Garw Valley Mountain Bike Trails

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CF32 8AT
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Follow the brown signs for Parc Calon Lan pretty much at the top of the Garw Valley...Trails set off from Parc Calon Lan. There is ample free parking in the Parc Calon Lan Visitor Centre car park off Railway Terrace, Blaengarw (CF32 8AT).
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The Darren Fawr mountain bike trails in the Garw Valley are a new MTB development that only just opened in early 2013. 

Darren Fawr consists of the Glengarw Blue and the Gellideg Black graded trails. Both trails are quite short but you can link them together to form a 6km loop.

Located in South Wales close to Afan Forest and Cwmcarn they add even more fun to this regional centre of MTB excellence. 

Glengarw (Blue)

  • The Glengarw Trail is a 3km Blue graded trail with sweet singletrack, 100 metres of climbing, great berms and a fun descent. It is aimed at novices and intermediate riders.
  • The Glengarw Trail is named after the Glengarw Colliery, also known as the Ballarat.
  • Gellideg (Black)

  • The Gellideg Trail is a 3.2km Black graded trail with approx 200 metres of climbing. It starts off on the first section of the Glengarw 'Blue' trail to join onto the black. It consists of a tough climb followed by a technical descent with berms, steep bomb holes, technical rock features and has a section running through a natural quarry. The black is aimed at experienced and skilled riders.
  • The Gellideg Trail is named after the largest coal seam in the Ocean Colliery.
  • Other Stuff

  • It seems these days you can't go far in Wales (or England) without seeing Rowan Sorrell's awesome handy work and here again this is designed and built by his Back On Track team.
  • The Darren Fawr Gawr Valley project was funded by the Welsh Assembly, Bridgend County Borough Council and Garw Valley Community Council. The trails are managed by the Garw Valley Community Council.
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    Gawr MTB trails
    (Updated: June 07, 2015)
    I have not filled in the rating as I would give mostly 5 stars for the blue trail but low stars for the black trail. Here is why.
    The Black run.
    I have ridden it three times. For starters getting to the top is too difficult. You are always going to have to climb hard and push up some sections but it seems that the trail has been deliberately constructed to make harder to climb than it needs to be with rough large stones littering the trail making it VERY difficult for all bar the best riders to ride up. It is not so much the steepness that causes the problem, you just cannot get a flow or momentum going.
    Most other black trails I have ridden are good flowing trails with some very difficult sections and the odd very technical section to contend with.
    The Gellideg Downhill seems to have everything crammed in one on top of the other with no by-pass option at all.
    It may be appealing to the really hard core few but moderate to good riders are put off. The large stones in the quarry section were hitting lumps out of my bike.
    Whenever I go there, or ride by, nobody is using it and that is a shame. I was there on a beautiful warm and dry Saturday afternoon and I was the only one using it yet there were lots of riders using the cycle track and forest trails.
    If it could be smoothed off on the climb and made more flowing on the decent with a bypass on the toughest 3 sections I think it would become a far bigger attraction.

    User Review

    Good Points
    The Blue trail is absolute fun fun fun it just ends all to quickly. If you are a novice you can ride it slow and is still great fun and a challenge. For better riders you can really hit it hard and it is challenging and leaves you with a huge grin.
    Bad Points
    The Black run.
    Would you recommend?
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    Gawr Blimey!
    (Updated: March 20, 2014)
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    We have been to Gawr Valley 3 times. You can do the blue climb, two black runs and the blue descent in just over an hour. The contrast between blue and black is striking. The blue is a simple climb and a swoopy descent. The black is a lung buster to a desolate summit (you can see Afan Forest from the top) followed by some bermy bits, a rocky step section and some drops, really good work to get all the features into a small trail. If you are heading for Brechfa, BPW or Afan it is certainly worth calling in.

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    Good Points
    Great contrast between well surfaced flowy blue and ragged-edge black. Very quiet. All weather surface with very little mud. Free parking. Great views. Challenging climb.
    Bad Points
    No facilities.
    Would you recommend?
    Yes
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    (Updated: October 04, 2015)
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    4.7
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    2.5
    Fantastic trail right on my doorstep, but it's a pity a few local people think it's trail for dog walking :(

    User Review

    Good Points
    Thought the Blue run was amazing, easy to get to and a fast quick trail, amazing views from up top
    Bad Points
    Didn't enjoy the black run, too many big stone boulders, and drop offs but the more experienced rider would probably love it ,
    Would you recommend?
    Yes
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    Black and it means it!
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    4.0
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    There is a café "Creation Café" within walking distance of the car park. The all day breakfast was all there!

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    Good Points
    Trails vary from rocky scrambles to swoopy berms
    Need some more fitness to get up the climb and more nerves to do the descent through the quarry.
    Can't wait to go back and improve!
    Bad Points
    Would like to know how to link it to other trails
    Would you recommend?
    Yes
    OC
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    Garw Black to Blue
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    4.0
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    5.0
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    3.0
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    I believe that anyone starting out with mtb's should defo try the Blue trails out. Maybe do it several times to build their confidence. The Black DH could catch inexperienced riders out on the rock gardens and steep step downs.

    User Review

    Good Points
    I thoroughly enjoyed riding this trail but I've yet to conquer the black climb without getting off and walking. The Black descent is awesome and I love the technical stuff. I like the optional shortcut on the Black too.The Black climb should be reversed one week. I recently did the full DH at night. My friends say i'm insane. Also it's right on my doorstep :)
    Bad Points
    Too short. I can do the complete loop starting at the trail centre in under an hour. Burger van should be open 24/7 :)
    Would you recommend?
    Yes
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    Top Notch
    (Updated: November 12, 2013)
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    3.8
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    5.0
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    0.5
    Great trails, really can't fault them. Only complaint is that facilities are basically non existent when the visitor centre is closed (No idea of opening hours, it wasn't open on a Sunday).
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    Beware the black climb!
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    If you do the black climb, make sure you haven't left your legs at home because whether you ride or walk it, they'll be hurting after it! The climb is stupidly steep! Though puts a smile on your face when you finish it! Black descent is fast and fun with the odd techy bit thrown in. The blue can be done by most if not all and will invite you to go faster and faster each time you do it! Pretty good loop to session a few times.

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    Good Points
    Fast fun
    Bad Points
    Quite short.
    Would you recommend?
    Yes
    D
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    Blaengarw Hidden Gem
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    3.6
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    4.0
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    Amazing what can be done with a short loop.
    Blaengarw is a great fun trail which can be sessioned or linked with a longer ride
    Short sharp climbs, rewarding fast descents.
    The quarry section is a gem and in the sunshine feels like a different country
    Definitely worth a visit on its own merit you won't be disappointed

    User Review

    Good Points
    Fast
    Fun
    Varied Terrain
    Ideal bike test venue
    Can be linked to Afan trails
    Picturesque
    Bad Points
    Short
    Would you recommend?
    Yes
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