X-country single track
Wales is arguably one of the best places for Xcountry single track biking in Europe and the World. With a good selection of green, blue, red and black routes in north and mid Wales alone there is enough to keep the most avid mountain biker happy for a while. The area is attracting riders from further and further afield and together with other adventure activities on offer in the area it is the place to come for an adrenilin packed holiday. Unlike some of the other adventure activities on offer in north Wales, xcountry mountain biking does involve skill, fitness and and certain degree of risk of injury so before you embark on a xcountry biking experience make sure you are ready for it! If you are new to it why not try and guided ride to start?
The main single track trails in the immediate area are:
Gwydir Mawr and Bach - Red routes
Gwydir Mawr is 25 km in length and combines some great single track with sections of forest fire trail. There are big climbs and big descents, and amazing secenery. A real trail to remember and to be taken seriously. The trails can be accessed from several points around Betws Y Coed. Gwydir Bach (8.7km) is a shorter version of the main route. The route is done in an anti clockwise direction and is very well signposted .
Penmachno _ Red Route
The Penmachno trails have been developed and maintained by local MTB volunteer enthusiasts. The trails consist of 2 linking loops Dolen Machno (19km) and Dolen Eryri (11km) and can be accesed fro the Panmachno area, some 3 miles from Betws Y Coed. (drop off and pick can be provided by arrangement) . This is a remote ride with a natural feeling and glorious scenery. There is little or no phone signal in this remote valley, please be well equipped and let us know if you are riding there.
This down hill bike centre is around 15 miles away in Blaenau Ffestioniog . There are red and black descent routes and an uplift service is provided. Please note that bikes hired from Beics Betws are not suitable for use at Antur Stiniog.
Coed Y Brenin
Some 30 miles away are the Black, Red Blue and Green routes of Coed Y Brenin . With its visitor centre, bike hire and shop it makes for another great day Xcountry biking in north Wales. The routes vary considerably in length and difficulty . Bikes hired from beics Betws maybe transported or deliverd to Coed Y Brenin by arrangement