BikePark Wales, Wales

BikePark Wales, Wales

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Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1YZ
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BikePark Wales is a mountain bike park facility in Gethin Woods (on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil) in South Wales. There are 10 blues, 9 reds, 10 blacks, 2 pro-lines, a green and a pump track.

There is an uplift and a 5km single track ride up option that takes around 30 minutes. BikePark Wales has 1750 vertical metres of descending from the summit of Myndd Gethin (which is at 491 metres in height). 

Green

  • The green trail is the beginner and family friendly route. Expect wide sections and not too steep but it is not boring. This has the 1km Badgers Run and also a 1.7 km link to the Taff trail for the Sustrans route.

Blue

  • There are ten blue routes to descend down for intermediate riders with narrow trail, jumps and small drops. The Blues also have red section options if you want to take it up a gear. 

Red

  • There are nine red advanced trails with steeper gradients, featuring a variety of natural and man-made features including gap jumps, drops, off camber corners, switchbacks, large rocks and loose surfaces

Black

  • There are also nine expert graded black trails with mandatory gap jumps and drops. It is very narrow in places with roots, rocks and steep descents.

Pro Line - Trail X

  • A 0.1 km section with extremely large jumps, drops and mandatory gap jumps is severely steep. 
  • The second pro line starts off the Fifty Shades of Black trail. It is on the lower slopes and named "Join the dots". The new pro-line uses natural rock ledges and boulders to create step downs, hips and doubles. 

Pump Track

  • BikePark Wales also has a small pump track.

Directions

  • Take Junction 32 on the M4 (Cardiff/Merthyr Tydfil), at the roundabout take the A470 North towards Merthyr Tydfil/Pontypridd). Merge onto the A470. Go PAST Pontypridd (DO NOT take ANY exits). Go STRAIGHT OVER the first roundabout Continue for 5 miles. Turn LEFT at the NEXT roundabout 1st Exit, and turn right into the venue
    The Venue is signposted GETHIN WOODLAND PARK on a big brown FE road sign - Gethin Woodland Centre, Abercanaid, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1Y

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  • Throughout the summer they are open from 8:30 am until 6 pm, with a late close of 8:30 pm on Thursdays.
  • You pay £6 for a pedal and ride entry (includes car park) or £31 (£34 weekends) for the uplift for the day (which then also includes the entry fee). You can get a season pass too.
  • In 2016 BikePark Wales took 2nd place in the iBikeRide UK Trail and Bike Park of the Year awards. They came 1st in 2015.

Developments

  • BikePark Wales launched in August 2013. Since then there have been many progressive developments:
  • To the blue network: In May 2017 Surfin' Bird a new natural feel red section opened. In March 2017 they launched Popty Ping a new Blue Plus trail. In August 2015 a new blue called Terry's Belly opened which is the longest blue in the UK.
  • To the red network: In March 2016 HotStepper (named after a load of rocky steps that have been built into the hillside, separated by flowy, rooty singletrack) launched. It can be accessed from Terry’s Belly, 500 metres from the uplift drop off point. At 1.6km it is the longest red at BikePark Wales. In Feb 2015 the new start to Vicious Valley opened. It's 500 metres of singletrack meaning you no longer need to ride Melted Welly to access Vicious Valley. Has a neat new start feature (drop in). In August 2014 the A470 is the longest jump trail in the UK. (900 metres) opened.
  • To the black network: In April 2017 they launched the black trail 'Escort". Fifty Shades of Black launched in February 2015. It is built on the previously unused south side of the mountain and is 1.8km long with a 280-metre vertical drop. It's their longest and the most extreme of the blacks on offer.

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Skills Development
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3.5
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2.5
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0.5

Ok i suppose

Been to BPW a few times now,but not in a hurry to go back.
Changing facilities are non existent,one toilet for everyone.
Uplift is very pedesrian,friendly drivers though.

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Bad Points
Very poor facilities for changing,uplift is mediocre also
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4.5
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4.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

BPW

100% go and fill your boots :)

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Good Points
As basic or as wild as you want things :)
Bad Points
The priority uplift is a pain if you pay on the day. I have waited and missed 3 buses in a row before now. There should be a fail safe (maybe at least several places on each uplift for the pay on the day guys.....)

Uplift can be as rough as the ride down (they have been working to repair it though).
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Yes
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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Where to go to get a smile

Love this place....leave with a big smile every time I go!!!

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Good Points
Friendly helpful staff
Fantastic well maintained trails for all skill levels
Great facilities
No litter, lots of bins/recycling points
Great uplift
Lots of events on all year around
Bad Points
Needs a larger car park....that's all!
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Yes
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4.9
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0

Best place ive been too so far in uk ...

Well worth a weekend every now and then .....

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Good Points
Brilliant day ,varied trails ,useable even when the weather sucks and i couldnt fault the uplift service ,i never had to wait more than 5 minutes even during the busy christmas period , my son and i went on 28-29th December 2016 ....friendly staff ....
Bad Points
I didnt need to que for toilets ,but i could see it being an issue at times ....
Staff was great apart from one miserable git in the shop i was only looking at a wheel and he went all arsy on me ....
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4.6
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5.0
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Grin factor at max

Gethin. Get on. Get in. Get down.
Oooosh!

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Good Points
Best fun you can have with your clothes on and you can also wave your willy about too so bonus points there. Love this place. For those who hate climbing (Who the feck does?!) and for those who have limited time to get there grins and thrills this place is fabulous. Can't wait to go back once my fitness is back to a fair few notches above wheezing couch potato. And you do have to be fit to ride downhill to get the maximum out of the uplifts.
Crazy fun. Like a skate park for MTBers of all ages. Loads of variety. I dare you not to be grinning at the end of the blue run Sixtapod.
Bad Points
Extremely busy at weekends (due to its popularity no doubt)
Facilities need expanding for the volume of footfall. More toilets and showers.
Speed up the food service and keep the prices competitive.
Uplift service - stagger or skeleton crew over lunch time. 1 hour downtime completely? Not good when you've paid for a day of uplifts.
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4.5
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5.0
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Awesome

Hope you will keep on developing BPW, I hear great things are planned. Although it's hard to believe it can get better! Maybe some accommodation in lodges or a campsite would be a good addition???

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Good Points
My best days of the year are spent here - such a treat to ride down the trails all day, love the uplift and the drivers and the cafe and the shower and the bike wash and the views and the log fire and the atmosphere and.................well, everything!
Bad Points
welsh rain....please organise more sun haha
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5.0

My Local Luxury

I live local to here and feel so lucky to have it. Trails are awesome and the place is so special.

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4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
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5.0
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3.5
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5.0

Flo rida

Heard there are plan for a. Ew trail every year. That would be the best news ever

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Good Points
Pure flow riding fun
Turn up and ride without any hassle
Value for money
Bad Points
Long queues in the morning
Need more buses more often as too much waiting around in line for uplift
Bike shop too expensive
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Yes
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4.7
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Great trails, the only down side was my technical skills!

I had a great 2 hours there before I stacked on hot stepper and landed on a rock fracturing my pelvis in 3 places! Rider error, and getting over confident in very wet conditions so all my own fault. That said I'm planning to go back next year now that I've healed up and put right that unfortunate mishap! Brilliantly inventive trails, made getting back to Berkshire a bit dull! Merthyr hospital is just up the road and they were great too!!!

User Review

Good Points
Great trails with massive variety, the team of guys who work there are excellent. Uplifts make for fun day.The trail centre is among the best I've been to. Good support if you need medical attention.
Bad Points
Car park is a bit rough

I'd say the reds here are darker red than the average, worth doing a reccy ride before full commitment just to ensure you know what you're letting yourself in for if like me you are from the flat lands of the South!
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4.7
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5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
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5.0

Always a good day

Although we always end up with a few casualties bike and body parts. Its always a good day to be had at bike park wales!

User Review

Good Points
So many different trails and ways to mix and match trails on your descent. Loads of features, little pop jumps, gap jumps and rock gardens.
Bad Points
Some jumps and drops should require a little signage as done in other parks throughout europe. just to help you ride them blind a little easier.
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