Best mountain biking trails in Powys, Wales

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Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Powys with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of mountain biking trails in Powys, Wales
Top trails (17)
#1 - Pen Y Fan Circular Walk
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
Pen y Fan is one of the most popular peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and you have some options for customizing your hike. To hike the route shown here, park in the Owl’s Grove car park and cross the road into Taf Fechan Forest. Take the bridge across the stream and then make a left along the river. You will cross a stone bridge and then come to a fork. Take the trail on your right (it is a bit more rugged) and you will merge with Taff Trail. Your hike gains elevation as you hike up and out of the trees and into the vast open moorland. You will see the Lower Neuadd Reservoir and the Brecon Beacons horseshoe ridgeline. The highest point in this area is the Pen Y Fan. You will eventually make a left so that you walk behind Cribyn. You remain on the Taff Trail and climb to the summit of Pen y Fan. The views from this point are the main attraction of this hike (and you will likely see others if you go on a clear day). On cloudy days, this may not be the best choice for a hike as you will miss out on the incredible views. To complete the loop, hike back down towards Nueadd Reservoir. You will re-enter the forest, and emerge at the lower reservoir. Locate the small building and walk behind it until you see the much larger building. Walk in front of this larger building, pass through a gate and then walk on a narrower road until you can reunite with the Taff Trail. You will notice that the bottom part of our route here does not return quite the way you came. This is to allow for a detour to the The Old Barn Tea Room where you can stop for some coffee or tea.Show more
#2 - The Big Gap Brecon Beacons MTB Circular
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 24.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
#3 - Carn Pica and Talybont Reservoir Circular
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 7 h 17 m
A circular walk from the Talybont Reservoir to Carn Pica.Show more
#4 - Elan Valley Trail
Elan Valley Trust
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 6 h 18 m
This is a beautiful area to explore. The trails are very clearly marked as you walk alongside the lakes and river. Most of the trail is fairly flat, but there are some areas with a fairly steady incline. There is plenty of forested areas to walk through.Show more
#5 - Elan Valley from Llansantffraed Cwmdeuddwr
Rhayader, Powys, Wales
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Length: 16.4 mi • Est. 8 h 37 m
It's big climb near the start at Llansantffraed Cwmdeuddwr, some really boggy bits to get to Elan Valley but definitely worth the fantastic views and gorgeous scenery. The dams are really interesting and great example of engineering. A must visit whether that is walking, driving, cycling, or just to enjoy some time in nature. Surrounded by the beautiful Welsh nature, this trail is great choice for a day trip driving through the mid Welsh countryside. The forests, the waters and wildlife will take your breath away. Show more
#6 - Talybont Reservoir and The Gap
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 23.7 mi • Est. 11 h 26 m
Brecon Beacons - The Gap MTB. Nice circular route over varying country side with tracks and roads, some parts of the tracks difficult to ride mainly between the lower Neuadd Reservoir and the Gap.Show more
#7 - Doethie Valley Route
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales
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Length: 14.2 mi • Est. 7 h 22 m
There have been rumours that somewhere deep in the Cambrian Mountains, accessed by only a few narrow lanes and serviced by nothing more than a scattering of cattle troughs, was a haven of singletrack and solitude: a place where you could stand atop a hill and gaze across a sea of golden grass without any of the interruptions of modern life. No roads, no buildings, no wind farms: It sounded like a place worth seeking out.Show more
#8 - Elan Valley Trail & Garreg Ddu Reservoir
Elan Valley Trust
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
With its breathtaking landscapes, the Elan Valley is a hidden gem located in the very heart of Wales. This 10km trail takes you past the Garreg Ddu reservoirs and the climb is slightly moderate suitable for walking, running and mountain biking. The scenery is outstanding and the reservoir dams created a beautiful picture with lovely walks, bike tracks and waterfalls. It's ideal for a day out with the family and friends. Although the reservoirs are too deep and steep-sided to attract much wildlife, the surrounding oak woodlands have an abundance of wildlife, plantlife and birdlife. Ravens, buzzards, peregrines and red kites can all be seen overhead, while great crested grebe and goosander breed on the water. Show more
#9 - Bryniau Gleision and Pant y Creigiau
Brecon Beacons National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
Circular route north of Talybont Reservoir.Show more
#10 - Nannerth Loop
Rhayader, Powys, Wales
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Length: 17.2 mi
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