Buried right in the heart of Snowdonia, Betws y Coed is the outdoor adventure capital of Wales. No wonder then that it’s been a mountain biking Mecca since the first Muddy Fox’s rolled into town.
Now the 100kms of legendary local routes are boosted by two superb, but very different man-made trails at Gwydyr Forest and Penmachno.
With two trails and hundreds of km of fire road trails to explore, whichever you choose, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, awe-inspiring mountain vistas and forgotten river valleys deep in the Gwydyr Forest provide a stunning scenic backdrop.
Betws-y-Coed itself is packed with cafes, restaurants, pubs and outdoor shops as well as an excellent bike shop and a wide range of accommodation in the town and local area. If you want to stretch your legs and lungs in serious scenery this is the place to come.
- Make sure you come prepared as there are no trailhead facilities at present.
- Expect the unexpected for weather conditions, take some spares and tools in case of breakdown.
- There are public toilets in Betws y Coed by the train station.
We have provided as much information as possible about nearby facilities on the individual downloadable trail cards, such as toilets and car parking, refreshments, shops and bike services. A quick search on our own map for nearby facilities will give you more information about accommodation, restaurants and bike services.
From North / North East
Head for Manchester. Take M62 / M6 to M56 towards Chester. Take M53 / A55 south and west round Chester then A55 west to Llandudno. Head south down on A47 Vale of Conwy into Snowdonia towards Betws y Coed.
For the Gwydir Mawr and Gwydir Bach Trails, turn right over the historic bridge immediately after Llanrwst then right onto the B5106 past ‘Gwydyr Castle’. The trail head and forest visitor centre are on the right after 500m.
For Penmachno, from Betws y Coed, Head east on A5 toward B5106,Turn right to stay on A5, Turn right at B4406, Turn right at Newgate.
From Midlands and South
Head for Birmingham and then take M6 north. Turn west onto M54 past Telford. Take A5 round Shrewsbury and Oswestry. Follow A5 west at Chirk, through Llangollen to Betws y Coed.
For the Gwydir Mawr and Gwydir Bach trails, head west through Betws y Coed, turning right over a narrow bridge in the centre of the town. Follow the B5106 north towards Llanrwst for 4km and follow the Forestry Centre signs off to the left.
For Penmachno, from Betws y Coed, Head east on A5 toward B5106,Turn right to stay on A5, Turn right at B4406, Turn right at Newgate
Betws y Coed also has its own railway station. For rail details call 08457 484950.
For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: LL24 0AH
Use: Betws-Y-Coed Town Centre, OS Grid Reference: SH795565GB