Between Dolgellau and Ffestiniog in rugged North Wales, the legendary Coed-y-Brenin area is the favorite capital of Welsh mountain biking. The 22,000 acre forest-of-the-king was developed over the past decade solely for mountain bikers. Known for its lush pine forests and gorges carved by the Mawddack and Eden Rivers, the rides occasionally offer vistas of the sheer Rhinogs and Rhobell Fawr. There are plenty of well marked trails with wild and rocky singletrack descents, such as on the Red Bull Trail (13km) or the Karrimor Trail (38km).
The visitor centre has a bike shop, wash, shower and cafe. It is located on A470 about 8 miles east of the coastal town of Barmouth (about a 5 hour drive from London).
Directions: Head for Birmingham and then take M6 north. Turn west onto M54 past Telford. Take A5 round Shrewsbury then turn onto A458 through Welshpool. Take A470 north to Dolgellau at Mallwyd roundabout. From Dolgellau head north on A470, taking a left turn for visitor centre after five miles.
Overall, Coed y Brenin Forest Centre is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 93 mountain biking rides in UK.