Snowdonia Mountains and Coast is a mountain biking superstar. Admittedly, we have the terrain for it. But there are also the facilities to match.
The sport was introduced to the UK, big time, with the opening of the first manmade trails in the Coed y Brenin Forest Park in the early 1990s. We haven't looked back since. Coed y Brenin gets better and better. It's just opened a £1.7m extension to its visitor centre and beginners' bike skills course.
Blaenau Ffestiniog is also in on the act. Its new Antur Stiniog mountain biking centre, based at Llechwedd slate quarry, is wowing downhill fans. Here are some of the glowing reviews posted on www.ibikeride.com, a leading MTB site.
'Amazing Antur! Never been anywhere like it, some of the best trails in Wales and around the UK, I would say maybe top 15 in Europe!'
- Lewis Bradley
'Fun, fun and more fun! A brilliant addition to the N Wales mtb scene, Super efficient...and 4fab trails to enjoy.'
- Kath G
Cyclists should note that although cyclists have a legal right to cycle on bridle ways, the Law (Section 30, Countryside Act 1968) requires that they must give way to pedestrians and horse riders at all time.
Snowdon, this is especially important where there are exceptionally high levels of walkers using the Llanberis, Rhyd Ddu and Snowdon Ranger paths.
The following voluntary agreement to remedy the problem has been negotiated between the cycling organisation, the Sports Council for Wales, Gwynedd Council and Snowdonia National Park Authority, 10.00am to 5.00pm from 1st May - 30th September - please do not cycle to or from the summit of Snowdon during this period. From October to the end of April - full access.
Off Road Cycling
Off road cycling access is only provided along the following public rights of way as most of the land is privately owned and farmed:
Bridleways - cyclists must give way to walkers and horse riders
Road Used as Public Paths - normally available to cyclists
Unclassified country roads - white roads on OS maps but private roads are also shown in this way. Cyclists are advised to check their status on the definitive maps held by the Highways Department. Please note that public footpaths are for pedestrians only and to gain access to open land the owner's permission has to be sought.
Mountain Biking Centres
Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB
Coed y Brenin
Dolgellau LL40 2HZ
Betws y Coed
Machynlleth SY20 8AY