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Glyncorrwg: the Trails

Skyline:

Distance: 46km

Climb: 2000m

Time: 4 – 7 hours

Overall Grade: red/difficult

This monster of a trail uses the horseshoe shape of the forest that encircles Glyncorrwg. Ensure you and your equipment is fully prepared for an epic skyline ride.

Sharing the same sheep-track ascent as White’s Level and continuing on long, forest road climbs with sweet, flowing technical singletrack descents you will be treated to stunning, skyline views of the Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and South Wales Coast.

Covering 46Km this route will test your stamina and your nerve, with technical singletrack such as sections “On The Edge” and “Excalibur”. Your reward will be out-stretched views and nerve-tingling, rocky, as well as a massive, fast, fun, singletrack descent. There are also 2 short cut loops built into the trail.

You will experience exposure at altitudes up to 600 meters, and possible extreme weather changes. Again, be prepared.

Please see the Afan Forest Park website for more information & a downloadable trail guide: More Information

W2

Distance: 44km

Climb: 975m

Time: 4 – 7hours

Overall Grade: black / severe

This is another giant of a trail at 44km, but unlike Skyline is has a watering hole halfway round.

Whether you kick-off from the Glyncorrwg Mountain bike centre or the Afan forest Park centre, the other centre is your halfway service station for food, for a drink and a well deserved break.

The trail combines “Whites Level “and “The Wall” trails (hence the name W2). A high level link connects these trails, with some fantastic views of the Afan and Neath Valleys for you to enjoy.

This trail includes two of the most demanding trails in the UK.

Start: Either Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre or Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre

Please see the Afan Forest Park website for more information & a downloadable trail guide: More Information

White’s Level

Distance: 17km

Climb: 525

Time: 1.5 – 3 hours

Overall Grade: red/difficult

This is the most technical trail of all the trails in Afan Forest Park. A 6km sheep-track climb gives you fantastic views of the Afan Valley, extreme exposure on tight singletrack sections means ultimate thrills and long, demanding descents with rocky steps to negotiate, all leading to one outrageous trail.

If this was a slalom run it would be graded black.

Please see the Afan Forest Park website for more information & a downloadable trail guide: More Information

Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre: The Trails

The Wall

Distance: 23km

Climb: 450m

Time: 1.5 – 3 hours

Overall Grade: red/difficult

This 23km trail starts from the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and offers riders some of the best singletrack descents in the UK, varying from fast, open and flowing to tight technical and gnarly, root strewn lines with a rollercoaster of a decent down to the low level family cycleway.

The trail traverses the north side of the Afan Valley and provides riders with some outstanding viewpoints, a number of historical locations and objects within the forest.

The approach to the singletrack shares a section of the low level family cycleway and the disused railway line, so please ride with consideration for the many other forest users.

Please see the Afan Forest Park website for more information & a downloadable trail guide: More Information

Penhydd Trail

Temporary closure of Penhydd mountain bike trail during forestry operations

The Penhydd mountain bike trail in Afan Forest Park, South Wales, is closing on 12 April for approximately one year whilst Forestry Commission Wales carries out tree thinning work in the area.

Plans are in the pipeline to redesign and rebuild the trail when the forestry work is completed.

The rebuilt trail is due to open in mid 2011 and will include some of the original features of the existing route.

Distance: 17km

Climb: 550m

Time: 1.5 – 3 hours

Overall grade: Red / difficult

This is a varied trail, which combines forest and road climbs with tight, technical, switchback trails through mixed woodland.

The open, flowing singletrack also crosses young plantations opening up fantastic views.

Big climbs followed by technical descents mean that this trail can be difficult and is exposed to bad weather on high ground.

Please make sure that your bike is in good working order and that you are adequately equipped.

Please see the Afan Forest Park website for more information & a downloadable trail guide: More Information

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