Mountain Biking Wales and stay in Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia and North Wales holiday cottages
Published: Sunday 26th May 2013
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Wales Holidays visitors will find that, just like the Welsh landscape, mountain biking comes in all shapes and sizes, from biking on purpose-built forest trails to ancient, grassy drovers’ roads across the wild and empty ‘roof of Wales’.
There are 7 purpose-built centres and 8 ‘bases’ in Wales, for exhilarating fun at all times of the year! Click on the links for more information and nearby Wales Holidays cottages in the different areas.
Coed-y-Brenin near Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park was the first forest to be developed for mountain biking and is still the sport’s premier location. In Machynlleth, mountain biking trails have been created on rights of way around the town and in the Dyfi Forest. Head to Snowdon, where the fittest can bike up the highest mountain in Wales; others may prefer the miles of forestry routes around Betws-y-Coed. And on Anglesey, enjoy stunning sea views from the Anglesey Coastal path.
East of Snowdonia and with great mountain views, the Hiraethog area around Denbigh and the Vale of Clwyd includes Clocaenog Forest, Llyn Brenig and Denbigh moors. There’s also a purpose built centre at Coed Llandegla near Wrexham. Outstanding scenic beauty around Rhayader and the Elan Valley is perfect for mountain biking, while the border area around Knighton and Kington is one of the finest for off-road biking.
A great range of trails in the Brecon Beacons too. Mountain biking in Pembrokeshire tends to be family oriented, though more demanding trails can be tackled in the Preseli Mountains. Brechfa Forest, between Carmarthen and Llandovery, offers a range of trails, as does Afan Forest Park in the Swansea area, easily accessed off the M4.