Punching through the heart of Snowdonia, Day Two gets off to a great start in Coed-y-Brenin, where British mountain biking began.

Terrain 64% off-road, 27% on small, unclassified roads or green lanes
Estimated ride time Eight-and-a-half hours
Lowest point Sea level
Highest point 490m
Total ascent 2,400m

After setting off from Dolgellau, riders will tackle 15 kilometres of the ‘Beast’ – a black trail that extends to 35 kilometres in total. It’s a physically demanding route and will offer some technical challenges among the majestic tall Douglas firs. On a mixture of purpose built trail and sublime singletrack this is the trail that everyone aspires to ride. Will you rise to the challenge and tame the Beast?

Popping out of Coed-y-Brenin you’ll skirt along the Sarn Helen Roman Road on route to Llyn Trawsfynydd. The going may get difficult in places, but once you’ve made it up a short climb the well maintained path around Llyn Trawsfynydd itself will offer some relief to the legs and some nice views towards the imposing disused power station on the far shore.

There is some nice riding in open country east of LLan FFestiniog before you’ll start the run in towards Betws-y-Coed via the Penmachno trails and ‘Dolen Machno’. Although not far from Betws-y-Coed, Penmachno offers a scenic landscape of ancient forest, sweeping singletrack and all-round good, natural riding.

With around 10 kilometres left to ride you’ll hit ‘Gwydir Mawr’ – a proper mountain bike trail in every sense of the term with big climbs, big descents and truly awesome scenery on a mix of forest roads and sweet singletrack. Gwydir Mawr will get you to within a few hundred metres of the Wales360 camp west of the River Conwy and Llanrwst.

Dolgellau’s natural resources are its number-one asset. The intimate dark-stoned streets of this market town are set beneath Cader Idris, the legendary ‘Chair of Idris’, on the approach to the beautiful Mawddach Estuary. Dolgellau is a superb base for exploring all of the mountains and coast of Snowdonia, but there are many local beauty spots too, especially the Mawddach Trail (on the route of the Wales360) which tracks the waterside for 15 kilometres between Dolgellau and Barmouth (there’s a longer, more mountainous Mawddach Way too).

Dolgellau is a specially chosen ‘Cycle Breaks’ centre with a fine range of road and off-road routes. The Coed y Brenin Forest Park is nearby, with mountain biking trails for all abilities plus a host of other outdoor attractions and facilities. Like a rider on the Wales360, Dolgellau is a town that’s going places and its go-ahead attitude is reflected in an ever-improving range of local events and festivals, outdoor activities and places to stay and eat. Credit Visit Snowdonia.