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The old Welsh capital in the south of Snowdonia, Machynlleth has a unique Alpine atmosphere and rich trail menu. The original Mach 1-3 trails take you as far out into the wilderness as you want to go on natural, but no less challenging trails. Waymarked routes of varying length and difficulty take you straight from the centre of town into fantastic mountain and valley scenery. With everything from mixed road and valley trails to long forestry climbs, traversing mountain singletrack and sketchy slate ravine descents on the longer routes. There’s something for everyone.

The trails in this area are a good example of people power. Local mountain bikers and business people formed a community group known as Dyfi Mountain Biking, who aimed to publicise the great mountain biking in the area and boost tourist income. The group successfully fundraised to waymark the Mach 1, 2 and 3 routes on rights of way around Machynlleth.

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