Quite right, it is a very good ride carpe.
Well - I'm going to ride it and will probably do a gopro vid as well - will post here in a couple of weeks!
Well - report back from the weekend in Afan and I can honestly say that it is well worth the trip.
Day 1 - 44 miles. Started with YWal climb. Then across W2 link and climbed the fireroad back to the top of the Whites Climb/Black Run start. Hit Skyline and followed - without diversions - to 'on the edge'. Then really skittish diversion back down some super rocky sections to end up at Deadwood, Peregrine Ridge and JetLag - all running well and super technical. Coffee and Cake in Skyline Cafe then Whites level climb, windy point, W2 back to yWal. Note that 323 section is closed but everything else is running super.
Day 2 - 15 miles. Whites level climb, then down windy point to Energy, which is open and running well. Goodwood and Darkside closed due to Forestry Commission Wales work on Larch Disease. Big slog up to the Black Run then slog up again to the start of Deadwood and back round the end of Skyline again.
All in all, still really super trails, still worth a visit. Saturday was warm (t-shirt weather all day) and Sunday was cold, wet and grey. Typical autumn weather in Wales really.
On the trail closures, these are not as bad as some comments have mentioned. Diversions are really clear and well marked. The local businesses really need MTB support (they don't get much from the forestry commission it would seem). The main reason for the closures is Ramorum, a pretty bad fungal disease that effects the Larch woodland in not just this part of Wales but all over the UK. 600,000 trees have been felled so far and the disease is believed to be 'under control' but it can be transferred elsewhere quite easily (think of it as a Larch tree equivalent of foot and mouth so wash your bikes!). So credit where credit is due, at least the majority of the trails are open and when you see some sections of the trails (e.g. Darkside - now to be rechristened Lightside!) the impact of removing all of the Larch is pretty alarming.
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