We did the new Blade route a few weekends ago.
It has only been open for a couple of months but is already starting to see some evidence of decay but all in was a great trail.
Nice singletrack climb followed by some really good sections.
One of the best trail centre routes I have ridden in a while!
W2 starting from the Afan end. Quick pitstop at Glyncorrwg and the up the big climb. If you are REALLY lucky, your rear mech will explode at the very top, so you get to enjoy a chainless rapid descent (using the Skyline trail) back to the bike shop @ Glyncorrwg before heading back up the climb again and then working your way back to Afan.
If you still have energy and time after that, a quick lap of Penhydd will finish you off nicely.
The advantage of this routing is that the nasty climbing doesn’t kick into until you are nicely warmed up.
Did W2 starting from Glyncorwg and then attempted to do Blade, several diversions in place so I reckon I missed some sections as I think it took me less than an hour.
Not sure of the section you are referring to, I thought it was all in pretty good condition, some standing water / big puddles but very few muddy sections the worst was on the link section on W2.
Blade descent is pretty good, enjoyed it, but definitely hard work on a scott scale with the saddle up! Ended up puncturing about 40metres from the gate so chose to pick the bike up and run for the strava segment, 27th out of 450 or so is pretty good considering 🙂
I was keen to have a go at penhydd but my mate had split his tyre so time to head home.
Definitely worth the 6 hour drive. I used to visit annually but didn’t bother last year, reckon I will do my best to get another visit in this year.