Took the time to visit the MBR mountain bike route in north Wales this last weekend. A 3 hour plus journey (thanks to bank holiday traffic) but the stunning scenery of the area more than makes up for it.

The MBR trail is situated at the Coed-y-Brenin, the dedicated centre enjoys showers, toilets and a small but well stocked bike shop. Cycles can be hired on site (decent ones too from the likes of ‘Specialized’) which is essential if you don’t have a suspension bike. I wouldn’t attempt the black route on anything less than a full-susser (that said 2 of our party were riding ‘hardtail’ Orange Crush bikes).

The course is around 18km long and takes in some tear inducing ascents (for me anyway) but rewards the dedicated with some great technical descents. My personal favourites were the long ‘rollercoaster’ style mounds and jumps throughout the first forest section.

I would have preferred longer, faster, downhills as some are quite slow and will visit the other Welsh trails (Marin etc) before going back. However, since coming back I have been informed of another trail in the same area called the ‘Pink Heifer’ so may be back sooner than expected!

Click here for a JPEG map of the route