Getting to the trails
To get to the trails head along the A5 and take the B4406 to Penmachno. Drive into the village, over the bridge and bear left past The Eagles pub. Once past the pub carry on for about half a mile - the trailhead is on the right (large forest track).
GR: SH 786 498
Postcode: LL24 0YP (this is the nearest postcode, however, it won't take you to the trailhead, so please follow the directions above once you get into the village!)
The nearest cafe is Conwy Falls Cafe, which is on the junction of the A5 & B4406, about 3km from the trailhead. They are totally biker-friendly & serve amazing homecooked food & cakes! They also have a donation box for the trails...
There's also The Eagles pub in the centre of the village, which is very biker-friendly, serves a good pint and food on Friday and Saturday night!
Further afield there are stacks of cafes, pubs & restaurants in Betws-y-Coed (7km from trailhead), Llanrwst (13km from trailhead) & Dolwyddelan (14km from trailhead), all of which are used to muddy, hungry bikers!
Beics Betws - Betws-y-Coed
1868 Racing - Llanrwst
There are loads of campsites, bunkhouses, B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels & holiday cottages in the area. Not that we're biased or anything but we'd wholeheartedly recommend staying in Penmachno - coz it's close to the trails & is real pretty. Local accommodation is listed on penmachno.net. Otherwise there's plenty of accommodation options in Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst & Dolwyddelan. Check out VisitWales for details of places to stay.
Obviously the Penmachno Trails are the best in North Wales / the Universe, however, there are other places to ride that are almost as good... You can make a day of it, a weekend or even a week - mbwales lists most of the trails and here are some of our personal favourites:
Marin - 15km from Penmachno
25km, red grade
One of the first purpose-built trails in the UK - a classic ride similar to Penmachno
Antur Stiniog - 20km from Penmachno
4 downhill runs with uplift service!
Ranging from blue to black there are runs for all levels of MTB-er - a real fun day out!
Coed y Brenin - 45km from Penmachno
8 different trails (and counting), from blue to black with every trail feature imaginable (well, almost...)
The original trail centre - Coed y Brenin has some amazing trails plus a cafe, bike shop & showers.
Llandegla - 50km from Penmachno
21km of trails ranging from green to black, plus a skills circuit, pump track, jump park, (huge) bike shop & cafe. Fantastic riding. Close to Chester so expect some bling : )
Natural riding - there's loads of cross-country routes in the area, including Drum, the Clwyds, Sarn Helen above Betws, the Hiraethogs, and Snowdon itself. There are 2 guidebooks in production at the mo, in the meantime you may have to resort to a good ole OS map and plan yo-self an mtb-ing adventure!
GoOutdoors have produced a guide to their 10 favourite Snowdonia rides (featuring Penmachno of course!). It's a combo of natural rides and trail centres, ranging from easy to difficult. If you're looking for a bit of inspiration this might point you in the right direction!