It’s all marked out but dont expect visitor centre facilities as its one of the more ‘back country’/natural approaches to a route. Drive back to nearby Betwsy afterwards for somewhere to eat and drink. we’ve been once before and hated it but I think the weather altered our decision and judgement so we’re going back soon to give it a second chance. From what i hear its very much marmite.Posted 3 years agobinnersSubscriber
We were stupid enough to ride it in January when the snow was melting off the tops. And the trail does literally become a stream, as we sloshed through it all the way around. I can say , without a doubt, it is the coldest and wettest I have ever been on a bike. And I live in Lancashire! 😯 despite having decent winter gear on, I couldn’t feel my hands or feet by half way round. I’ve been back in better weather and it redeemed itself though.Posted 3 years agoloweySubscriber
Very marmite. Personally its one of my favourite man made tracks I;ve ever ridden. Loop 2 is a bit pedally and is there really just to pad out the distance. Loop 1 is ace. Hit it fast and its a real blast.
Some great natural riding in the area too though. If you have time and a GPS I’d be doing Loop of Llyn CowlydPosted 3 years agozedzMember
Have ridden it 3 times in last 3 months. It always seems to have some wet bits even when the weather has been absolutely dry 😯
Last time we were there was two weeks ago it had been raining a bit and then the sun came out and the light through the trees was absolutely amazing, backlight cutting through the trees highlighting steam coming off the drying trails! Nice and quiet, fantastic views and easy waymarking.Posted 3 years agommelMember
I was there a couple of weeks ago and all that is said above is true. It is always wet, even after a long dry spell but if you go with the attitude of once your wet you can’t get wetter, the trails are really quite good. Almost everything is on singletrack and there are some really good twisty narrow sections that flow well. The climbs aren’t too bad either.
I’ve ridden there twice now and look forward to going again. Just make sure you weatherproof yourself and your bike as well as you can, and take some warm dry clothes to change into afterwards!Posted 3 years agooffthebrakesSubscriber
Some great natural riding in the area too though. If you have time and a GPS I’d be doing Loop of Llyn Cowlyd
I did that route a couple of weeks back! Really enjoyed it on a sweltering hot afternoon, although being from the South I don’t get much practice riding rocks – by the end my rock-skills had progressed from “pitiful” to “poor”.
The road descent to Trefriw was a strange finish to a MTB ride, dropping nearly 400m on tarmac. Great fun for a road though, loose, very steep, loads of hairpins, would be scary on a road bike. Would also make an epic road climb!
As for Penmachno, holds up very well in the wet, one of my favourite trail centres.Posted 3 years ago
Great trail/trails. Pretty much run by volunteers too… The Eagles in Penmachno is excellent too – no need to go to Betws-y-coed for food if it’s open. Agree re the Cowlyd loop – a real gem. But there is just no way to avoid that road descent 🙁 It may be better started at capel Curig, that way it at least comes in the middle so you get the singletrack from Crimpiau at the end 🙂Posted 3 years agosingletrackstinkerMember
Have ridden it twice now and agree with what’s been said above about loop 2 being a little uninspiring. If i visit again I won’t be doing loop 2 as (IMO) all the best riding is on the first loop.
Having said that, there are some stunning views off the top of loop 2. Great for lunch breaks if it’s not raining and the midges aren’t about!Posted 3 years agoLesterMember
Went there a couple of weeks ago, loop 1 my first experience of riding in Wales, i found it quite hard but very rewarding, i was with much better riders than me who dragged me along with them, thanks guys.Posted 3 years ago
Its a nice mix of riding and ill remember it fondly. Yes it was very wet but i didnt notice as i was having so much fun.
loop 2 is a lot more pedally and took a very similar time as loop 1 which i got much more out of.bullandbladderMember
Loop two is worth doing (well, adding-on really as it’s not a separate loop). Otherwise it’s a bit short IMO.Posted 3 years ago
You WILL get wet. Very wet. Even if it’s a glorious sunny day you will get wet.
If you have time, get over to the Marin trail and ride that afterwards. It gets a lot of stick on here for not being all gnar-core overgrown BMX track, but it’s alright.
Try the Stables in B-y-C for plentiful food and beerage.
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