The MinorTaur complements the established red and black rides. Its specially adapted features make Coed-y-Brenin Forest Park the first truly inclusive mountain bike destination in the United Kingdom.
The MinorTaur is unique in that it can be ridden by disabled people, with the width of the trail, the radius of the turns, the low gradient and technical features being suitable for adaptive mountain bikes.
The ambitious project has been over three years in the planning and forms part of the Gwynedd Council-led Eryri Centre of Excellence partnership, which is part funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through Visit Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Almost £500,000 will be pumped into the new trail, which will enable young children and riders with disabilities to join experts and adrenaline junkies at the mountain bike mecca just outside Dolgellau.
Loop one is 3km long with 50m of climbing, heading out from the FC Wales visitor centre along “First Steps” before descending the sweeping multi-bermed “Slipway”, an awesome feat of engineering and design carved into the hillside, and returning to the centre along a forest road in the valley bottom, following the Afon Eden river.
Loop two continues from the end of the Slipway along the new section 'White Bull' out to the Pont Cae’n y Coed car park, where riders can admire the stunning views down the Afon Mawddach gorge before continuing along the 'Naxos' and 'Hwyl Ddu' singletracks and joining the forest road back to the start, having covered 5km with 90m of climbing.
is called Buwch Bren (Wooden Cow)
has longer, sustained climbs, more technical features including hips and a series of climbing turns, all with a narrower width designed to improve single track cross-country riding skills. The addition of Buwch Bren extends the MinorTaur’s range to nine kilometres and its modular design means riders can tackle one loop (three kilometres), two loops (five kilometres) or the full distance.