Went riding at Afan Argoed last week. Having seen there's a new "Rookie Trail", graded green but with an extra blue loop, on my first trip there I allowed myself time after Y Wal to have a go at the blue loop on my uni. It says on the blurb "Trail surface may include small obstacles of roots and rock" - which I thought might be a problem as I'd only managed to fit in my little wheeled uni with the family holiday stuff. Warning, spoiler ahead: "may" can mean "doesn't". Was really quite disappointed with the blue trail - I reckon they should be done under trade descriptions calling it singletrack as its wide enough for 2 bikes with a smooth gravel surface which wiggles a little and has some small ups and downs at the start. Actually found it quite boring on my uni, and not really a challenge at all. I dread to think what the green "singletrack" must be like - arrow straight, dead flat tarmac?
The thing is, the blurb also suggests the blue bit might be suitable for riders looking to progress. Anybody looking to progress to one of the red trails at Afan from the blue trail is in for a bit of a shock I reckon. Surely something a bit more difficult (but somewhat easier than the existing reds) is more useful to help riders to develop rather than having to make such a huge step up in one go? Maybe something more like blue graded trails elsewhere - for example Verderers in FoD (haven't ridden the whole of that, but the bits I've ridden are more tricky than anything on Afan's blue loop).
Is there an issue with inconsistency of blue trail grading? Or is it an inconsistency with all trail grading?