Throwback Thursday – The rebirth of Coed y Brenin

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The rebirth of Coed y Brenin.
Words and photos by Chipps.

Donald Trump will be heading to the White House in Washington DC next year, what does this do with Coed y Brenin? Well, this could be the rebirth of the U.S (for better or worse), and we also thank Ben Washington in the article too.

It's not all drops and jumps at Coed y Brenin, there are trails to suit everyone!
It’s not all drops and jumps at Coed y Brenin, there are trails to suit everyone!

Back in 1995, there was no such thing as a British mountain bike trail centre. There was barely such thing as a marked mountain bike route, outside of a tour of the fire roads. But in late 1996, the UK’s first dedicated, public, free, legal and purpose-built mountain bike trail opened at Coed y Brenin, a quiet forest park in North Wales.

Since then, the mountain bike landscape in the UK has changed forever and trail centres have become as much a part of the mountain bike scene as dedicated ski-resorts have to skiing.

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Thanks to: Andy Braund, Joe Hayward, Steve, Tegid, Reece, Ben Washington, Sian and Dafydd Roberts (and Racsyn) at


Comments (3)

    I preferred it before the re-birth. The old trails had more character and the original cafe was much nicer than the new one.

    Been a while….think it maybe time to head back for a looksee…

    Definately worth a trip, it still has the old Welsh rocks with a modern twist. If you have time include the Marin trail at Betwys Coed, the new section there is a work of art.

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