Trail centre: Coed y Brenin
Length: 31.1km (19.3miles)
Start point: Coed y Brenin trail centre. Right off the A470 North of Dolgellau. Reputedly the oldest trail centre in the country.
Description: Huge and outstanding red graded trail. Can be made both shorter and cheaper (though not necessarily better) by joining the trail at Coe’n y Coed, which also means that everything you ride is also on the black graded Beast of Brenin trail. Singletrack climbs up through woodland, some fantastic sections of cross country singletrack, and then a long climb up to the top and the more challenging sections of the trail.
Good stuff: Incredible singletrack sections, and a long, satisfying and challenging ride. Very difficult to pin down any outstanding bits in a trail that is all excellent.
Difficult stuff: Some sections of climb are a challenge, and will require a foot to help out, or possibly two at times. The climb in the middle is an absolute killer – just goes on and on. It’s totally worth it, but difficult to keep on with at the time. The Adams family sections get progressively tougher, from tricky and fun in Gomez and Morticia through difficult in Pugsley. Pugsley’s Bottom and Lurch are steep, slippery, heavily cambered rock gardens that I couldn’t handle.
Verdict: Outstanding, and a very satisfying ride.