Mountain Biking

There has been nothing but praise and big smiles from riders completing the newly built mountain bike circuit above Penmachno. Since August '05 the trail has been de-restricted, meaning it can be ridden but is not officially open due to a planning regulation.

Judging by the number of cars in recent weekends filling the temporary car park area, word has quickly spread how much fun is to be had on the open and fast flowing single-track that makes up the 19km loop 1 and 15km loop 2.

However, it is vital not to cause an obstruction by thoughtless roadside parking at busy times. The local community group, Menter Bro Machno, who are responsible for driving this venture forward, have placed an honesty box at the trail-head asking bikers for a contribution towards the continued upkeep of the circuit.


Snowdonia-Active provided initial key funding for the project to secure around £500,000 in grants from Cydcoed (Woods for all, the £16 million Forestry Commission Wales grant programme funded by the European Union - Objective One - and Welsh Assembly Government which promotes Welsh forestry for Community development) and Adfywio.   Additional money from Cydcoed for loop 2 has made the trail one of the top mountain biking facilities in Snowdonia.

Of course Penmachno is not the only mountain bike trail in the area.  The Marin trail in the Gwydyr Forest is just a few miles away and Coed y Brenin can be accessed by car in under an hour across beautiful countryside.

For mountain biking courses, we are lucky to have “Tyred Out” as a near neighbour in the Glasgwm Valley. “Tyred-out” have access to low level country lanes and tracks, as well as higher level paths, forest tracks, and true mountain routes. Together with their extensive knowledge of the surrounding areas, they are able to offer clients enjoyable and rewarding courses to satisfy their specific needs.


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