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NEW RUNNING TRAILS IN NORTH WALES
If you’re looking for somewhere new to venture out new running trails have been created at the Coed y Brenin forest park. The four new running trails guarantee great routes for trail runners of all abilities to enjoy the forest alongside the cyclists and walkers who use existing trails.
Sarn Helen - Short route, 2.7 miles, 97m of climbing. Climb from the visitor centre and contour round the ridge picking up the Sarn Helen Roman road to loop back to the visitor centre.
Sarn Helen - Long route, 5.2 miles, 198m of climbing. The route climbs over the Cefndeuddwr ridge before descending into the valley of the Afon Gain, where it crosses the river twice before climbing back past the ruins of Penmaen farm before returning to the visitor centre along the Sarn Helen past the Medieval Ironworks.
GoldRush - 8.5 miles, 420m of climbing. This trail takes in considerably more sections of single track footpath than the others, giving a different experience as it climbs the ridge and drops to cross the Afon Mawddach before climbing again to cross the copper bog to reach a mile and a half long descent back to the valley floor before following the Afon Eden for a low level finish back to the visitor centre.
Half Marathon - 13.5 miles, 727m of climbing. After climbing to Cefndeuddwr the trail descend to the Afon Mawddach on forest roads before climbing up and over the next ridge before descending on a footpath to the Afon Wen. The trail then climbs past Cynant Hyll with its cascading waterfall before following the ridge down the valley on the extreme Eastern edge of the forest park. The trail then drops back down to the Wen, before contouring round the base of the next ridge, giving an extended respite before the final sting in the tail – climbing back over the Cefndeuddwr ridge to the finish!
To read more about the new trails have a look at the outdoors magic website- http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/outdoors-news/new-running-trails-in-north-wales/12937.html