THE TRAILS

Afon

This trail of 13km should take most riders about 1.5 hrs to complete. It is suitable for beginners and families and follows in the main sections of road and forestry track close to the River Mawddach. People will also pass the former workings of the Gwynfynydd goldmines.

Temptiwr

This trail of 9km in length is also said to be suitable for novices and beginners and should take people about an hour to complete. The trail is said to give people a short taster of some of the best bits of the trails close to the visitors' centre.

MBR

More advanced riders should find this 18km trail more to their liking, which is said to include more open-style trails that pass through some of the best scenery within the Coed-y-Brenin. Most people should take around 2 hours to finish this whole course. It has recently been upgraded to include new feature, the Cavity.

Tarw

This trail was the former Red Bull trail, which was also the very first biking trail to be laid out within the whole of the Coed-y-Brenin. But it has now been extended to a full 20km and includes plenty of technically challenging sections that include rocks, twists and turns that should almost certainly keep riders on the edge of their seats. Most people should take up to 2 hrs to finish the course, which is only suitable for more advanced bikers.

Dragon's Back

This 31km course is for expert riders only and is characterised by long climbs, tight singletrack and long, fast descents, that pass through some amazing mountain scenery. Riders should allow four hours to complete this particular course.

The Beast

This trail as its name suggests is not for the faint-hearted and is seen as the most challenging trail of all within the Coed-y-Brenin. At 38km long, the trail promises to be both physically and mentally demanding, and people should not try it if their fitness levels are low. Don't underestimate the 'bite of the Beast' say writers at mbwales.com. Taking an average of 4.5 hours to complete, people need to be really sure they're capable of lasting the course, or perhaps should just tackle it a bit at a time.

The MinoTaur

This newly built trail starts from the Coed-y-Brenin vistors' centre, and is split into two sections. The first shorter route covers 3km, while the longer route covers 5km in total. It leads people out along the Rivers Eden and Mawddach and allows beginners to practice their skills and agility before trying out the tougher and more challenging courses.