Marin Trail (Blue Signpost) - Trail, Llanrwst/Betws-y-Coed, United Kingdom

Marin Trail (Blue Signpost) - Trail, Llanrwst/Betws-y-Coed, United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION

Singletrack/Fire-road (Waymarked) Technical singletrack in places, short/long fire-road climbs, bridge crossings. The course has been specially designed so that it can be used by downhillers/cross-country and families. It has bombholes, fast narrow singletrack, long fire-road descents, steep sprint climbs, and air-time sections. Believe me its got everything. It was built by the forestry commission with the help of IMBA. Larger car park at Nant Cottage proposed with accommodation for up to 50 cars. On-site facilities linked to Beics Betws for bike hire/facilities and cafe/toilets & bike washing facilities - catering for families etc? Could also be located in the nearby town of Llanrwst. Organised world class weekend racing (XC/DH)? Rest areas with information maps due to be set up in certain parts of the forest so that 3 separate routes can be set up e.g. Racer, Weekend Warrior, family. Another course aimed at endurance riders/racers is being built between Llyn Elsi (Betws-y-Coed) and the Penmachno valley (This is a loop of about 24 miles) but the main details are still sketchy at this point in time. Things to look out for: Spectacular views overlooking the mountains of Snowdonia (On certain parts of the trail) Hazards: Logging work during the week, and there are a number of road crossings throughout the course (Everything is well-signposted warning of any potential hazards.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 18, 2006]
jbdmd
Cross Country Rider

I am from Phoenix in the USA but head to North Wales Yearly to visit the family of my fiance.

This trail makes a great trip to Wales even better!!

Customer Service

Start from bikes Becws and climb up to the trail on the long black top road. Very good warm up!!

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Not sure

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5
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4
[Jan 07, 2005]
Spanky Special
Weekend Warrior

The Marin trail is excellent as it encorporates everthing that you would want in a challenging trail. It will take you a max of just under 4 hours and I know of someone who has done it in 1 hour 25 mins!!! Have done this twice and now prefer the more challenging (and generally scarey!!!) Karrimor trail in Coed-Y-Brenin.

Customer Service

Well sign posted.

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The Karrimor rules!!

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4
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4
[Oct 12, 2003]
Aled
Weekend Warrior

An enjoyable 2-4 hour ride (can be done in under 2 hours if youre fit and used to cycling hard!). There are some technically challenging bits but 80% could be done easily by youre average weekend warrior, the majority is forest track with some long hauls uphill.

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2
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4
[Aug 16, 2003]
boberygard
Cross Country Rider

I would most definately recommend the Marin trail... its definately not for the faint hearted but is well worth a look by anybody of any skill level, as all the single tracks are ridable but to enjoy them the most you need to do them fast!

Customer Service

Do the whole of the trail if you are fit you could do it in 2 1/2 - 3 hours if not maybe a bit longer but you want to do it all for full enjoyment!

Similar Products Used:

Red Bull (dolgellau) Karrimor (dolgellau)

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5
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4
[Jul 26, 2003]
IAN FENTON
Weekend Warrior

This is an intense, slick and exciting route slashed out of Welsh mountains by guys who obviously love mountain biking, Why do people think that trails that happen by accident will be better than a trail purpose built to be rollercoaster fast with more twists, turns & spins than an Iraqi information minister! The bottom two peices of singletrack are worth the hour and a half travel alone.

Customer Service

Basically there only one unless you bail out of the firetrack asscent half way along to do the best and last two singletrack sections. This is only worth doing on the second lap though.

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5
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4
[Jul 17, 2003]
Fiona
Weekend Warrior

Got dragged here by my partner terified that i woul not cope. Had fantastic time, built my confidence and the scenery was beautiful. Looking forward to next time.

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5
VALUE
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4
[May 18, 2003]
craig

basically found this purely by chance when we went to day, to ride some old runs after about 5 years. It is totally the best trail i have riden, i was skeptical about custom made runs, so never went to coed-y-brenin, but after riding this one i may just go.

Hopefully will get more time in on it next weekend, see what is there.

Customer Service

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not to far if the horseshoe pass by langollen. Well worth it for soem interesting dh runs, and a quarry for messin in.

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5
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[May 24, 2003]
andy dyason

I rate this better than cyb, the long climb form byc to the top of the trail suits me as an ex roadie. I found the single track more fun than the redbull and mbr trails.

Customer Service

follow the waymarkers

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cyb

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5
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[Jun 09, 2003]
Sven

Craig's comments seconded - was very sceptical about designed trails but this one was ace. Good for xc bunnies rather than DH'ers but suitable for all levels of riders as it can be ridden at all speeds. Well drained, great views when out of forest.
The trail designers have a real sense of humour with funky waymarks and little jumps in cool places.

Customer Service

Follow waymarkers

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5
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[Jul 10, 2003]
Jonathan

This place is everything that Coed should be.

Accessible

Tricky, without being stupidly difficult

Fun to ride

I rode the Marin after an 18 month period without MTB'ing, and expected to ahte the place, man made trails, busy, and basically a new Coed.

But the Marin is much better than any of the Coed trails. Some of the singletrack, although new, feels like it has been their forever. It flows, unlike the Coed trails, and sections seem to link well with one another. The surface is less obviously man made than coes in many places, and is still rough.
The last time I rode the RB, things seemed to be getting smoothed out by trail building, so a place I have never really gone a bundle over had even less to interest me.

But the Marin is a gem of a route, which hopefully people will bypass in their haste to get to Coed :)

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5
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