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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- BikePark Wales also has a small pump track.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- If you have ridden the mountain bike trails and tracks at BikePark Wales then please share your pictures, videos and reviews to this listing.