BikePark Wales is a mountain bike park facility in Gethin Woods, on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.
In May 2018 they announced the biggest investment since opening 5 years ago with 7 new trails taking their total to 40 trails. The latest additions will open throughout June and are made up of 3 blue trails, 3 red and 1 black. Some of these trails are a new type of trail called BPW "Blend trails i.e. a mix of Flow (wider, berms, rollers, and jumps) and Tech (rock and roots etc).
In total BikePark Wales has 13 blues, 13 reds, 11 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).
- 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 thirteen 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 thirteen 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 is also elven 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 from £8 for a pedal and ride entry (includes car park) or from £32.50 for the uplift for the day (which then also includes the entry fee). You can get a season pass too.
- In 2017 BikePark Wales took 3rd place in the iBikeRide UK Trail and Bike Park of the Year awards. They came 2nd in 2016 and 1st in 2015.
- If you have ridden the mountain bike trails and tracks at BikePark Wales then please share your pictures, videos, and reviews to this listing.