Wales sits comfortably at the top-table of international MTB destinations, and Snowdonia is home to some of the choicest bits of riding to be had .
Arguably the birth-place of trail-centre riding in the UK, the renowned purpose-built mountain bike trails of the Coed y Brenin forest are close at hand (7 miles, ~10 min away) , and in easy striking distance are the Cli-machx trail (Corris, 15 miles, ~30 min), Mach 1-3 trails (Machynlleth, 20 miles, ~40 min), Marin trail (Llanrwst, 36 miles, ~50 min) and Nant yr Arian (40 miles, ~1 h). Further details about these developments can be found on the Mountain Biking Wales website.
For those who like their mountain biking gravity-fuelled, the the Antur Stiniog downhill courses run through the slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog, about a 30 min drive from Coed Cae. These are 4 full-blooded downhill courses with a dedicated uplift service, and not for the faint hearted! The two red graded runs are, with the appropriate skills, do-able on a long travel trail bike, although the two black runs up the demands on bike and body. Full face helmets and body armour are strongly recommended for all trails, as is pre-booking your uplift ticket.
For those who like a bit of endurance in their riding, there is always the Mawddach Big-8, an epic 2-day bike ride of 160 km (99.4 miles) with 4500m of climb. Following National Cycle Network Route-8 on simple tracks and quiet back lanes in a figure of 8, with the Mawddach estuary at its centre, you will ride for around 8 hours and cover around 80 km each day. It's octastic!