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Afan Forest Park

South Wales |

About

Afan offers a mountain biking experience second to none. Afan has it all from flowing singletrack threading through the forest to more exposed trails on wide open hills with amazing view and even a Bike Park.

Natural Resources Wales’ Afan Forest Park is the fastest growing mountain bike area in Britain and located only minutes from the M4 it’s perfect for those wanting to reach a variety of fantastic riding without the hassle of long journeys. With 6 superb flowing trails ranging from 7km to over 40km and a Bike Park there is more all weather singletrack than any other MBWales centre – you simply have to check it out!

The mountain bike trails here total over 130km and are supported by a continual programme of trail maintenance and development.

Y Wal trail is a swooping 24km mainly singletrack loop with epic views and breathtaking descents to keep your heart pumping all the way round. Watch out for The Graveyard section and hang on for the searingly fast final descent.

The White’s Level Trail is the most technical of all the trails at Afan Forest Park. Starting with a challenging singletrack climb, this 90% purpose built, all weather singletrack route then flows into a true trail roller coaster. An adrenalin pumping mix of rock drops, step sections, berms and cliff traverses – plus an optional black run descent section for the most skillfull riders – creates an outrageous 17km loop.

If you want to add some more distance to your ride you can also add in the top loop of the old ‘Skyline’ trail with some fantastic high (600m) & remote singletrack sections. Make sure you are properly equipped as this loop takes you to remote area with changeable weather conditions.

W2 links the Y Wal and White’s Level trails with a high level linking route to make a 44km epic. It mixes stunning views into the surrounding valleys and hills with some of the most demanding descents and singletrack sections in the UK for a total MTB challenge. It can be started from either Afan Forest Park or Glyncorrwg visitor centres too, with the other centre providing a welcome halfway watering hole en route.

Facilities

The forest park has two centres. The  Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre with the Afan Valley Bike Shed shop and revamped Trailhead Cafe and the Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre at the top of the valley complete with Skyline Cycles Shop and the Skyline Cafe which is fully licenced.

Afan visitor centre opening hours

  • April to September: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 5.00pm (6pm on weekends and Bank Holidays)
  • October to March: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm (5pm on weekends and Bank Holidays)

Contact Info

For up to date trail information call either Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre: Tel: 01639 850564 or  Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre: Tel: 01639 851900

Bob looks after the trails at Afan Forest Park. He’s the Natural Resource Wales mountain bike ranger for the South and you can follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/MTBRangersouth

Getting Here

From North and Midlands
Take M5 south to M50. Take M50 to Ross on Wye, A40 past Monmouth to A449 to M4 and head west. Take Junction 40 off the M4 and head north on A4107 to Afan Forest Park. Follow the brown tourist signs to Afan Forest Park.

For Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre continue 3 miles to Cymmer and turn sharp left down to Glyncorrwg, then look out for the Glyncorrwg Ponds sign on the left.

From South and London
Take M4 /M5 over Severn Bridge into Wales (don’t forget toll money). Follow M4 west past Cardiff and Bridgend. Take Junction 40 off the M4 and head north on A4107 to Afan Forest Park. Follow the brown tourist signs to Afan Forest Park.

For Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre continue 3 miles to Cymmer and turn sharp left down to Glyncorrwg, then look out for the Glyncorrwg Ponds sign on the left.

The nearest railway station is Port Talbot, 12 miles away. For rail details call 08457 484950

For Sat Nav/GPS/Mapping Services use: SA13 3HG
Use: Port Talbot Town Centre, South Wales

 

 

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Our Trails

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Afan Bike Park

The Extreme graded Bike Park is suitable for more advanced riders.
The Extreme graded Bike Park is suitable for more advanced riders.
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Blade Trail

The Blade trail opened in 2014 and is a fantastic addition to the Afan Forest Park trail n ...
The Blade trail opened in 2014 and is a fantastic addition to the Afan Forest Park trail network. With lots of grea ...
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Blue Scar

Taking its name from the mining history of the valley it sits in, the Blue Scar Moderate g ...
Taking its name from the mining history of the valley it sits in, the Blue Scar Moderate graded trail is designed a ...
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Penhydd

This ‘classic’ South Wales trail is designed to be a progression to the more demanding Afa ...
This ‘classic’ South Wales trail is designed to be a progression to the more demanding Afan trails but still keepin ...
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Rheilffordd

This gentle trail follows the wide, flat route of an old railway track that once carried p ...
This gentle trail follows the wide, flat route of an old railway track that once carried passengers and coal the le ...
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FAMILY

Rookie

A winding and meandering trail for children, families and newcomers to mountain biking. A ...
A winding and meandering trail for children, families and newcomers to mountain biking. A chance to build and devel ...
The Wall mountain biking trail
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The Wall

Some of the best singletrack descents in the UK, this 20km trail essentially traverses the ...
Some of the best singletrack descents in the UK, this 20km trail essentially traverses the North side of the Afan V ...
W2
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W2

This is another giant of a trail for Afan Forest Park at 39km, but unlike Skyline it has w ...
This is another giant of a trail for Afan Forest Park at 39km, but unlike Skyline it has watering holes halfway aro ...
Whiteslevel
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White’s Level

This 15.2km trail is the most technical of all in Afan Forest Park and is 90% purpose-buil ...
This 15.2km trail is the most technical of all in Afan Forest Park and is 90% purpose-built singletrack.