The Afan Forest Mountain Bike Centre is made up three bases. The first is Afan Forest Visitors centre itself where the Y Wall, The Penhydd and the Rookie start from. The second is the Glyncorrwg Ponds mountain bike trail centre a little down the road where The White's Level and Skyline start from. The third is new and is Afan Bike Park with numerous downhill and progressive runs.
Together these three bases offer mountain bike riders trails and lines for all abilities. In total there are eight main trails covering one black, four reds (one under construction), another blue with red sections, one green and a new bike park. The all new Blue Scar and Penhydd re-open on 30th November 2013.
Afan Forest MTB centre is just near Neath just off from Port Talbot in South Wales and comes under the regional Cognation organisation umbrella. There are cafes, showers, toilets, and car parking on all the sites.
The Rookie (Green)
- The Rookie is a family friendly 5.5km green trail with an optional blue 2.4km extension.
Blue Scar (Blue section) & Penhydd (Red Section) - Re -opening November 30th
- The Penhydd mountain bike trail is about to re-open. There will be a new 8km Blue section called Blue Scar and 6km Red section (called Penhydd) leaving and returning to the Afan Visitor Centre.
The White's Level (Red with Black option)
- The White's Level Red (with black option) is 15km long and has more than most trails all in one. A beautiful route up takes you to a black rocky section (you can take an alternative route) that has rocks, technical corners and is steep, steep. steep. Later in the ride there is a cheeky northshore section as well as some fun rock drops (chicken run options exist too).
- Recently completed for 2013 is a new red grade descent trail Tyn y Pant situated 70 metres up the fire road from the old start (top) of ‘The Darkside’ that takes you swooping 1,700 metres down to the valley floor. Hence two there are choices of descents now, Darkside & Tyn y Pant.
The Skyline (Red)
- The Skyline is 46km long and-has steep technical up's and down's. Great scenery and best you are fit for this one. The first up-is shared with the White's where it then parts off. The descent is legendary.
The Y Wal Trail (Red)
- The Y Wal trail is a swooping 24km mainly singletrack loop with epic views and breathtaking descents to keep your heart pumping all the way round. Watch out for The Graveyard section and hang on for the searingly fast final descent. Tough climb followed by fast descents where at some point the singletrack is so sweet you don't even notice the pretty much cliff drop to one side. Jumps, rock slabs, skinnies, shore and rollers. There is also an extra section of trail that is a fun option on 373 of the Y-Wal.
- There is now a new section of trail on Y Wal that will work as a loop (and can therefore be ridden as much as you want) and offers riders the opportunity to have a bit of a downhill singletrack adrenaline buzz. This new section can be accessed after the Graveyard section and before the Final Descent Zigzag.
Blade Trail - Red (Due Early 2014)
- In June 2013 construction will begin on a 32km trail which will consist of a Red graded loop leaving and returning to the Glyncorrwg Visitors Centre. This should be complete by early 2014.
- W2 is the latest trail loop to be created at Afan, linking the Y Wal and White's Level trails with a high level linking route to make 44km epic. It can be started from either Afan Forest Park or Glyncorrwg visitor centres too, with the other centre providing a welcome halfway watering hole en route.
Afan Bike Park
- Jumps, drops, berms, skinnies the lot and just built by Rowan Sorrell and the Back on Track team.
- The Bike Park is located near Bryn Bettws Lodge, Gyfylchi and can be accessed from Y Wal trail. The adult bike park has a range of different Orange dot graded runs each with different types of berms and jumps.
- Afan Bike Park is situated above the village of Tonmawr, at the Bryn Bettws Lodge MTB Centre, there is parking at the centre car park. Post code: SA12 9SP
Clubs and Groups
- There is now a shuttle bus and trailer service to get you to Afan Bike Park, Afan Visitors Centre and Glyncorrwg Ponds. Full details can be found here.
- If you have already or do get to ride these mountain bike trails at Afan Forest then why not share your experiences with us and post a pic, vid, favourite the trail or write a short review.