- Is Afan worth a 3 hour round trip?
As above depends what you’ve got locally and what type of riding you like. For me it was 7hrs round trip. I was living in Surrey Hills so local riding is so good I don’t bother with Welsh trail centres now I only go for natural rides. I will take a trip to the new Bike Park Wales for the uplift, I doubt I’ll go back to Afan as with trees down in a lot of places it doesn’t appeal. My favourite “away trip” is Peak Disrrict which is similar 7hr round trip of driving.Posted 4 years agocreameggMember
Was talking to a guy at BPW a few months ago who’d driven from London for the day at BPW. Sounds reasonable… but he didn’t arrive until lunchtime, had no uplift booked and refused to pedal to the top. He banked at getting a space on the uplift but it was so busy after lunch that he only managed 2 runs the whole afternoon before heading home that night!
If you make a day of it its worth it, and 1.5 hrs each way isn’t that bad.Posted 4 years agodbukdbukMember
Depends on your personal definition of “worth”. I went lat weekend. Drove up Fri evening and came back Sunday afternoon. About 3.5 hrs each way plus fuel, accom, food, beer, parking etc. For me definitely worth it. Up to you to decide if it works for you. Only one way to find out……..Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
Two and a half hours each way for me, I’m not there every weekend, maybe once every 4 – 6 months as family and free time dictate…
1 One and a half hours each way? Is it “worth it”? Entirely depends on you and what you expect to get out of the day, what’s your local riding like for comparison? If it’s similar then probably not, for those of us dwelling in the flatter parts of Englandshire a trip to see some Welsh hills generally brings benefits…
Up at the crack of sparrows fart on the M4 get there good and early, ready to spend the whole day riding yeah its worth it.
BPW is maybe 25 minutes less driving but its a different sort of centre, not better or worse, just different.Posted 4 years agoashweeeMember
Seems I’m in the minority of people who think Afan isn’t all it used to be. I went over the Christmas break for the first time in over a year and really can’t see myself going back.
We rode whites level and the trail was a bit of a let down to be honest, seemed like a lot of climbing for not a lot of reward, the new final descent was ok but not great. The showers are still pretty manky and the cafe is so sterile and soulless compared to how it used to be, oh and the food was awful.
I used to really rate it but not so much now, prefer cwmcarns two trails to anything at afan.Posted 4 years agomerynellaSubscriber
The first time I did the White’s first climb without the trees it was disappointing, partly due to the absence of the familiar woods and partly due to the extreme muddiness; the next time was better, partly because the trail was drier and partly because I started enjoying the trail again despite the absence of trees. I think the ratio of ascent/descent is the same as it ever was, isn’t it?Posted 4 years agosuperfliMember
Afan is better than its ever been IMO. OK the trees are no longer there, but the Whites climb is pretty much all the same (1 small roller section replacement). Blade + Penhydd + Skyline opened up, newish bike park, a blue trail and green.Posted 4 years ago
Well worth a 3.5 hr trip up from Portsmouth 8) Daffy, looks like you had an extremely rare blue sky day!
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