Dolgellau is a small mountain town at the southern end of Snowdonia at the foot of Cader Idris and the source of the Mawddach Estuary. This is a Welsh cycling paradise, most noted for its proximity to the Coed Y Brenin trail centre six miles north. The roads are a suitable reflection of the sinuous trails, broad roads bordered by panoramas of mountains and sea, old narrow roads through kalaedoscopic forests and over secret mountain passes.
This short route leaves town on the old road skirting above the remains of the abbey, following the River Mawddach upstream along the base of the hills up into the forest. At the bottom of the Coed y Brenin forest the road switches over the hills and heads back down towards the town.
The route follows a tributary of the Wnion through the heart of the forest and climbs up behind the hills that led the way out of town. A rapid drop brings you back to the start.
It's a light ride, suitable for a Sunday morning before the drive home or a gentle (for the most part) recovery ride. Roberts Cafe in town is a good bet for food, if you're in need on a bike shop in this remote location Dolgellau Cycles are friendly, capable and will always go the extra mile.