Skyline – Full loop
to be honest and i go against the grain on this Skyline is by far my favorite route. Far more out there feeling. I find the other routes get far to busy, but because no one does the whole skyline you get time to yourself.
Skyline isn't that hard physically, just remember that it is a long walk if you break your bike and there aren't any pubs/shops if you get hungry/thirsty.Posted 8 years agodaveatextremistsdotcoukSubscriber
We ride Whites Level in the morning, then half the Skyline pm. The first shortcut is called the July trail. There's a second short cut if you want to go a bit further.
The full Skyline just goes on and on and on….. not all that technical in the mid section and loads of long fire road links.Posted 8 years agofaddaSubscriber
+1 for w2. The full skyline does kinda go on a bit. If you really want to do Skyline, try the July shortcut which means you then have the time/energy to do the climb all over again to do Whites level. The "Energy" section on Whites (new last year, i think) is rather nice…Posted 8 years agoTomHillSubscriber
Was there on Sat, with vague intentions of doing the full loop. Some of it was closed. That, and arriving waay later than we planned, led to Plan B. Took a shortcut (sounds like the one suggested above), eventually rejoined Whites Level, rode back up the climb and did all the WL descent. Not quite the epic we had planned, but probably a better smiles/miles ratio.
Trails are in great condition. V jealous that you'll be out tomorrow.Posted 8 years agomuggomagicSubscriber
did it once it the most horrendous conditions. it wrecked the bikes and us. the same group (minus me) went back the year after and did it in good conditions and said it was great.
if the conditions are bad stick to the shorter routes. Going back in May and hope to ride it in brilliant sunshine with a tail wind 🙂Posted 8 years agoZoolanderMember
The last descent is awesome. If it were me though I'd take the July shortcut and then use the extra time to do whites level, as it cuts out a load of fireroad and adds in some of my favourite bits of the whole of afan. Was up there last week and did the skyline( with shortcut) and there was still snow up the top , was bloody freezing up there as well so you'd do well to take more kit than you think necessary when you start! Have a good one 🙂Posted 8 years agomikey74Member
I did it a few times, the first time being on the hottest days of the year, and the second time on one of the worst days of the year, and went for a long time thinking it was a waste of time. A friend and myself went there a while ago and thought we'd give it another shot and we both really enjoyed it. There are actually some cracking sections you miss out on if you take the short cut. There are alot of fire road sections but they weren't as bad as I remembered and you can use them as an easy way to get miles under your wheels.
I agree with the other sentiments about being prepared though: Make sure your bike is in full working order and that you have enough spares, food, water, clothing etc.
Oh, and I think the last decent is the finest there.Posted 8 years agoScootashMember
Did it on Saturday. Ignored the trail diversions as I've never ridden Afan before and they looked like they were pointing completely the wrong way. (last time I followed a trail diversion was at Thetford and the diversion lead to nothing, so I ignore them now.) Got round in 5 hours.
Some excellent singletrack, some laborious doubletrack uphill into the wind,
but it is supposed to be an epic. Would happily do it again. Watch out for the snowy bit. There are also 3 spellings of Excalib[o|a|u]r.
The final descent is excellent. The ascent of 2000m is a lie by a long way, it's more like 900m.Posted 8 years agoTi29erMember
No short cuts and take an energy bar or two as it can take 3hrs (well, that's how long I took over it as I pootled for some of it with two other slower riders until the driving rain moved me on).
It can get quite exposed up there, and there is a feeling as previously noted of being "out there"
Take a camera too as the views are good and varied (it's quite unlike Whites and the Wall) & report back here with images and your take on the route!Posted 8 years agobillybouldersMember
Couldnt be @rsed to read beyond 2 or 3 answers to your post but FWIW I agree with mrmo and I reckon tomorrow be the perfect day for it if it's weather like today. True theres alot of fire road but there is some sweet ST that is alot lesser used becouse not so many people go out that far. Good ride, take your time enjoy the epic scenery. Perfect for a sunny spring day. Enjoy. 🙂Posted 8 years agoglenpMember
I really liked it too. Obviously if you go round expecting it to be something it isn't then you're going to feel let down. It is exactly what it claims to be – a nice long ride with great views and some nice singletrack mixed in. I got round on 2 litres of water, but was very much ready for a drink when we got back. Allow plenty of time because there are some nice places to stop and take in the air.Posted 8 years ago
The Skyline is by far the best trail at Afan IMO, not just up and straight back down again like the rest, that said W2 is fun.
As for supplies, common sense really, water, some proper food and some jelly babies or similar and an emergency energy gel should you bonk, but whatever you do don't go loaded up like a Sherpa you won't appreciate the extra weight. (some people I see at Afan look like they are going exploring for a fortnight)Posted 8 years agosofatesterMember
As for supplies, common sense really, water, some proper food and some jelly babies or similar and an emergency energy gel should you bonk, but whatever you do don't go loaded up like a Sherpa you won't appreciate the extra weight. (some people I see at Afan look like they are going exploring for a fortnight)
I know exactly what your talking about, seen some seriously big bags going up the sheep track. Gore-Tex jackets, "riding trousers" and the compulsory camelback HAWG bursting at the seams!
Skyline is a two bottle and a Malt loaf ride. A great ride at that, have some of you forgotten how to pedal? 😉Posted 8 years ago
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