Mountain biking in Idwal
Popular with confident mountain bikers from all over the world, there's excellent mountain biking in the area, especially on the Marin Trail - but this is only suitable for serious mountain bikers as it's definitely not for the fainthearted!
What makes it special
- Fantastic for mountain bike enthusiasts
Other things to do nearby
In a stunning woodland setting nestled in the North Wales Conwy Valley, close to the iconic Snowdonia village of Betws y Coed, a host of forest adventures and foodie delights await.
A high ropes centre offering thrilling activities from rope courses to gorge walking. Visit the website
Swallow Falls Waterfall is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. The falls are set on the River Llugwy in the beautiful Gwydir Forest. Visit the website.
We have several forestry routes leading from the hostel grounds to go off and explore on foot - just ask at reception! Discovering Britain walk with the Royal Geographical Society: The Qu
The Marin Trail is a world famous downhill trail, just 5 minutes ride from the hostel.
Bike hire is available in the village but we can arrange for bikes to be collected and returned at the hostel.
Specialising in group bike hire, we, Beics Betws, are based in Betws y Coed - a Mecca for Mountain Biking with lots of nearby routes. Visit their website.
The Fairy Glen is a secluded and enchanting gorge carved by the river Conwy.
A wonderful location for horse riding, pony trekking or extended day trail rides with breathtaking views across the Snowdonia Mountains. A variety of routes and options cater for all types of rider
There's 80 acres of magnificent gardens to explore, with lovely Italianate terraces, formal lawns and magical wooded valley. From here there are stunning views across to northern Snowdonia.
Take the old Roman road from outside the hostel and walk to Tal-y-Fan Mountain, part of Carneddau Range, 2000ft above sea level.
1.1 miles Visit the aquarium, reptile house and otters, fish on the lake, explore the woodlands and tuck in at the Dutch pancake house. Visit the website
Llyn Ogwen is very popular with fishermen. You might even catch a Gwyniad, a sub-species of European white fish, trapped in the lake after the Ice Age 10,000 years ago.
Glyder Ridge Distance: 5.5 miles/8km Start/Finish: Ogwen car park, Llyn Ogwen, LL57 3LZ Terrain: Mountain track, trail Toughness: Challenging Ascent: 731 metres &
Discover a landscape that was sculptured by ice thousands of years ago.
The best climbing in the whole world, well, so the hostel manager says! You'll find all varieties of rock and levels.