The Valleys really is a mecca for Mountain Biking - our landscape just cries out to be explored - and the way that Mountain Biking is being developed means that we have routes for the young and more mature - the beginners and the high level competitors. Just put your bike on the back of the car and pick up your helmet (or hop on a train) and you can rapidly be exploring some of the UK's best routes.
Cwmcarn Forest is the destination for all you downhill adrenaline junkies. The Y Mynydd is a man-made downhill Trail that demands a high level of skill (and guts) - so suited to experieinced riders only. You’ll be challenged with loads of berms, a few switch backs, doubles, a tunnel, rock steps, the bridge, hip jump and the quarry gap. An uplift pass is available at www.cwmdown.co.uk.
Cwmcarn Forest is also home of the Twrch Trail, this is a superb 15.5km trail of the very highest quality that is not for the faint hearted. Virtually the entire route is on purpose built single-track through a mixture of broadleaf and conifer woodlands and open ridge tops with great views.
BikePark Wales – Merthyr Tydfil
Located in Merthyr Tydfil, BikePark Wales is the UK’s only purpose built bike park that has trails suitable for everyone, and has a gang to ensure that the trails are always in the very best of condition!
BikePark Wales has a network of routes that can be combined to create trails suitable for beginners through to the expert/professional riders who visit to train and test their skills. A full days trail riding for £15 (all fees go towards maintaining the trails) and you can book uplift to save your legs! Book well in advance as this park is incredibly busy www.bikeparkwales.com.
Darren Fawr Mountain Bike Trails
There are two great trails. The Blue "Glengarw" Trail, 3km long and with a 100m climb. This is the perfect appetiser for mountain biking in the Gawr Valley. Suitable for riders with intermediate bike skills. The winding single-track together with beautifully crafted berms offers lots of fun and exhilaration.
Then there is the Black "Gellideg" Trail, 3.2km long and with a 200m leg and lung burning climb coupled with one of the most varied and thrilling descents. Check the website for maps and details.
Garwnant Visitor Centre, Merthyr Tydfil
The two short trails here are aimed at junior riders. One is graded green and is aimed at first-time mountain bikers while the blue-graded trail was designed to improve riding skills. There is also a skills park with child-friendly obstacles to improve riding technique and build confidence. Garwnant Visitor Centre.
Visit www.cognation.co.uk for more information on Mountain Biking.