Work has begun at Coed y Brenin, Wales on development of an all-new trail aimed at beginner and intermediate riders.
The plan is for the first 4km of the Minor Tour trail to be complete by January 2011, which the Forest Commission says will add a “fresh dimension to the existing trails which have put the Forestry Commission Wales-managed forest on the world mountain biking map.”
It’s been two years in planning and, when finished in December 2013, will be 10km in length. Local trail-building company, Trailworks, will build the first phase which will be a singletrack loop into the forest from the Visitor Centre, opening up the delights of the Snowdonia National Park to young families with bikes and riders with disabilities for the first time
FC Wales mountain bike ranger Andy Braund said, “We felt it was important to be able to introduce the fun of mountain biking to as many people as possible.
“We’ll finally have a trail to offer to those just starting out in the sport and trying it out for the first time. It will appeal to a diverse group of children and adults and allow for the use of adaptive bikes that cater for a wide range of disabilities.”
The blue grade trail (intermediate) trail is called the Minor Tour as it will offer a brief tour of the forest, visiting the stunning waterfalls and goldmines at Gwynfynydd. The trail bridges the gap in the current provision at Coed y Brenin between forest road biking and the red (difficult) trails. More sections will be added after the first phase is complete, extending the loop further into the forest until the trail is complete.
“Coed y Brenin offers some really exciting riding and it’s great to be finally building this trail to bring new customers to southern Snowdonia and support the Regional Centre of Excellence for outdoor recreation,” added Andy.