New trails at Cwmcarn?
Cwmdown just posted this on facebook
OK, the new DH and XC trails are pretty much finished. I’m guessing they might be opening some time in Feb, but I’ve not had any official updates from NRW (FC) yet. Meeting Bob the ranger tomorrow so will hopefully be able to update you after that. I’m not sure yet what the plan is with regards to uplifting the new DH track, as it’s on the other hill. So currently we cannot uplift both tracks at the same time. I’ll give you some more info as I get it. Darrell.
Posted 4 years agosideshowMember
All sounds exciting. I have been wondering what the hell they’re going to do for uplifts.
If you’re wondering why they didn’t build a second DH on the same hill as the first one, … somebody should have asked that question several years ago when they built Y Mynydd! But as it stands afaik the new DH is a revamp of the original Cwmcarn one, which has always been hidden away in the woods opposite the uplifted Y Mynydd DH. Hence the decision to focus on that now as I’d guess it’s a lot less work than cutting a completely new line opposite.Posted 4 years ago
If you’re wondering why they didn’t build a second DH on the same hill as the first one, … somebody should have asked that question several years ago when they built Y Mynydd
It was a question of land ownership. The old Pedalhounds DH was never officially sanctioned. Obviously a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to get these new trails built. Well done to all concerned I say.Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
Shouldn’t you at least ride it before slagging off months of work and years of planning?
Just saying like
There has been a trend IMO recently to make trail centres in general little more than glorified bmx tracks. Personnally I have no interest in that kind of trail, hence the question. I don’t give a **** if they spend £10M and 20 years planning and building it, if it is smooth as tarmac with big berms, jumps and boardwalks. I accept that others may want to ride that sort of trail but I don’t.
The question remains, when someone says it is very different to the twyrch, does this mean very smooth, very rocky, when it climbs does it do so in a easy undemanding and uninteresting way. Just trying to get an idea of whether it is worth my time even bothering visiting.
Rowanish, new word, Is the new trail Rowanish?Posted 4 years ago
I think these rowanish trails have the advantage of being very hardwearing, big berms and boardwalk, stand up well to heavy use throughout the year, resist braking bumps etc
the more natural stuff tends to get chewed up quickly and not handle the large visitor numbers you see at trailcentres
if thats not yer bag you can always dig out the os map and hit up some bridlewaysPosted 4 years ago
@ KimbersPosted 4 years ago
those photos look great.
less of a manicured trail.
Hope there is a solid base under it else the braking brigade will **** it all up.
i’ll go soon once open to ride it as it was intended and not with nobber braking bumps in it.
you got the FB linky please?DanWMember
Really excited to see the new trails- looks like a lot of hard work has gone in to the area.
Hope the XC trail isn’t too much like the new bits of the Penhydd at Afan
I kind of agree. For some reason Afan doesn’t do much for me. I guess the area has had a tough time keeping the trails properly open recently but I much prefer Cwm Carn. Rougher and more natural with a properly engaging climb is just the ticket 😀 That being said I haven’t made it to Cwm Carn for a year now so the latest state of Twrch may not live up to my memories since the slight reworking. Nevertheless, exciting to head back and see how the trails are looking 😀Posted 4 years ago
The new Cognation project funded XC and DH trails at Cwmcarn will be open to ride from Wed 19th Feb. Cwmcarn’s new Downhill Track follows the line of the old club built trail down a steep side valley in the forest. Access is via the Cafall XC trail or you can use the onsite uplift service. This trail start off with a handmade rooty section through the trees and soon picks up speed as it flows in and out of the wooded sections. There are plenty of drops and technical lines with lots of roots, rock and stumps so keep an eye out for them and make sure you know what’s on the other side before ‘sending’ any of the features. The trail finishes off with a steep and fast jumps section before arriving back at the uplift pick up point. Body armour and full face helmets are strongly advised for this Extreme graded Downhill trail.
Incase you missed it, opening on Wednesday 19th Feb. (please note, the uplift might not be running to the new DH track on this date as we need to sort a few drainage problems on the uplift route before we start, so please check back for updates).
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The new Cognation project funded XC and DH trails at Cwmcarn will be open to ride from Wed 19th Feb. Climbing up to altitudes over 400 metres the new XC trail called ‘Cafall’ (after King Arthurs lead hunting hound that chased the wild boar ‘Twrch’) the trail gives you a real sense of adventure. With some tough climbs and tight hand built singletrack sections combined with some fantastic technical descents it’s defiantly for those with more experience. However you will be rewarded with some amazing riding and views of the surrounding area on this trail that will take you out in to some of the more remote areas of Cwmcarn Forest Park. Make sure you are self sufficient and expect weather changes on this technical (Red grade) trail.
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