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image for Cycle Route item typeTarw Ddu Mountain Bike Trail at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW)

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre

Coed Y Brenin Visitor Centre
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Cycle Route, free entry

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Details

The Tarw Ddu (black severe grade) Mountain Bike Trail (12.55 miles, 20.2 kilometres).
The Tarw Du (say Taroo Dee), which is Welsh for Black Bull, is not only the original trail built in Coed y Brenin but it is also the first purpose built mountain bike trail in the UK, and probably the
world!

This is where it all started and the success of this trail is why we have so many other great trail centres today.

This is THE classic trail and still knocks spots off more modern offerings elsewhere. It’s rocky, it’s retro, it’s twisty, it’s technical, it’s fast and will eally test your skills and fitness.

Have you got what it takes to ride the Black Bull?

More information in relation to whether or not this is suitable for you and where you can get training can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website.

The bike wash facility is - £0.50 (token from Bike Shop)
The showers are - £1.00 for 3 mins

OS Grid Reference: SH 725 272

Access: Severe

Duration: 1.5-3hrs

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Coed y Brenin visitor centre The Visitor Centre has the following facilities: Toilets (including disabled toilets) Showers (in male, female and disabled changing rooms) Bike wash (token from visitor centre shop/information desk) Café (see above) Shop Information desk Picnic sites and BBQ There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails. Some of the picnic tables have metal frames for holding disposable barbeques. There are also stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites. Please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.

Opening details

Summer opening times: 9.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5pm

Winter opening times: 9.30am - 4.30pm from Monday to Friday
Saturdays and Sunday 9.00am to 4.30pm

Prices

Free entry

Car parking

Car parking charges for the visitor centre are:
Up to one hour £1.00
Up to three hours £3.00
All day £5.00

Location

Directions

Plan route to Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 723268  Lat: 52.82356 Long: -3.89658

East off the A470, 8 miles North of Dolgellau just North of Ganllwyd, South of Trawsfynydd/Porthmadog. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Local public transport is available, however the nearest train station is Barmouth.

Cycle Network: NCN route 82, Lon Las (North) and Lon Las Cymru all pass through the centre.

www.traveline-cymru.info

www.sustrans.org.uk

Parking charges:
1 hour - £1
up 3 hours - £3.00
All day - £5.00
Blue Badge Parking is also available (4 bays in front of the centre)

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 15 miles from Barmouth station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Coed y Brenin visitor centre The Visitor Centre has the following facilities: Toilets (including disabled toilets) Showers (in male, female and disabled changing rooms) Bike wash (token from visitor centre shop/information desk) Café (see above) Shop Information desk Picnic sites and BBQ There are a number of picnic tables around the main car parks within Coed y Brenin Forest Park plus many more on the waymarked walking trails. Some of the picnic tables have metal frames for holding disposable barbeques. There are also stone BBQ plinths in Glasdir and Ty'n y Groes picnic sites. Please ensure all fires are extinguished and tidied up after use.

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