Mountain bike heaven The landscape of Wales lends itself effortlessly to cycling, but trail designers have been inspired to create some of the best tracks and centres in the world. Here's where to free your wheels. A Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia The sound of cycling sections bearing names like The Cavity and False Teeth – both with designs to get your heart pumping – is surely too good a potential challenge to turn down. Choose from trails of varying difficulties, then relax at the visitor centre or visit the well-stocked shop. B Antur Stiniog, Blaenau Ffestiniog Mountain Biking, Antur Stiniog, Snowdonia by MBWales An adrenaline-filled centre of excellence for all things exhilarating within the former slate mining town, this is the place to roll, rattle and rock over steep swoops and tricky terrains. You can also learn to master your skills with the advice of the experts responsible for formulating these thrilling trails. C The Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia Mawddach Trail, Snowdonia Follow the disused railway line and take inspiration from the magnificent estuary on this nine-mile, largely traffic-free routebetween Ruabon and Barmouth, a seaside resort with medieval origins. You'll be surrounded by a spectacular mountain – Cadair Idris is a place of myth and legend with glacial features. D Afan Forest Park, Neath Valley Afan Forest Park, Neath Port Talbot, Neath Valley From single swoops to wide rocky roads, test your nerves in the saddle across more than 80 miles of track within this easily-accessible forest park. Look out for the bone-shaking Skyline Trail, which has hundreds of metres of highs and lows, and the specially-built, multi-purpose track of the White's Level Trail. E Penmachno Trails, Snowdonia Penmachno Trail, Snowdonia by Steve Dugmore The Penmachno trails are run by a passionate community group promising you a journey you're unlikely to forget, these two looping trails rise and swoop at the sort of angles which might just make you momentarily forget their awe-inspiring views of Snowdonia. Try the cafe or pub in the village for a well-earned breather. F Margam Country Park, Port Talbot View from the Ogwr Ridgeway Walk above Margam Park, Neath by HuwNeath Kick off your five-mile journey at a castle, pass an old mine shaft and try to keep on track on a road to the most remote parts of the park. It leads to the highest point of Margam – the perfect chance to grab a break and take in the views. G BikePark Wales, Merthyr Tydfil BikePark Wales, South Wales Valleys by Cognation Jump the giant leaps of Enter the Dragon, send your velocity soaring along Vicious Valley or just take it easy along the link to the Taff Trail between Brecon and Cardiff. BikePark Wales' network of trails will give you a ride to remember regardless of your ability, with expert guidance available. H Llandegla Forest, Wrexham Mountain Biking at Coed Llandegla, North East Wales by Brian Phillips Llandegla's incredibly popular set of runs is part of a 650-hectare site in North East Wales, offering four types of trails coded according to their levels of difficulty. The shorter trails will keep you guessing and test your fitness, while the longer ones are full of technical tests and scintillating steep drops. I Nant yr Arian forest, Aberystwyth Countryside surround Nant yr Arian, Ceredigion The purpose-built trails here at Nant yr Arian are designed to challenge all skill levels within scenery as unforgettable as the steepest of slopes. You'll start near Aberystwyth and head out towards dizzying views of the humbling Cambrian Mountains, crossing down over rivers, through towns and out to the coast. J Gorlech Trail, Brechfa Couple cycling, Brechfa Forest, Carmarthenshire Choose one of three rides here at Brechfa, all allowing you to see the best of this beautiful forest: for the inexperienced, the Derwen trail is named after the oak woodland it journeys through. The harder Gorlech route runs on an all-weather surface, and the Raven run tests your skills on testing corners. More mountain biking operators in Wales Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Going Downhill Fast Iestyn George discovers Wales has trails for riders of all ages and abilities. North Wales' holy places Your guide to discovering some of the special and sacred places across North Wales. Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. Danny Walter Top Rides Danny Walter, editor-in-chief of Mountain Biking UK magazine, picks some of the best rides in Wales. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds. Active in the Valleys Forget winter – it's finally time to get outside and have loads of fun without freezing.