Black Mountains Cycle Centre

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Great Llwygy Farm, Pandy, Monmouthshire, Np7 7pe
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Np77pe postcode sat nav will try to take you to the farm next door

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The Black Mountains Cycle Centre (BMCC) also known as Dirt Farm is a Downhill and Freeride Mountain Bike facility in Monmouthshire in Wales (just 5 miles North of Abergavenny). There is one blue, one red, two black run and a pro jump line option. The lines are mix and match so there quite a few combinations to make up a run.

In May 2015 they launched an alternative red section to the bridge that is slightly easier than the other red with pump jumps, berms and short steep sections as well as a new red/blue section from the bridge down.

You can book the uplift (easily get ten plus runs in a day so great value for money). Also by the time you hit the bottom the uplift is back and waiting. Also, you can pay for push and ride. It takes a good 20-25 minutes to walk up if you go for the push and ride option but then folk often session just the top half section as there are multiple line choices. Either way, you need to sign the waiver.

Development is ongoing and in December 2014 they opened a new blue run and in March 2015 a new black track. There are also rumours for a new red at some point. 

Blue

  • The blue is flowing with berms and jumps galore. It rides fast.

Red

  • The red steps it up a gear and have some steeper more technical rooty sections. It is fast has off camber corners, bridge crossings and wooden kickers.

Black(s)

  • There are two black runs. These are rocky, steep and fast with big jumps, gap jumps, step downs and also passes over the bridge. There is also a huge pro jump line.
  • The more recent new black line is fast flowing and is a more natural feeling trail. It's graded black because of the start and it's steepness on the 3 back to back berms section. They have tried to keep the roots and rocks in too wherever possible. Takes just under a minute to ride.

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  • It was designed and built by Gary Broad and Shaun Bevan.
  • It's open every day as a push-up centre but the uplift runs Saturday and Sunday. 10 - 5 (expect 10-12 lifts in a day) and mid-week (as of the end of March 2015). if demand permits it also opens on weekdays so check out their site.
  • You need to book and pay.
  • You must sign a waiver (available on line when booking) before riding and the Riders Code of Conduct must be adhered to at all times.
  • Limited facilities bar a car park and portaloo so come prepared and bring lunch, drinks etc with you.

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
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Black mountain cycle centre
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
3.0
The only comment I can say is this is a park you will leave with a smile on your face every time you go.

User Review

Good Points
Uplift service runs like a dream. Owner is very friendly and helpfull as are all the staff.
Bad Points
Only porter loos on site.
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Fun in the Sun
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Top place, good staff, nice vibe, trail maintenance top notch.

User Review

Good Points
Great variety of trails allowing good progression and skill development. Good variety, even the occasional bit of rock, steep turns, jumps lines from beginner to certifiably insane. Rapid uplift. One of the reds includes two of the sweetest tabletops in the country.
Bad Points
Probably not quite so much fun in the rain.
Would you recommend?
Yes
JH
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Great fun. Big grins!
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0
Love it here!

User Review

Good Points
Great trails, easy up lifts, superb hire bikes available!
Atmosphere and welcoming staff are second to none
Bad Points
I don't have time to ride there enough
Would you recommend?
Yes
NC
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Great fun place to ride with something for everyone

User Review

Good Points
Great, we’ll built trails.
Bad Points
Shops very basic.
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Yes
TB
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Found it initially intimidating, but really enjoyed it as the day went by and I got more confident.

User Review

Good Points
More natural than many bike parks. A skills tester.
Bad Points
Take your own lunch, unless you like a tepid pot noodle.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Love this place
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0
Every time I go I just don't want the day to end

User Review

Good Points
Big jumps flowing and fast
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
BD
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0
A great place

User Review

Good Points
Friendly and genuine Dh trails aimed to challenge riders of varying abilities!
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Yes
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Amazing place and trails
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
3.0
Excellent trails

User Review

Good Points
The uplift is well organised and usually once you have finished a trail you can get straight back on to the trailer at the bottom. All the riders and people there are really friendly and always willing to share advice about the trails. There is also a good variety of trails which are well kept and in hood condition. All the trails allow you to increase your ability as there is nothing that cant be rode around if you dont fancy some of the jumps or obstacles. Another good part of this centre is that you have easy access to the uplift from the car park which is flat and well kept, this allows you the chance to have a good rest throughout the day and take onboard plenty of fluids and food.
Bad Points
Only bad point about this place that i can really think about is the small refreshments and toilet area. But this is easily overcome by taking your own food. But even this point i can overlook as the whole day feels more friendly compared to other uplift days i have been on.
Would you recommend?
Yes
DP
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Best trails by a long shot
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
4.5
Just awesome! Love this place

User Review

Good Points
Awesome trails .. super friendly staff .. unbelievable uplift service .. great atmosphere
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
W
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Black mountains ?
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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
None

User Review

Good Points
Superb trails with a great uplift service. Great fun!
Bad Points
None
Would you recommend?
Yes
LB
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