Near Betws-Y-Coed in Snowdonia National Park, the Gwydyr Forest Centre has long challenging climbs lead to miles of brand new technical singletrack weaving through trees and boulders, across streams and down snaking ridge lines to get your heart and brakes pumping. Alternatively you can explore the hundreds of km of fire road trails yourself. 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.
Meanwhile Betws-y-Coed itself is packed with cafes, restaurants, pubs and outdoor shops as well as an excellent mountain bike shop and a wide range of accommodation in the town and local area.
Directions: 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 Gwydyr forest 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.
Betws y Coed also has its own railway station. For rail details call 08457 484950.
Overall, Gwydyr Forest Centre is the 81st most popular mountain bike trail of all 93 mountain biking rides in UK.