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 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 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.

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Skills Development
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Best bike park ive been to!

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

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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.
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Heaven!

Just brilliant!

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

Book early for the weekend lift pass.

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Good Points
All good. Great trails. Staff are always friendly. I've been three times now and still get excited about going.
Bad Points
It's six hours from my home. Everything else is awesome.
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Room for improvements?

Awesome park. Worth the 3 hour travel and weekend stay every time! The staff could be a bit friendlier but the park facilities and quality is still very good!

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Good Points
Awesome trails, good food and great location.
Bad Points
Could do with better service. Girl serving at the till both times was quite blunt and rude. Menu in cafe could be clearer. I know its quirky to be hand written but makes it harder to read. Guy at the desk made me wait a second time in a huge que because He wasn't serving the uplift cards just checking people in pre booked!!
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What a bike park!!!

Awesome place, give it a visit!

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Good Points
Fantastic bike park for all abilities. Loads of trails to choose from of varying styles. A great place to session sections or just blast down. The facilities are brilliant, everything you could ever need. Cafe is particularly good, great food, great coffee. Love all the different trail styles and the uplift is pretty efficient too.
Bad Points
Only thing that would make it better is a chain lift!
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You'll want to go back for more! #BPW rocks

BPW is a awesome place to get to grips with your core skills for MTB. The trails each have their own character; and no two are the same.
As a novice on my first visit to BPW it was quite overwhelming but once you got your confidence. Plus a great way to increase your fitness to ride up the fire roads to the top if you dont fancy a ride on one of the uplifts.

Keep going back for me. Every time is a different but great experience!

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Good Points

Good selection of trails
Well maintained
Always developing new tracks
they listen to the riders and make improvements on our suggestions
Womens weekend is great event!
Entry to the park is reasonably priced and an all-day pass is good value.
Food is home cooked and the burgers are delicious!
Everything you want from a bike park!
Bad Points
Parking can be difficult is your not there early
Uplift day pass gets sold out weeks and sometimes months in advance
Sometimes the ques can be long for the uplift if your on a pay as you go
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Best Bike Park

Best bike park in Wales/UK

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Good Points
Plenty all weather trails....all trailes are big big fun!!!!
Bad Points
Is far from London.....could be in my doorstep ?
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Top quality place

Absolutely love this place. I would recommend it to anyone that is into mountain biking.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BPW
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User Review

Good Points
All good not had a bad experience yet. Been 6 times and looking forward to booking again.
Bad Points
The only bad point I can think about is it’s not Close enough to where I live.
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Totally amazing

Bike paradise, went in August going back November on full uplifts with are speeding and officiant

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Good Points
Something for everyone. Ability to build uo in trail difficulties. Great video between riders
Bad Points
The mechanics are to busy to help with your bike. I even offered to pay them to release my stuck chain, but we're to busy and gave me minimum advice on how to fix it. I had to ask about 5 member of the staff who gave me a little bit of insight on what I needed to do and in the end a public riders helped
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BPW Rocks!

I sometimes go on my own due to work patterns & always meet folk to chat n ride with.

User Review

Good Points
I love the variety of trails here, visit 3-4 times a year & have so much fun warming up on the blues it's almost wrong! Blues & Reds are great fun for different skill levels & have truly improved my riding skills. Uplift is very reasonable price wise, i don't do the full day pass as I do enjoy the ride up once or twice :)
Cafe is awesome, shop is fairly priced & well stocked.
Bad Points
Uplift takes a while, but is totally worth it.
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