Coed-y-Brenin Forest – a beautiful forest in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park

Coed-y-Brenin is a forest located in the Snowdonia National Park. It is popular with mountain bikers and hikers, not only because it has great trails but also because of the stunning views surrounding the forest. It is also home to Britain's first purpose-built mountain biking centre, and is really popular with cyclists. We wanted to highlight this forest as we have previously written about Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest and we wanted to write about another great and often underrated forest to visit. Let's get into the guide:


What are the popular trails within the forest?
Visiting Coed-y-Brenin in 2022

What are the popular trails within the forest?

As we mentioned in our introduction, there are a few trails that you can explore throughout the forest, including walking trails and mountain biking trails. However it is the latter that most people are interested in, so we'll focus on the mountain biking trails. Some of these can be really quite advanced, so don't feel ashamed if you choose to stick to the easier trails. The options include:


Y Afon
This is a low-level route but is still quite long at just under 11km. If you're looking for a really picturesque ride then this is for you - you'll get to see the river Mawddach and the waterfalls on the river Gain.


This is another fairly straightforward trail which is great for all ages. There are a few jumps you can try if you're feeling extra brave.


This is where it gets a little more challenging, because although this trail is only 9km long, it does include a few technical parts including a stone slab to navigate.


Cyflym Coch
If you've mastered the previous trails and you're feeling even more adventurous, Cyflym Coch is a great option.


Dragon's Back
This trail starts off pretty fun and chilled, but the end includes a climb to the highest point in the forest, so make sure you save some energy for the finish!


Not only is this trail reasonably long at almost 20km, it also features a range of technical obstacles including bedrocks and loose climbs.


Tarw Du
This is known as the first purpose-built mountain bike trail in the UK, so if you want to be a part of mountain biking history then this is a great option. It definitely has a retro feel!


Ok, so this is for the really brave and really skilled mountain bikers. Not only is this trail 35km long, but it's also packed with technical obstacles. If you complete this trail then you are definitely a beast.

Visiting Coed-y-Brenin (2022)

There is a visitor centre next to the forest which includes information about the trails as well as toilet facilities.


Car parking costs:
Free for the first 20 minutes
£2 for 2 hours
40p for every additional 20 minutes
The maximum charge is £7 per day.

If you enjoyed this guide, read our other guides about Welsh locations including Aberystwyth, Crickhowell, and Builth Wells.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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