WMB 119 Snowdon Intermediate (Red) Ride
Start/Finish Rhyd Ddu station car park, GR571525
Total distance 17.8km (11 miles)
Total ascent 609m (1998 feet)
Time 2-3 hours
Maps Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) 17
Route summary Out and back to Bwlch Cwm Llan through old quarry workings followed by old-school singletrack in Beddgelert Forest.
Start at Rhyd Ddu station car park. Ride to northern end and cross railway at level crossing. Climb for 1.5km on well-surfaced track curving right then swinging left and getting steeper and more loose. Continue on track as it bears right to a gate just below large rock outcrops.
Note location of trail junction – you’ll turn left here on the way back. Continue on main track past rock outcrops and disused quarry workings.
Traverse spoil heaps and inclines, to reach Bwlch Cwm Llan at GR605522. Admire the views then descend back the way you came At trail junction, turn left (signed Bridleway). Descend across grassland with potentially slippery bridges. At the edge of a patch of woodland drop to a farmyard. Go through yard and down the track to the road. Turn left after 500m then right into Beddgelert Forest. Cross the railway and climb on forest road, following bridleway markers – keep right at posts
45 and 44, bear left at 43. After 2km arrive at junction of trails
Turn left onto singletrack between boulders. Emerge on to forest road, turn left over bridge, then left to climb to marker post 37. Turn left again to post 36, then bear left onto eroded singletrack. Emerge onto forest road at post 37. Turn left to post 46, at which bear right onto singletrack alongside a stream. At the bottom, turn left onto forest road and descend towards main track coming in to the forest.
Turn left to reach railway crossing at forest entrance. Cross railway, repeat climb to trail junction but turn right and return to Rhyd Ddu as per Easy route.by Matt_Skinner