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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, 10 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 Mynydd 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 ten 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.

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Widest Offering of Trails
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5.0
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5.0

Definitely the best offering of trails in one place. Always kept to a great standard

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Yes
JD
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
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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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5.0

Absolutely great place!

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MS
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BEST EXPERIENCE ON MY BIKE!!!!
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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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5.0
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5.0

Love this bike park it has something for everyone

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The first time I went to bike park wales was easily the best experience I’ve ever had on a bike the trails were so flowy and nothing like I’ve ever ridden I love the bike park and it’s an amazing place to ride I highly recommend you take the time to ride here
Bad Points
Nothing except the uplift Road was bumpy:)
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Yes
ME
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Best days out
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

You can't beat a couple of days here, maybe with a day at Afan or Cwmcarn thrown in for some added variety.

We tend to rent a house, often in Aberdare and you can't go wrong with some decent pubs, curry house and chineses!

Got down to BPW and have a blast!

User Review

Good Points
Bike Park Wales needs no introduction, it is the best and most varied place to go to ride your bike. In fact due to the uplifts, it is pretty much the only place i can get some of my mates to go for a ride these days.

The variety of trails available are great, they offer something for all abilities, I tend to stick to the red trails, and having been to BPW a number of times since it opened, the trails have evolved over the years into something special and as challenging as you make it.

Every time I visit i feel like my riding progresses further and i leave with a massive grin on my face!
Bad Points
Have to plan ahead to book in advance. Although BPW are so flexible with bookings you just need to be organised in what you are doing.
Would you recommend?
Yes
G
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Best trail center in the uk!!
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5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Easily the best trails in the uk. Somthing for every one to ride. The blue trails are smooth, fast and super fun. The red trails are a great fun with a good level of mid sized jumps and drops to ease you into the black sections if you feel brave enough.

SM
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
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5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0

Hands down the best place to ride in the country in my opinion.

User Review

Good Points
The place is just amazing. It has everything. The trails are epic !! You can really see that they put soo much money back into the tracks for us to enjoy them. I have just visited a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at all the extra things that had been added to the tracks since April.
Bad Points
I think that the was the uplifts are ran for the drivers to have their lunch needs re organised. When it goes to about 2 vans on when they are on lunch the ques get a little long. Im not saying the driver's dont deserve their lunch i just think it needs to be staggerd better so more vans are on during breaks.
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WG
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All the trails
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3.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
1.5
Facilities 
 
4.5

All the trails are good but not a fan of the surface.

User Review

Good Points
So many trails at bike park wales, great trail center.
Bad Points
All most totally rock
J
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Best place ever
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5.0
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5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Always have a great time whatever the weather.

User Review

Good Points
Local trail centre.
Great cafe.
Helpful staff.
Wide variety of trails for beginners all way up to advanced riders.
Always looking to expand with new trails being built.
Would you recommend?
Yes
MB
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Best bike park ive been to!
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5.0
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5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
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5.0

Can't wait to come back to Bike Park Wales!

User Review

Good Points
Best bike park Ive been to yet! The trails are exceptional, well built and cater to all levels and abilities. The uplift service can be busy but regular enough that you dont wait long even if you dont have an uplift priority pass.
The staff are all friendly, helpful and welcoming, I had to change my booking date due to weather conditions and they were prompt to do this and reply to my e-mail without any issues what so ever. I would highly recommend BPW and will be organising adventure training including a day here for a group of my work colleagues, and will be booking onto skills coaching in the near future. BPW also has a great shop that just makes me want to spend all of my money! The food in the cafe is also great quality and not particularly expensive compared to other trail centres I have visited.
Bad Points
No real bad points from me, extra uplifts would be good but that could be said about any park.
Would you recommend?
Yes
L
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Heaven!
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

Just brilliant!

User Review

Good Points
Everything! Flowing and well maintained trails, fast uplift service and friendly staff, can’t say enough good things!
Bad Points
NA
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Yes
RJ
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