Cwmcarn mountain bike centre is in Newport, South Wales.
There are four main trails, the Twrch Red XC, the Cafall Red XC the Y Mynydd Downhill Track and another Downhill track called Pedalhounds.
Cwmcarn also has a pumptrack.
The Twrch Trail (XC)
- The Twrch Trail is 18km long with 300m of climbing and takes about 1-2 hours to nail. It has one of the most technical and scenic climbs which is aptly rewarded with the most flowing, smooth single track down. The ups are rooty and have numerous obstacles. The descent is fast.
- The Cafall Red trail is 12.48km long. Climbing up to altitudes over 400 metres the new XC trail is called 'Cafall' after King Arthurs lead hunting hound that chased the wild boar 'Twrch'. It had tough climbs and tight hand built singletrack sections combined with some fantastic technical descents it’s definitely for those with more experience. However, you will be rewarded with some amazing riding and views of the surrounding area on this trail that will take you out into some of the more remote areas of Cwmcarn Forest Park. Make sure you are self-sufficient and expect weather changes on this technical (Red grade) trail.
The Y Mynydd DH Track
- The Y Mynydd DH Track is built for those getting into downhill as well as advanced riders. It achieves this by having a course that splits into two sections (a red and a black). The black has a length of 1750 metres and a drop of 250 metres and the red a length of 1900 metres and drop of 250 metres. Both features jumps, drops, kickers, berms, roots and rock slab drops. The course was built by Phil Saxena from Architrail who are well renowned for having built a number of the leading UCI world champs courses.
Pedalhounds DH Track
- A second downhill track (1.4km) is on the north-eastern slopes of Cwmcarn Forest Drive through the Ebbw Forest. Cwmcarn’s latest Downhill Track follows the line of the old club built trail down a steep side valley in the forest. Access is via the Cafall XC trail or you can use the onsite uplift service. This trail starts off with a handmade rooty section through the trees and soon picks up speed as it flows in and out of the wooded sections. There are plenty of drops and technical lines with lots of roots, rock and stumps so keep an eye out for them and make sure you know what’s on the other side before ‘sending’ any of the features. The trail finishes off with a steep and fast jumps section before arriving back at the uplift pick up point. Body armour and full face helmets are strongly advised for this extreme graded Downhill trail.
- Small pump track targeted at kids.
Clubs and Groups
- CwmCarn Trail Crew make it all happen.
- Aberdare MTB Group has 180+ members with a regular 30+ on each ride and often ride Afan and CwmCarn.
- Uplift bookings available from CWMDOWN. In order for you to access both trails in the same day, the uplift on the Y Mynydd track runs in the morning and then the Pedalhounds track for the afternoon.
- The trails here are open all year is all weather and free to ride. NB the uplift costs of course and needs to be booked in advance so check out the website.
- If you have ridden any of these mountain bike trails at Cwmcarn then why not post a picture, video or favourite the trail or even write a short review and share your experiences with us.
- Also, why not check out the iBikeRide Index of the Top UK Trails to see where Cwmcarn is ranked.