CwmCarn, is the new trail still really muddy?
I’ve a meeting in Taunton on Thursday and was contemplating taking the bike for a quick blast on the way home
First thoughts was a spin round Ashton Court and the woods opposite in Bristol, but I’ve done that before and getting in and particularly out of Bristol (to the north) may be a PITA
Then I remembered the new trails at CwmCarn
It would mean a bit of a diversion but I can easily get back up to the M50 and north from there (with the advantage of avoiding M5 past Cheltenham) – home is Derbyshire
Reading up though seems it took a hammering opening during the bad weather, so has it dried out any, and is it worth it?
I’ve done the older XC trail (Twych?), thought it ok but wasn’t fussed by the rooty climb (don’t mind climbing just found the roots a drag)
As I’m on my own and will have driven 3.5hours, sat through a few hours of meeting as and have a 3 hour drive back I’d like something I don’t really have to think about to much (no self navigation) but wakes me up a little!
Also done FoD before, nothing wrong with it but not keen on returning there on this occasion
Anywhere else along that M5 corridor worth exploring?
Have option to take full suss, or (preferred) OnOne hardtailPosted 4 years agostugusMember
People have been riding the new DH trail but not sure if its officially open yet – no up lift till June I was told.
Obviously the old dh is open and has the usual uplift, its also been tweeked a little – lots of the lips have been re – shaped.
I’d say the new xc course is well worth the visit – even with the mud.Posted 3 years agoLoCoMember
New DH still not open, rode it a few weeks ago with the project enduro guys to test the track for the 4 wheeled bike, allowed by the Forestry!
Track is pretty good and not too technical with the biggest features being a few 2 foot ish drops, very fast in places and is going to get techy er as it wear with bigger rocks and roots coming through.
The Mud on the new XC, seems to be just in the very top section the climb being a bit slippy and downhill section being rather good fun a speed with you being crossed up a sliding, not really that bad tbh even when it was wet when it first opened.Posted 3 years ago
I think alot of people are used to standard trail centre dry in all weathers trails, so get a bit of a shock when they find mud on this trail that has been designed to be a bit more natural.nickjbSubscriber
If you do want to ride Ashton Court just pop in and out at the Gordano Services exit from the M5, takes 5-10 minutes. You can do the Twrch without the rooty climb if you like, the road snakes along side the trail so you can miss sections or pretty much the whole climb. Quantocks are good but do take a little navigation and might be a bit near the start of your journey.Posted 3 years agoLoCoMember
2 foot drops on a new DH trail- last go at an April 1st joke?
If that, just mentioning the features that are unaviodable so people know, the upper middle open section ridden quickly will not dissapoint 😉
The whole point of a trail ctr is its weather proof and not natural !
You’d have to ask the designer/builder about that, it is a very good trail and nice to have something a bit different.
The new XC is harder than the old xc too and probably a bit more technical is places so may not be for the OP if he doesn’t like that, but give it a go and see what you think.Posted 3 years ago
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