Exploring Snowdonia by Rail and by Cycle3rd March 2015
When you come to Barmouth Bay for your next holiday, there are many things you’ll want to bring along with you, but something you should definitely consider is a bike! From Barmouth Bay, you can explore the wonders of Snowdonia by train and by bike, and there truly are many wonders to behold.
Snowdonia is awash with fantastic cycling routes, and many of them are within easy striking distance of Barmouth Bay. If you’re traveling with the family, or in a group with mixed cycling/fitness ability, then the best way to see the area is by cycling the Mawddach Trail. This easygoing 9-mile route runs from Dolgellau to Morfa Mawddach on the south side of Barmouth Bridge, even running along the disused railway bridge.
Those with a more adventurous side need only head further north from Barmouth up to Blaenau Ffestiniog, the former “slate capital” of the world. In an old slate quarry in this unassuming place is the Antur ‘Stiniog Mountain Bike Centre, which boasts four specialist downhill trails with rollers, jumps, drops and rock features. It’s an amazing up and coming location for those looking for mountain bike adventures in Snowdonia.
If your group contains a mix of adventurous and traditional cyclists, then Coed Y Brenin (also north of Dolgellau) is home to a network of hand-built, all-weather courses – 7 trails in total – arranged in difficulty from green to black. Trails include off-road mountain bike courses, and family-friendly paths along the Mawddach River. Maps of the trails are available from the visitor centre there.