Afan Argoed – still no Penhydd replacement!
Not just me then. Utterly frustrating – I thought it would be worth taking the off-road uni to ride the new blue, but it seems there is still nothing there of an appropriate standard (the bit of blue off the new green is pathetically easy – should really be green).Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
What’s taking so long? Penhydd has been closed for several years now and I’m sure when I first looked last year the new blue was due to open in late summer last year. On the Penhydd trail page there is currently a link to this document which suggests all trails will be up and running by March 2013, so given I’m down there next week I eagerly checked again, confident that it would now be open. Yet http://www.afanforestpark.co.uk/pdf/AFPMTBTRAIL250713.pdf suggests “late winter 2013”.
Isn’t this all a bit rubbish? Why is it taking so long?Posted 4 years agojimsterMember
Penhydd was my favourite trail at Afan, could do it two or three times a day and never get bored.
Used to do Penhydd then take Mrs, who’d waited patiently for me in car with the dogs, up to Glyncorrwg cafe for Welsh Rarebit… aah happy days. 😥
Trails on the otherside of the valley were quite dull in comparison.Posted 4 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
The Penhydd was the perfect hangover trail. Many times I laboured up that first climb with the Reverend James sweating from every pore of my body. Without it, there’s just not enough to really merit a weekend at Afan these days, IMHO. Once you’ve done W2, what else is there? Not enough.Posted 4 years ago
mrmo – Member
no skyline, no penhydd, i don’t bother with Afan at all anymore. No interest in what is left
More so as from what I understand, Whites final descent has been replaced with another of Sorrell’s smooth runs and the old descent is now a climb! (I’ve yet to try the new stuff, but I’m put off by everything I’ve heard about it).Posted 4 years ago
Skyline is all still rideable if you know it or have a GPS map phone thingy.
Nothing wrong with the changes to Whites in my opinion, even tho I do miss the old descent, even that is coming back tho.
New trail Blade and Penhydd will be open end of this year apparently, probably put back coz Back On Track have been working on gethin so much.
Afan is in the middle/end of an awkward time due to the windfarm and tree disease but will come back better than it was in my opinion.Posted 4 years agoryanctjMember
From the FC website: ”Note 20/3/13: Next year Afan will be up to full compliment of trails, including the new ‘Penhydd’ and ‘Blade’ trails. This will allow the holding of mountain bike events in Afan to take place, with the minimum of disruption to regular riders.”
White’s, Wall, bike park, the unofficial stuff, and next year Skyline back, Penhydd reopened and new blade trail. I’ll take that, never get tired of riding there, no trail centre in South Wales offers more, even in it’s current decimated state. Cognation are doing quite a bit to other areas (Cwmcarn, Gethin) which probably explains the delay.
Let’s just hope Penhydd doesn’t become a bulldozed gravel track and retains some of it’s character.Posted 4 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Penhydd due to open in September, and they’ve improved the Wall with half a dozen new sections of singletrack. God forbid commercial forestry operations should interfere with their core business of MTB trails!
Blade will link Whites and Wall eliminating the fireroad slog so that W2 will be nearly all singletrack, and the forestry ops have moved up the valley towards glyncorrwg from Afan-when we were last there the ranger recommended Wall over Whites.Posted 4 years ago
Doesnt look like blade will be a new W2 link imo. The route i’ve seen is around skyline top loop area, around heartburn and joyrider which means they might put in a new W2 singletrack link.
Here’s the plan…
One of the three trails, in current state, will have to share a climb or descent unless they put in another climb/descent which looking at that map there will be branching off the bottom of joyrider on skyline.
I cant wait personally, I can ride from my house onto skyline pretty easy so this additional stuff in the skyline area is gonna be awesome for me.
Good times.Posted 4 years ago
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