- afan this weekend – which trails?
Off to Afan this weekend for a very rare biking weekend. I reckon it’s been 4 years since i’ve been to Afan. Since i’ve been there it looks like there’s a new trail called Blade and a new bike park?
We’re staying at Bryn Bettws which i’m told is right by the bike park.
A friend of mine thought the blade trail wasn’t bothering with. Nothing in the way of good descents? What does everyone else think?Posted 3 years agokiksyMember
I did W2 and Blade last Sunday. Hadn’t done Blade for a little while, its longer than Whites or YWall, but not quite as long/as much climbing as doing the full W2.
on Blade, Ghosttrain is probably my favourite trail at Afan, very natural and interesting closely followed by the complete Rock/Happy Life descent which is a full on blast with some drops and rocky sections.
Blade uses the same initial climb as Whites,Posted 3 years agoJackHammerMember
Blade is the best trail there in my opinion, but it’s absolutely brutal. The singletrack through the woods is immense and the final rocky descent is awesome. I havent done it on a hardtail yet and my mate who has wont do it again on a HT.
I did W2 last weekend on a hardtail, my back is still aching today haha, still a brilliant day out. Stopped at the Glyncorwg cafe for a sarnie before doing the second half.
Penhydd is ok, much more fun on a hardtail than it was on my 150mm full suss. Definitely worth doing if you have some energy left or as a warm up if you’re mega fit.Posted 3 years agobgascoyneMember
interested in this topic…haven’t been to Afan for quite a few years (4 years) since my last disappointing trip there. used to love skyline but most of it was destroyed by the forestry work and they put in place some temp rubbish fire road route which was just crap. Sounds like it is much improved since then and might be worth a revisit. Can anyone who used to ride there years ago give some comparison – now vs say 5 years ago?Posted 3 years agorob8624Member
It’s better, the trails are aging well, Whites/YWal feel almost natural in a way. Penhydd isn’t as good, apart from Dead Sheep/Sidewinder, but it is an excellent trail for beginners. Blade is a tad longer with a bit more climbing than the others, feels more XC to me apart from the final decent.
I’ve ridden there for years and tend to just ride the best bits, it’s easy to do if you can read a map hehe! For example, park at Rhysylyn and take the first fire road upto the skills park, session that, then you can just ride over to whites and do black run/windy point, then come back and do 373/graveyard the Zig Zags.Posted 3 years agoP-JayMember
I’ve never really gelled with the new Penhydd, the old one was one of my favorite trails and even though a lot of it is still there it’s lost it’s shine, the trees going hasn’t helped, it’s got good parts, but a lot of it now doesn’t flow – the trails are almost all rock now without the trees to hold the soil in place and it’s frustrating because the trails are very open so you want to pile on lots of speed but the surface holds you back, if it was more technical than it would be great, but it just feels like I’m going too slowly between the turns now whilst my hands get battered like I’m riding the bumps on The Pleney.
Best way to ride Penhydd now IMO is ride to the top, desolation, Not so hidden Valley, then a quick shuffty along the fire road and down Blue Scar, it’s another low-tech trail as it’s a blue, but you can pile on loads of speed and then it’s great fun. I do miss dead sheep gully though, but it’s not enough to tempt me to ride the last section of bore-rock-slow.Posted 3 years agoKryton57Subscriber
Ah too late – but I hope you enjoyed the amazing sunny weekend – tan lines restored!
It’s was good, Calfail at Cwmcarn Friday afternoon, W2 with Penydd in the middle Saturday, and Blade Sunday. I have to say the middle trail on Blade (forget the name) was a slushy eroded mess but other than that lots of good riding was had.Posted 3 years ago
Wow.. what a weekend. Felt like I was in the alps! Definitely recommend staying at brynn Bettws cabins. It’s right next the wall trail, the bike park and 4x track.
My mate brought his new bike – a santa cruz hightower in 29er mode. He was beasted after the morning so lent it to me to hit whites level in the afternoon. All i can say is Wow.. what an amazing bike. I was flying.
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