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Brechfa Raven trail wales mtb
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Brechfa mountain bike trails are only a few years old and already are amassing a reputation for excellent riding for all abilities. It is MTB singletrack heaven with a Green and blue (The Derwen), a red (The Gorlech) and a black run (The Raven).

Brechfa MTB trails were designed by Rowan Sorrell they could not have a better trail master. There is a car park, portaloos and a cafe called The Shed (at the Raven open saturdays and Sundays). They are pretty close to Afan forest and the Cwm Rhaeadr red graded trail if you want even more singletrack options not too far away.

Brechfa itself is a village in Carmarthenshire, Wales that has existed since the 6th century. There is a little friendly shop in the village that sells all sorts (I bought milk and socks). It is a co-operative ie it is run by the community for the community. The trails are all set in a wonderful forest backdrop and have a spooky moss feel to them that makes the place quite unique:

The Black Raven

  • The Raven is just under 19km and has great singletrack, shore, gnarly sections and steep descents with jumps and berms. This trail is suitable for technically proficient experienced riders.

The Red Gorlech

  • The Gorlech is 19km and has sweet singletrack, swooping berms, jumps and the surface is hard, all weather and fast. Suitable for intermediate riders with some technical experience.

The Blue and Green Derwen

  • The Derwen Blue 4.7 km (or green option 9.2km) Derwen trail is set in a beautiful setting again and is suitable for families and beginners.

Other Stuff

  • The Raven (plus Derwen) and the Gorlech trails are at different car parks. The Trailhead at Byrgwm is for for Derwen and Raven trails and the Trailhead at Abergorlech is for the Gorlech trail.Check out the "Details" tab for more info. 
  • To find the Shed cafe at the Raven check out the gallery or go to this link here
  • Brechfa form part of the Cognation network of trails. Cognation are dedicated to trail development in South Wales.

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Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
Type of Trail(s)
Cross Country (XC )
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Cafe
Trail Distance(s)

Location

Website
Country
Wales
County/State
Carmarthenshire
Trail, Centre or Base
Address
Brechfa
Directions
From M4 junction 49, take the A48 to Carmarthen, at Carmarthen turn right at the first roundabout onto A40 towards Llandeilo. At Nantgaredig take B4310 through Brechfa, trailhead at Byrgwm for Derwen and Raven trials and at Abergorlech for Gorlech trail.
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Any rider that doesn't normally ride a blue or green you would be gutted to not ride them at brechfa. They are by far some of the best flowy trails i have ridden. They keep your speed so well that you will be grinning the whole way down.
The gorlech trail is a must do for any rider with good off road skills, not suitable for anyone who doesn't normally ride techy reds. There are three main climbs, the first being the biggest. However, doing over 1000 meters of climbing is an amazing feeling once it is done! My favourite descent here is the first as it has an almost bike park feel to it, just with the typical wales feel to it! The final descent is incredible but has some pretty steep parts in so be warned!
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Facilities 
 
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Trailmade Reviewed by Trailmade July 17, 2014
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Literally fun for everyobe

Any rider that doesn't normally ride a blue or green you would be gutted to not ride them at brechfa. They are by far some of the best flowy trails i have ridden. They keep your speed so well that you will be grinning the whole way down.
The gorlech trail is a must do for any rider with good off road skills, not suitable for anyone who doesn't normally ride techy reds. There are three main climbs, the first being the biggest. However, doing over 1000 meters of climbing is an amazing feeling once it is done! My favourite descent here is the first as it has an almost bike park feel to it, just with the typical wales feel to it! The final descent is incredible but has some pretty steep parts in so be warned!

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Good Points
Some of the best, flowy trails around!
Bad Points
You will be left wanting to live there.
You won't be able to decide if you prefer the red, blue or green
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The blue and green loops here are some of my favourite trails in the UK. So much flow on offer, a great reminder that some trails don't have to rely on ultratechnical sections to be worth riding.
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Psychotext Reviewed by Psychotext November 28, 2013
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My go to trail.

The blue and green loops here are some of my favourite trails in the UK. So much flow on offer, a great reminder that some trails don't have to rely on ultratechnical sections to be worth riding.

User Review

Good Points
So much flow.

Short enough to do multiple times in a visit.

Excellent for night riding.
Bad Points
Too far away from me to ride as much as I would like. :(

Suffers after rain. Worth avoiding so that you don't tear up the trail too badly.

Limited facilities.
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Visited here with a relative novice, slightly worried that the Blue was going to be too much. Needless to say it wasn't. Well sign-posted trails, with plenty of options for linking up the green, blue, red and black. It is impossible to get lost here and the trail maps on the MB Wales website are excellent if you're worried.

This trail is definitely in the middle of nowhere, but that adds to its appeal. There's a great pub in Abergorlech for afters, but that was about the only eatery we stumbled on when we visited mid-week.

The trails themselves are very weatherproof and are excellently designed. The green descent back to the carpark probably ranks as one of my favourites anywhere in the country for just sheer fun!
I can't comment on the red/black as I haven't done them (yet), but the green and blue made a great loop for a novice, and the "experienced" rider left with a grin too. I'll be returning.
Overall rating 
 
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Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
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4.0
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RJ2DJ Reviewed by RJ2DJ May 29, 2013
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Grin inducing descents

Visited here with a relative novice, slightly worried that the Blue was going to be too much. Needless to say it wasn't. Well sign-posted trails, with plenty of options for linking up the green, blue, red and black. It is impossible to get lost here and the trail maps on the MB Wales website are excellent if you're worried.

This trail is definitely in the middle of nowhere, but that adds to its appeal. There's a great pub in Abergorlech for afters, but that was about the only eatery we stumbled on when we visited mid-week.

The trails themselves are very weatherproof and are excellently designed. The green descent back to the carpark probably ranks as one of my favourites anywhere in the country for just sheer fun!
I can't comment on the red/black as I haven't done them (yet), but the green and blue made a great loop for a novice, and the "experienced" rider left with a grin too. I'll be returning.

User Review

Good Points
All weather trails
Good signposting
Great descents
Bad Points
No trail side cafe, but the pub is well worth a visit
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The Raven was closed the first time I visited Brechfa and loved doing the Gorlech. Came back maybe 3 years alter and rode the Raven with some IBIKERide buddies and she took my breath away. Loved her. Well worth the trip and now sits in my all time top three trails.
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Grin Factor 
 
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Trail Variety 
 
5.0
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stumpy_dan Reviewed by stumpy_dan October 12, 2012
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Raven - In my top three

The Raven was closed the first time I visited Brechfa and loved doing the Gorlech. Came back maybe 3 years alter and rode the Raven with some IBIKERide buddies and she took my breath away. Loved her. Well worth the trip and now sits in my all time top three trails.

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Good Points
Rooty
Jumps
Fast descents
Shore
Bad Points
None
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