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Cycling – The Machynlleth Trails

Machynlleth Mountain BikingLength: Various

Time: Various

Start: Machynlleth Town Centre

Finish: Machynlleth Town Centre

Rating: Various (See Below)

With a total of four way marked cycle trails leaving from and returning to Machynlleth, there are excellent opportunities for mountain biking enthusiasts of all skill levels to enjoy the wonders of the Dyfi Forest and lower Dyfi Valley. The four trails are as follows:

Mach 1:

This ten mile route takes in the wonderful Llyfnant Valley, near Derwenlas to the South West of Machynlleth. With a total climb of 110 metres at Bryn Coch Bach, the route is rated as moderate, with a fast paced but not so technical ride from start to finish, especially with the steep final descent into Machynlleth. Mach 1 should take around 1.5 – 2 hours to complete, although you should take it at your own pace.

Remember that the routes are way marked to make them easy to follow, although a summary route map can be found here.

Mach 2:

This fifteen mile trail, which sees you take in steep climbs totalling around 200 metres whilst taking in some sweeping and speedy descents too. The route goes South East of Machynlleth along the Dulas Valley and along Glymdwr’s Way which crosses scenic open farmlands. This route also climbs through the forests before descending into Bryn Coch Bach, following the fast paced final descent that is taken in by Mach 1 as it works its way into Machynlleth. This trail is rated as difficult, and should take around 2 – 2.5 hours to complete.

Once again the trail is signposted, although a summary map is available online.

Mach 3:

A king of the Mach routes, this trail runs for nineteen miles and sees climbs totalling 500 metres. Some of the trail is shared by the Mach 2 route, although the trail then breaks off throught forests to the south to take in the moorland before workings its way onto tracks and grassy descents. On the way back the route takes in an area known as ‘the chute’ which is very steep, covered in rocks and is also not the best place for natural light. The trail is rated as severe, and should take 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Again this route is way marked for your convenience, but an overview of the route is available on the web here.


The Cli-Machx trail, which is in the Dyfi Forest is a purpose built trail, but it is NOT way marked. The trail is 9 miles long and climbs total around 280 metres, and has 5 miles of purpose built single track with a range of features to test your skills to the limit. The final descent, which holds the title as the longest in the whole of Wales features rocky jumps including one known as the ‘eye of the needle’ which is a huge jump with small landing between two trees. The final section is a sequence of eight huge berms following quickly after each other. Hit them high and fast and you’ll be fine! This trail is not for the faint hearted.

For more information on this trail, please see this website.

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