour away from your cabin at Beddgelert. 

Comprising a range of different options, you can tailor your trip to Hiraethog by choosing from gentle child-friendly routes or more technical trails. There’s plenty of handy facilities and picnic spots too. 

Coed Llandegla Mountain Bike Trail 

Thrillingly fast and exceptionally muddy this atmospheric forest is suitable for all abilities. Home to a series of maintained trails of varied terrain including: Llandegla Black, Llandegla Blue, Llandegla Green and Llandegla Red. With convenient shops, cafes and visitor centre Llandegla Forest is one of North Wales’ most popular mountain biking spots. Just a 1 hour 30 minute drive from Beddgelert. 

The North Wales Coast Path Mountain Bike Trail 

Whether you want to challenge yourself or arrange a fun trip with a group, this trail is a fantastic way to get your cycling fix and stop off at a few picturesque seaside resorts.

Venture all the way to Holyhead or simply tick a few sights off your bucket list. The North Wales Coast Path is one of the most effective ways to soak up views of both the mountains and the ocean, all day long. 

Discover your new favourite mountain bike trails in North Wales

Boasting a reputation for world-class mountain biking, North Wales provides the quintessential break for cycling obsessives. And with handy resources such as Mountain Bike North Wales, Ride North Wales (as well as our simple Snowdonia mountain biking guide) you’ll never be stuck for incredible mountain bike routes to explore. 

To make the most of your North Wales escape, stay at our Beddgelert location in Snowdonia. Here you’ll be as close as possible to the action and near a relaxing hot tub for when those muscles start to ache. You can even enhance your weekend away with a pizza night or in-cabin spa experience. Perfect for recharging after a long day of mountain biking. 

No bike? No problem! There are plenty of places nearby that you can hire your mountain biking equipment: bikes, helmets and even protective pads. Find out more about bike hire.

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