Afan Forest Mountain Bike Trail Centre

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The Afan Forest Mountain Bike Centre can be found in South Wales. Afan is made up three bases. The first is Afan Forest Visitors centre itself where the Y Wall, The Penhydd, Blue Scar 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, Blade and Skyline start from. The third is new and is the Afan Bike Park with it's numerous short downhill 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, three reds (plus one new red under construction called the Blade), another blue with red sections, one green and a new bike park. 
 
The all new Blue Scar and Penhydd re-opened on 30th November 2013. The new red graded Blade trail launched on February 14th 2014.
 

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) 

  • The Penhydd mountain bike trail re-opened in November 2013. Accompanying it was 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 in 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 Eastern section of the Skyline trail will be closed to riders until 2016/17 during the development of Pen y Cymoedd wind farm. Please follow the yellow diversion signs from post 32.  

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)

  • The Blade Trail is a 24km red graded trail leaving and returning to the Glyncorrwg Visitors Centre. It is big on singletrack combined with ‘classics’ like ‘Peregrine Ridge’ and ‘Jetlag’. It shares the same sheep track climb out of Glyncorrwg with the ‘White’s Level’ trail but then the Blade takes you out to higher and more remote areas. There are tough technical climbs and fast flowing descents. Sections of note are the  ‘Groovy Gully’ and ‘The Rock’ & ‘Ghost Train’ sections that will test your climbing and descending skills. There is also the option to add in the 23km top loop of the classic ‘Skyline’ trail with some amazing views to extend your ride. 

W2 (Black)

  • 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

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Other Stuff

  • 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.
  • It took 2nd place in the IBIKERide Trail of the Year awards in 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.

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Trails

Type of Centre/Base
Trail Grades
  • Green (Easy)
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Orange (Extreme)
Type of Trail(s)
  • Cross Country (XC )
  • Downhill
  • Bike Park
Facilities
  • Car Park
  • Toilets
  • Visitor Centre
  • Cafe
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Shop
  • Showers
  • Campsite

Location

Website
Contact Number
Country
Wales
County/State
Neath Port Talbot
Trail, Centre or Base
Address
Afan Forest Park, SA13 3HG
Directions
Afan Forest Park Visitors Centre (as per map) Situated on the A4107 - follow the road from the M4, Junction 40 for about 6 miles. Look out for the signs for Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre. Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre, Cynonville, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, SA13 3HG.
Glyncorrwg Ponds Mountain Bike Centre id jsut a bit further on 1 Ynyscorrwg Park, Glyncorrwg, Port Talbot, SA13 3EA, Tel: 01639 851900
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
Map Co-ordinates
SS820 950
Sat Nav Co-ordinates
SA13 3AG
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Average user rating from: 15 user(s)

Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.7  (15)
Trail Variety 
 
4.6  (15)
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4.5  (15)
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4.5  (15)
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  • Trail Variety
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  • Skills Development
    Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
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  • Facilities
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Nice one
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
iBikeRide Reviewed by iBikeRide July 24, 2014
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Nice one

Nice one

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Having only ridden blue scar i feel i can't give much of an opinion on the trails but already know it's worth going back to. It was a tame but fun trail with some good berms.
The bike park is excellent with all kinds of lines, for any rider. The bottom is a network of berms leading off the different runs which gives a big grin in my opinion!
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.5
Facilities 
 
4.0
Trailmade Reviewed by Trailmade July 17, 2014
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Great bike park

Having only ridden blue scar i feel i can't give much of an opinion on the trails but already know it's worth going back to. It was a tame but fun trail with some good berms.
The bike park is excellent with all kinds of lines, for any rider. The bottom is a network of berms leading off the different runs which gives a big grin in my opinion!

User Review

Good Points
Great bike park and fun skills area. Excellent 4x track!
Bad Points
Only ridden blue scar out of the trails
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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Martin February 16, 2014

The Blade Trail @ Glencorrwg

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Good Points
Excellent variety of terrain and types of single track from swoopy berms to rocks to tight and technical. A very welcome addition to the south wales scene. Givs a bit more than an up and down morning ride like Whites levels can be
Bad Points
I know it's the time of year, and it's has been very wet but.....mud! Not everywhere but it's very tiring.
Are they sure it's 24k? ...seems longer.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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The afan valley really is a true gem that firmly puts South Wales on the mtb map of not only the uk but Europe . With its variety of long and short trails to suit all abilities of technical and cardiovascular abilities I am reluctant to share my view of this great trail centre incase I encourage too many riders to ride here. For any true mtb rider a weekend ring at the afan argoed trail centre is a must ! Once you try you will be planning your next trip.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Meady37 Reviewed by Meady37 December 28, 2013
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Afan valley

The afan valley really is a true gem that firmly puts South Wales on the mtb map of not only the uk but Europe . With its variety of long and short trails to suit all abilities of technical and cardiovascular abilities I am reluctant to share my view of this great trail centre incase I encourage too many riders to ride here. For any true mtb rider a weekend ring at the afan argoed trail centre is a must ! Once you try you will be planning your next trip.

User Review

Good Points
Great variety of trails for all skills , great facilities at the trail centre's including shop service repairs / food showers / bike wash
Bad Points
None to my knowledge
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
arees13 Reviewed by arees13 December 22, 2013
Last updated: December 23, 2013
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What a beautiful place with mile after mile of forestry track, trails and cycle track

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Good Points
With the Afan valley being 12 miles long with easy access to the 'Bwlch' and 'Rhigos' mountains at its north end and some beginners trails as well as cycle track starting at the south end of the valley Afan really has everything for all your mountain biking needs whether you are brand new or very experienced in this discipline. Throw in the fact you have 3 trail centres a skills loop and a 'Rookie' trail you can begin to see how much is on offer, whether its an epic or a short sharp thrill ride you will not be disappointed. Facilities are second to none with ample car parking, showers in two of the centres and Cafes plus expert help on hand with numerous places offering accommodation with the mountain biker and other outdoor persons in mind you can spend days having a ball in your favourite pastime. If the weather is nice and the trails flowing what a place to be and even if it is raining the trails hold up well as they are well maintained with new sections being added recently what a choice. Any Mountain Biker who visits will be smiling when leaving.
Bad Points
As with anywhere the ' Weather '.
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Yes
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A must please try at least once fab views , and fab tracks Afan lodge is a really Friendly place to visit, always a warm welcome :)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Charlie231173 Reviewed by Charlie231173 December 22, 2013
Last updated: December 23, 2013
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Afan

A must please try at least once fab views , and fab tracks Afan lodge is a really Friendly place to visit, always a warm welcome :)

User Review

Good Points
Really variety of trails something for every one,real good fun to be had , for newbies and more experienced rider, try once and you will be addicted
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
main man Reviewed by main man December 21, 2013
Last updated: December 21, 2013
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Afan Valley

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Good Points
In winter and summer the Afan Valley as a lot to offer. In the winter warm your hands after a bike ride in front of the log fire in Afan Lodge in the summer sit on the decking of the Afan Lodge or the cafe at Glyncorrwg, Afan Argoed and splendour the views. The Afan Valley as a lot to offer from the most experienced mountain bike rider to a family cycle ride. Lots of facilities from toilets to showers in all the centres and plenty of accommodation in the Valley, information can be found on this site. A good starting point for families is the Rhyslyn car park. This is a free car park with a tarmac cycle track that goes through the stunning valley of the Afan passing Afan Argoed and Afan Lodge. The cycle track was built on a disused railway line so no big hills to climb for families; you can look this up in the sustrans map route 887. Not too far from the Rhyslyn car park is the Afan Valleys new green trail “Rookie”. This is graded easy and is 5.5km long. So all in all this valley as a lot to offer all levels of riders.
Bad Points
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There is a lot of good riding in the Afan valley now that the New Penhydd and Blue Scar trails are open and with a new section of trail opening in Glyncorrwg called The Blade due to open in the new year it’s really worth a visit. If you fancy a good ride of about 46 km then I can recommend the W2, (Whites Level/ Y Wall) lots of single track guaranteed to put a smile on your face with a café at both ends it’s a must.
If you have a young family then you can ride the rookie trail, good fun for all the family.
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Cheifrider Reviewed by Cheifrider December 18, 2013
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Afan Argoed / Glyncorrwg

There is a lot of good riding in the Afan valley now that the New Penhydd and Blue Scar trails are open and with a new section of trail opening in Glyncorrwg called The Blade due to open in the new year it’s really worth a visit. If you fancy a good ride of about 46 km then I can recommend the W2, (Whites Level/ Y Wall) lots of single track guaranteed to put a smile on your face with a café at both ends it’s a must.
If you have a young family then you can ride the rookie trail, good fun for all the family.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of trails to ride.
Choice of three Cafes.
Showers / Toilets at Glyncorrwg and Afan Argoed
Bad Points
The weather can by off putting some times.
Would you recommend?
Yes
Whites Level in the snow
Glyncorrwg Ponds & Mountain Bike Centre
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
jackson18 Reviewed by jackson18 December 17, 2013
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afan argoed / glyncorwg

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Good Points
Great trails and cycle paths for familys around the base of the valley. Plenty of trails to mix and match for all levels of mountain bikers. Dont forget to visit the cafe in glyncorwg great food and welcome.
Bad Points
none
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Must ,Must, Must visit these trails and the surrounding area for a full MTB experience.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Nigel Thomas December 15, 2013

afan forest rides

Must ,Must, Must visit these trails and the surrounding area for a full MTB experience.

User Review

Good Points
Excellent variety of hard and easy trails , easy access off M4, rides to suit all levels of ability, MUST visit if you are a serious MTB rider .
Bad Points
There are no bad points
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Yes
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Please take emergency supplies and a light in winter as we did have a breakdown at the top that was not repairable it's z long cold way down, be prepared it's not a walk in the park, this is serious stuff! If your not comfortable then don't do it! Deffo has your cheeks clenching on parts :-)
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
L8Rees Reviewed by L8Rees December 02, 2013
Last updated: December 02, 2013
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Please take emergency supplies and a light in winter as we did have a breakdown at the top that was not repairable it's z long cold way down, be prepared it's not a walk in the park, this is serious stuff! If your not comfortable then don't do it! Deffo has your cheeks clenching on parts :-)

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Good Points
Well where to begin? The whole place is a grin extravaganza booming with every aspect of xc riding you could wish for, even the crazy adrenaline junkies would love it, has the views and trails to love, it's like the holy grail if bike trails, this has to be on a bikers to do list!!! Epic and wild!! We did W2 aka Y Wal (bits of them all)
Bad Points
You don't see people for hours and you could be lost and alone easily, trails are everywhere so you'll always find one though, a lot of climbing we did 3000+ feet of it lol
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First time at Afan today and chose to do the Y Wal run I believe it was Rowan Sorrel who made these trails but if it wasn't then whoever did build them is a genius. Although the climbs are very long you are rewarded with singletrack heaven especially the Graveyard and zigzag sections great variety of terrain with a lot of the singletrack taking you through great forest areas all in all a fantastic day and trail which I hope to return to soon.
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5
Reviewed by Andy August 02, 2013

Y Wal

First time at Afan today and chose to do the Y Wal run I believe it was Rowan Sorrel who made these trails but if it wasn't then whoever did build them is a genius. Although the climbs are very long you are rewarded with singletrack heaven especially the Graveyard and zigzag sections great variety of terrain with a lot of the singletrack taking you through great forest areas all in all a fantastic day and trail which I hope to return to soon.

User Review

Good Points
Decent cafe
Very good bike shop
Cheap Parking
Would you recommend?
Yes
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A great area to ride - my favourites are Y Wal and Whites Level but looking forward to doing Penhydd again after its long closure.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Dai May 30, 2013

Afan Rides

A great area to ride - my favourites are Y Wal and Whites Level but looking forward to doing Penhydd again after its long closure.

User Review

Good Points
Great trails, even right after rain (not that there's ever any rain in this area...)
Bad Points
Occasionally the trails are taken over for races and private events with little or no warning on website, at the car park etc.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Brilliant, Typically ride the W2 (from Glyncorwygg), which is Whites level and Y Wall combined, but cut off at the end and ride the skyline descent, which is better than the final descent of whites level in my opinion.
Most of the up hill is singletrack (fire roads are boring) which is rewarding and technical in places and makes the downhill worthwile. The downhill is more flowing single track fun, with the option of jumps and drops thrown in occasionally.
The black run on Whites level is alright, and not as hard as people make out; It is puncture central due to the rocks.
The Bike park/skills trails opened recently, and is near the 4x track and the Bryn Bettws Lodge (cheap to stay at and good food). The bike park has bits for people of all skills and is fun, the 4X is probably best left to advanced riders.
Looking forward to going again.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Dan March 11, 2013

Afan

Brilliant, Typically ride the W2 (from Glyncorwygg), which is Whites level and Y Wall combined, but cut off at the end and ride the skyline descent, which is better than the final descent of whites level in my opinion.
Most of the up hill is singletrack (fire roads are boring) which is rewarding and technical in places and makes the downhill worthwile. The downhill is more flowing single track fun, with the option of jumps and drops thrown in occasionally.
The black run on Whites level is alright, and not as hard as people make out; It is puncture central due to the rocks.
The Bike park/skills trails opened recently, and is near the 4x track and the Bryn Bettws Lodge (cheap to stay at and good food). The bike park has bits for people of all skills and is fun, the 4X is probably best left to advanced riders.
Looking forward to going again.

User Review

Good Points
Good fun, technically challenging trails.
Trail centre is good; showers etc good, food at Glyncorwygg the best and Skyline cycles don't rip you off!
Bad Points
The whole Skyline trail not worth riding due to the numerous trail diversions (that have been going on for years) and ruin its flow, though it is easy to get to the final descent which is the best bit.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Whites:
The black descent on the whites has shore, steep rocky descents, rocky berms and lots of rock. It's short and the climb up is hard on the fireroad but it is truly worth it.

Windy point is pure grin city as the flat heads down to a flowing descent intermingled with slabs.

Energy as the name suggests is both hard and fun. The down is a mix of lines of jumps to narrow singletrack, bits of shore and is weirdly hard work to pedal through. My advice is you need to take it hard to get the most out of her.

At the end of Energy you can go on to do Goodwood.

There is also a new final descent on the Whites that I'm not too much of a fan off. Starts off well and fast but then the rocky part makes you pedal too much up which feels wrong and not quite constructed right for a final descent. The old descent is currently the up but when it re-opens and you have a choice of two final descents I'd recommend taking the old descent down.

Skyline Final Descent
Also if you mix it up you can actually do the rocky Skyline (another trail here) descent down (you sort of head up from the top of the black run on the Whites). This is actually a route I'd recommend (not the whole Skyline as such as v long and too much fireroad but definitely it's final descent). The descent is grin, breathtaking stuff with rocks everywhere, fast, rock steps, slabs the lot.

Y Wal
The Y Wal is another trail here I love. I rode it first so many years ago but it was the Y Wall where I first fell in love with this sport and I've never looked back. You go all the way to the top and all the way down. Does what it says on the tin type of trail.

Bike Park
Even better is from the top of Y Wall there is now a great bike park. It has Orange dot grading and the runs are long enough to give you a grin but not so long it is a ball break to ride back up. There must be 6 or 7 different variations if not more and they are great for sessioning and developing your skills be it jumps or corners etc. This can be a destination for the day out or form part of the ride on the Y Wall. Has decent facilities also i.e. cafe, toilets and so on.

Blade
Brutal, harsh, technical but not without reward. Descents sections some of them feel more black than red. Welcome and unique addition to afan. Trail quality been hit by opening in flood season. Quote a few ruts and puddles,

Penhydd
Tons of fun and an old classic. New descent is rocky and fun.

Blue scar
Fast flowing with big berms.
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
stumpy_dan Reviewed by stumpy_dan August 25, 2012
Last updated: March 24, 2014
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Whites, Y Wall, Skyline Descent and Energy, Bike Park

Whites:
The black descent on the whites has shore, steep rocky descents, rocky berms and lots of rock. It's short and the climb up is hard on the fireroad but it is truly worth it.

Windy point is pure grin city as the flat heads down to a flowing descent intermingled with slabs.

Energy as the name suggests is both hard and fun. The down is a mix of lines of jumps to narrow singletrack, bits of shore and is weirdly hard work to pedal through. My advice is you need to take it hard to get the most out of her.

At the end of Energy you can go on to do Goodwood.

There is also a new final descent on the Whites that I'm not too much of a fan off. Starts off well and fast but then the rocky part makes you pedal too much up which feels wrong and not quite constructed right for a final descent. The old descent is currently the up but when it re-opens and you have a choice of two final descents I'd recommend taking the old descent down.

Skyline Final Descent
Also if you mix it up you can actually do the rocky Skyline (another trail here) descent down (you sort of head up from the top of the black run on the Whites). This is actually a route I'd recommend (not the whole Skyline as such as v long and too much fireroad but definitely it's final descent). The descent is grin, breathtaking stuff with rocks everywhere, fast, rock steps, slabs the lot.

Y Wal
The Y Wal is another trail here I love. I rode it first so many years ago but it was the Y Wall where I first fell in love with this sport and I've never looked back. You go all the way to the top and all the way down. Does what it says on the tin type of trail.

Bike Park
Even better is from the top of Y Wall there is now a great bike park. It has Orange dot grading and the runs are long enough to give you a grin but not so long it is a ball break to ride back up. There must be 6 or 7 different variations if not more and they are great for sessioning and developing your skills be it jumps or corners etc. This can be a destination for the day out or form part of the ride on the Y Wall. Has decent facilities also i.e. cafe, toilets and so on.

Blade
Brutal, harsh, technical but not without reward. Descents sections some of them feel more black than red. Welcome and unique addition to afan. Trail quality been hit by opening in flood season. Quote a few ruts and puddles,

Penhydd
Tons of fun and an old classic. New descent is rocky and fun.

Blue scar
Fast flowing with big berms.

User Review

Good Points
-Amazing diversity of trails for all levels
-Great new bike park
-Always developing new stuff
-Facilities are great
Bad Points
-Preferred the MTB vibe of the old Drop Off cafe.
- no real DH
Would you recommend?
Yes
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