Garw Valley Mountain Bike Trails

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Trail Variety
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Skills Development
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Black and it means it!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
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
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
2.0
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.

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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)
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
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!
Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
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
Overall rating 
 
3.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
3.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.0
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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