14 miles
Distance
2,684 ft
Climb
-2,728 ft
Descent
02:21:44
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Marin / Gwydir Mawr Trail

Details

  • Riding area
    Gwydyr Forest
    Betws-y-coed
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Season
    All year
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The Gwydir Mawr trail (formerly known as the Marin) is one of the original MTB trails. A true classic! Big climbs, big descents brilliant single track and truly awesome scenery make this a trail to remember. Now including a brand new 2km section with a mix of traditional hand dug trail and modern flow features. If you're short on time then Gwydir Bach is a smaller version ideal for an evening lap.

More Stats for Marin Trail / Gwydir Mawr mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -44 ft
  • Altitude min
    245 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,056 ft
  • Altitude start
    296 ft
  • Altitude end
    252 ft
  • Grade
    -0.057%
  • Grade max
    -46.013%
  • Grade min
    67.959%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    02:21:44
  • Avg reverse time
    00:03:35
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Status:
on Apr 4, 2018
Wet
Avg: 3.75 (15 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to marin-trail--gwydir-mawr trailhead (53.131750, -3.808130)
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Marin Trail /... Trail Reports

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Apr 4, 2018 @ 6:59am
Apr 4, 2018
Fairly damp! One tree down on a fire road section but easily passed.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 9:52am
Mar 7, 2018
All sections now open
Feb 18, 2018 @ 12:32pm
Feb 18, 2018
Drying out. Still damp in a few places. Diversion around new section as per previous report 16/02/18
Jan 10, 2018 @ 2:32pm
Jan 10, 2018
A few ice patches and some frozen puddles but nothing too treacherous! One trail diversion due to logging, but this is generally well-signed.
May 4, 2017 @ 8:16am
May 4, 2017
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Photos

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Apr 5, 2018 @ 2:01pm
Apr 5, 2018
Marin Trail / Gwydir Mawr
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Jan 23, 2018 @ 8:58am
Jan 23, 2018
Marin Trail / Gwydir Mawr
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Jan 23, 2018 @ 8:18am
Jan 23, 2018
Marin Trail / Gwydir Mawr
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Nov 28, 2017 @ 4:36am
Nov 28, 2017
Marin Trail / Gwydir Mawr

2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag DeanTrailVolunteer DTV (Jan 6, 2016 at 14:54)
 Made a detour to ride this Trail, most disappointing ride I have had in 20 years mtbing way to many tedious fireroad climbs for mediocre short singletrack sections and as for the bizarre steps just after the little bridge ! you can't ride up or down it, no choice but to carry bike I thought I had gone the wrong way, will not visit again.
If your heading to North Wales go to Coed Llandegla and Coed Y Brenin
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  • + 1
flag horseye (Jul 29, 2016 at 13:22)
 Visited the Marin Trail in the Gwydr forest whilst on holiday in the area. It's a great trail. Well marked/signposted all the way round. Mainly forestry tracks upward with well maintained single track down. Mainly not particularly technical but there are some more challenging sections - either rocky/rooty/narrow, or fast with jumps and swoopy berms. Tremendous fun.
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