Rocks and roots

Coed y Brenin

Coed y Brenin has a real spaghetti of trails which are mostly red graded (and even the black graded ones are only a bit harder). The Beast is 38km and rides almost all the sections, except Dream Time, but there's loads of other variations at lengths from 7km and up.

To roughly classify all the named sections:

Rock slabs - no net height gain/loss but still quite tricky: Badger, Cain (first part)
Steep, technical descent: Cain (second part), Abel, Lurch, Uncle Fester, Beginning of the End
Flowy, undulating - not net height gain: Pink Heifer (start), Dream Time
Tricky climbing: Pinderosa
Natural trail climbing: Brutus, far NE corner (though this is apparently very scenic....)
Less remarkable descents: Slated, Morticia, Pugsley, Pink Heifer, Big Dug, Beefy, Hermon, Gomez, Glide
Berms: Bottom of Morticia, bottom of Hermon, bottom of Dream Time, Adam and Eve
Tight corners: Seven Sisters

There are cafes (both recommended) before Pink Heifer and after Hermon.

The Tarw trail is a bit of a disappointment. There's some nice bits on it but also a huge fire road descent in the middle which is very sad.

There's also a new Blue trail called the Minotaur. It's very wide and smooth (designed for all-ability bikes) but has one section of incredible berms and also handily marks all tiny drop offs with a danger sign so you now exactly when to jump!

Rating: 4, "Among the best riding in the UK".
Added: 2014-02-05 , Last updated: 2014-03-15
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