Cwm Carn – new trail latest ?
The last I heard re the new Cwm Carn trail was it would be open this Wednesday (19th)- is this still the case or has the weather set things back a bit ?
Assuming it will open how will I get to the new (XC) trail ? I assume there will be a entrance/signs somewhere near the café ?Posted 4 years agothewalkerMember
the new xc is definatly one for the climbs, not has many roots and stones as twrch or up and down its all up right to the top,real nice climb.marker posts going in today,and like loco said from carpark go up first part of twrch wen you get to the road go left instead of straight at barrierPosted 4 years agodan45aMember
I had a go yesterday, didn’t ride the new xc climbs but made my way up the forestry road to the top. New dh is really good, nice and natural to start with some nice drops cut in. Then opens out into a bike park Wales style trail. Not quite as steep or tech as the original dh run bit really good fun. Spits you out just before the toll booth, just right for a pedal directly up to the original dh. Great 10 mile loop. Can’t wait to go back.Posted 4 years agoSpecial_ized_JamieMember
Rode the whole loop yesterday, it’s a b*tch of a climb in places but rewarding. Lots a little short sharp steep bits and the downhill is a long way into the ride. Few sections had some trees blown over the trail but I someone had been up there cutting them up so suspect by the official open day these will all be gone. Nice to have another trail there and can be looped into the original easily to create a longer loop.
Very muddy in places near the top which won’t be fixed in the next few days, high rollers were deffo not the tire of choicePosted 4 years agojonundercoverMember
I rode it on the weekend after being told its finished apart from the signage. Climb is well designed as its not too steep, its fairly gradual but long. The top section is very muddy, I’m sure they’ll sort this out at some point. The rest of the descents are great, the last one is brilliant! Super fast and flowing through deciduous trees not horrible dark dingy pine trees. I will probably do an uplift day just so I can session the whole descent all day long.Posted 4 years agogreebleMember
Glad I rode it today and not after the masses on the weekend. Parts are pretty muddy the weekenders will tear it up. Fantastic trail! It properly feels like you’re on the middle of nowhere and hill has been used to its best. Oh and watch out for ian Watkins hideout in the treesPosted 4 years agoadshSubscriber
Ummm what would it be like in the pissing rain and high winds tomorrow? I’ve been trying to get to Wales for a sodding year (don’t get much time except winter) and everytime I have a day available the weather is sodding awful.
I don’t particularly mind discomfort but if there’s acres of wet rock I’ll pass.Posted 4 years agodavid jeyMember
Been round today. Very different to Twrch – a lot smoother for the most part, although give it a year and it will have eroded in places to show some rock. Descents a bit techier as well, definitely a few pretty steep drops or swirchbacks that needed some commitment!
It is however, for the most part VERY muddy at the moment. I suspect (hope) this is a characteristic of it being new/not bedded in in the middle of a very wet winter. When it dries out it will be incredibly quick surface for the most part, but thats not going to be for a while…Posted 4 years agoboxxer7Member
Rode it today, was very busy a lot of people pushing! It was hard going, can’t say I was all that impressed tbh I did enjoy one bit it was heavily rutted and very wet going downhill, reminded me of an old Skool DH trail.
Seemed a lot of going up and when it did point downhill there always seemed to be a fence to navigate. Definitely a marmite thing.
Rode Y mynndd and twrch afterwards and both were very quiet.Posted 4 years agob45herMember
Also rode it again today, for the second and probably last time, it’s just not worth the 30 minute drive to get there, I have no idea how they managed to make a loop with so much climbing have such terrible descents, think my bike spent more time being lifted through gates than it did going along the “Descent”Posted 4 years agowelshfarmerSubscriber
Also rode it today. I agree the gates seem a major feature and really detract from what could be some corking descents. As it is nothing flows as you have to stop every couple of minutes to lift you bike through. I hope it will dry out in the summer as it has the potential to be a good loop. I think I must have fallen off no less than 3 or 4 times negotiating the sharp corners on the climbs. One of the disadvantages of clips on mud I guess. The ones on the descents were sharp but could be ridden OK.Posted 4 years ago
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