Hi,me and the Mrs are having a week in North Wales next week, first 4 nights we are stopping at Betws-y-coed,where are the best places for a nancyboy to pootle around without falling off? (recent injury means falling off is out of the question) Are there blue routes at the trail centres or are the reds manageble with the odd prudent dismount?
Tell me to MTFU if you wish, but I’ll ignore you 😀Posted 6 years agoPJM1974Member
The Marin trail is quite tame really and it definitely flatters the rider. That’s not a bad thing at all, in fact I’ve ridden it on three different bikes ranging from a 100mm forked Rockhopper all the way up to a Marin Quad 140 and it’s definitely the most fun on a hardtail. If you go with too much bike the climbs are a swine and the techy descents are over far too quickly – indeed on the Marin it felt like I was playing an arcade game.
The views are amazing though, enjoy!Posted 6 years ago
What a brilliant time to come, it’s red hot here. Went for first ride before breakfast this morning. Rode from riverside caravan park Betws-y-coed and up the forest road to where the marin trail crosses it, then followed trail as far as car park and returned via forest road and a cheeky bit. Quite hilly! Just 13 miles today. May try and do complete trail tomorrow. It’s a lot easier being able to ride from site which means the mrs can chill out – and have me brekky ready 😀Posted 6 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Not been over for a few weeks as in the middle of house floggage.
Follow the locals advice, basically.
Loads of lovely, safe, but fun stuff right on your doorstep.
The Bikefax Snowdonia Guidebook is invaluble if you have a day on your own – lots of pleasant routes from Betwys – Elin’s Fancy if you’re feeling a bit delicate, Elin’s Revenge for a cracking afternoon out.
Marin is lovely, proper oldschool and you can pick up the trail about a mile and a half from Betwys (4-5 miles? you’re going the wrong way 🙂 )
You’re only about half an hour from Llanberis slate quarry or Conwy mountain if you fancy something a bit different.Posted 6 years ago
Again, locals or the Bikefax book (written by locals) will help you out no end.
Yep, nice vid. Out of my range at mo (well any time really) but enjoyed walk up Snowdon yesterday, though I did nearly poo my pants on Crib Goch! My that was scary… Nearly bottled it at one point but manned up, fantastic views, took my camera but forgot to charge it up 😳Posted 6 years ago
Did last bit of Marin this morn, done it all now (in 3 rides) will do the whole shebang in the mornin. Got to say it is quite a physical challenge, some loooong climbs. Good fun though.rhyswilliams3Member
Hey, just jumped onto this post as i’m planning on coming down that neck of the woods over easter for a couple of days with my gf, and she’s fairly new to riding so the tamer red runs would be perfect 🙂 Ideally i’d like to do the Marin, Penmachno and one of the similar runs at CyB
Has anyone any recommendations as to campsites? and would i be better off booking or can i turn up on the day as it will be a bit of a last minute decision on when to go.
Cheers/Diolch 😉Posted 6 years ago
We stayed at the riverside caravan park in Betws-y-coed. We were in our motorhome, excellent site with great facilities – bit pricey though.Posted 6 years ago
There is a small area for tents, not sure how much the charge is for them though. I enjoyed riding form the site and doing various bits of Marin with other bits mixed in. Will have to come back another time to do Penmachno and Coed-y-brenin.
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