Graded Blue 3 – 12km 0.5 – 2 Hours
( 3, 5, 9 or 12km loop options )
The MinorTaur has quickly become the most popular trail at Coed y Brenin. It’s a great fun introduction to mountain biking for a wide range of ages and abilities and is unique, in that it is usable by riders with a disability on adaptive mountain bikes. The trail is built in 4 loops, which get progressively longer, so you can choose the distance you want to cover. There are plenty of fun features, including stone steps, tabletops and fantastic swoopy berms. Remember to treat with caution on your first ride, perhaps going back over the different sections to improve your skills.
Also, remember to look out for the shiny hoof prints which give you a clue that there’s a MinorTaur about!
New MinorTaur Loop 4 extension NOW OPEN
The long awaited extension to the popular MinorTaur Trail at Coed y Brenin will open on Saturday 16th March 2019.
The MinorTaur Trail has long been a hit with rider. This blue graded trail provides many peoples first experience of Coed y Brenin, offering young riders, families and newcomers an exciting and approachable way to experience the thrill of mountain biking while taking in some of the spectacular scenery that the Forest Park has to offer.
The original MinorTaur route was broken into 3 loop sections that could be ridden individually or together to make one single ride of 9km. The new section allows riders to extends the trail a further 3km to 12km in total.
The new loop adds some exciting newly built sections of singletrack trail to existing forest track from the Yr Afon trail to take in the spectacular Waterfalls, disused Gold Mine and Gunpowder works before returning via another new singletrack section, then along the original MinorTaur return route up the valley floor to the Visitor Centre.
The MinorTaur trail has successfully introduced many thousands of people to mountain biking and given them a taste of the adventure it offers. The trail features no steep grades or rocky sections that might knock the confidence of riders as they develop their skills, instead they can appreciate smooth rolling on riverside singletrack, immersed in one of the most beautiful forests in North Wales.
The trails 4 loops progressively add features, introducing riders to new challenges as they further their distance. You can expect to find stone steps, rollers and table-tops, berms and even the occasional (optional) jump. The new sections of loop 4 adds some rougher private track with a steeper, looser climb that some may wish to push but after this there is the reward of a good forest road descent.