Create an account

Start your adventure today.


    Already a member? Login

    Marin Trail

    This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
    This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    7.9 km
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    302 m
    User Ratings
    These ratings are completed by users who have completed this trail and not subject to reviews by 10Adventures.
    Be the first to add a review!
    Directions to Trailhead
    Marin Trail

    The Marin Trail is a brilliant route through the Gwydir Forest, often used for mountain bikes but excellent to explore on foot as well. It’s easily accessible from the town of Llanrwst, just across the River Conwy, and its many winding paths provide plenty of options. This route starts from the car park at the trail’s northern entrance, gradually ascending as you walk south, then looping around to walk along the serene shores of Llyn y Parc before returning northward through the woods.

    View Marin Trail on Map

    View Map

    Join our newsletter

    Get a weekly dose of discounts and inspiration for adventure lovers

    Route Description for Marin Trail

    The Marin Trail - or as it’s now officially called, Gwydir Mawr a Bach - is primarily used as a mountain bike trail. There are plenty of excellent sections for walking, such as the one detailed here. Some paths will only have foot traffic, as the bike route is a single track. However, one must be aware at all times for bikers who will be using the main trail. If bringing your dog along, having them on a lead is imperative.

    Set off from the car park through a gate at the end of the road. The main track leads straight ahead, but a footpath branches off to the right. Follow this as it winds east then south through the forest. Pass through the first intersection of paths, then turn right on a wider track to work back northwards. Bear left at the fork, and stay left as the path curves south once more. This is some of the steepest terrain on the walk as you move uphill. At the third fork, stay left again, the path soon turning abruptly to the east. The next fork provides a rather inconsequential choice - both directions meet up after a short circle - the left is a little bit longer.

    Don’t take the right turn that meets the end of this circle, but rather the one after it, as you approach the high point of the walk. Take your next left on a nearly direct southern bearing, with Pen Uchaf Gwydyr on your right-hand side. Right at the T-junction to continue south, this section is quite straightforward. After the second track intersection, turn right to approach Llyn y Parc. Another right turn brings you north along the shores of the lake, where you can enjoy lovely views over the long, calm waters. Once you reach the north end of the lake, re-join the track on your right. Stay left at the first fork, then bear right at the second one. Roughly 500 metres later, you’ll spot a footpath snaking off to your left - turn and follow this;.

    This footpath bends right, left, then right again, running parallel to the main track as you walk north. As the path follows a long curve to the right, it eventually meets up with the main track - right at the spot you came in on. Turn left on the track to head back through the gate and into the car park.

    Insider Hints for Marin Trail

    • If you’re keen for a longer walk, you can follow the signposted Marin Trail along its entire length, approximately 25.0 km. Do remember that this is a mountain bike trail, so you’re likely to come across plenty of riders (or rather, they’ll be coming across you!).
    • Before you leave, make a quick stop at Gwydir Castle - it’s just on your right as you merge back onto the B5106 road. The manor house dates back to c1500, although fortified structures had existed in this area since the 7th century. The Gardens are lovely - one particular yew tree is said to be older than the castle itself!

    Getting to the Marin Trail Trailhead

    To get to the Marin Trail, head for the town of Llanrwst. From the A470 running north-south through town, cross west over the River Conwy on the B5106. Where the road splits, turn left then immediately right onto a narrow road heading into the woods. Take your next left to find a car park.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites


    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type


    Marin Trail Elevation Graph

    Weather Forecast

    Check Area Weather

    Marin Trail Reviews

    Add a comment

    You must be logged in to post a comment.

    Nearby Trails

    Nearby Regions

    Get travel inspiration and discounts

    Join our weekly travel newsletter