- South Wales Night Riding – Trail Suggestions?
I recently got back into mountain biking and I’ve found that the only way I’m going to be able to get any riding in this winter is if I switch to riding at night / evenings as my weekends are screwed.
Are there any recommended places to go in South Wales for night riding? I did Derwen last week and enjoyed that, but it’s a bit far to be driving to do it regularly… unless I want to get another job to pay for more petrol!
Ideally I’d rather not do the super technical stuff at night, so blacks are pretty much out, but I should be Ok for anything else as long as they’re not too hardcore.
I’m thinking of trying some of the Afan stuff as well as Twrch Trail at Cwmcarn and I’d welcome any other suggestions.Posted 6 years agocoatesyMember
We generally ride the same trails that we use in daylight.I’m always a bit concerned about leaving vehicles in trail centre car parks at night, having heard plenty of stories of break-ins at Cwmcarn and Glyncorrwg. Not sure where you’r from, but Cardiff has quite an active scene in the surrounding hills(if you can put up with passing numerous doggers)if you’re prepared to search out some of the organised groups.Posted 6 years agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
If you’re in Cardiff, there was a group of people, frequenters of the Bike Shed, that rode every Wednesday night that would meet at the Lewis Arms. They were a very friendly and welcoming bunch. You might try popping ’round there and asking if the Wednesday Night Ride still goes.Posted 6 years agoTwinMember
If you’re looking for a ride in the Blackwood/Cwmcarn/Caerphilly area, get in touch with halfwayupmtb(.com), a local club. There are groups out most evenings through the week and would be happy for you to join them. Cwmcarn is a pretty safe bet, It’s fairly busy in the evenings as long as you don’t start too late so you won’t be completely alone. Use the visitor centre car park (the tarmac one), you won’t need to pay after 5.30 and you won’t get locked in. There’s also street lighting there for security, you hear all sorts of horror stories on here about thefts etc but I’ve been using the place for ten years and never had/never heard of any problems.Posted 6 years ago
Cheers. To be honest I’ve avoided clubs so far because, well, I’m a bit crap. As for location, pretty much anywhere from the Severn Bridge to Brecon to Neath is probably fine. Much further out and it’ll take too long and cost too much.
Muddybum bikes is my local shop and I know they started doing a Thursday night ride but I’ve not had a chance to try it out yet. Apparently Castell Coch is pretty good for cheeky trails but it gets busy on the weekends and I’ve been avoiding picking my way down what could very well be flat out DH sections. 😀
Also, dogger amusement sounds like a bonus. \o/Posted 6 years agodavid jeyMember
Muddybum bikes is my local shop
Assume you are Rhiwbina/N Cardiff then? No need to get in the car, all the night riding you need is on your doorstep! Throw a brick outside the Lewis Arms in Tongwynlais on any weeknight and you’ll hit a group of MTBers 😉
I’m out once or twice a week on the MTB and happy to show you round – I ride with Ajax and there’s a bunch of us meet (ir)regularly in the week. Don’t worry about crap, that ride is very mixed ability (and features roadies learning to ride offroad, in the dark, with predictable results). Drop me an email (in profile) if you like.Posted 6 years ago
Wed night from the Lewis in Tongwynlais is still going, 7.30pm usually or a little after. It can go through erratic phases though, if you want to be sure pop into the Bike Shed and get a phone number from one of the regulars. *Loads* of trails in the area. Don’t worry about ability, group standards vary from week to week and that’s the nature of it – sometimes quite a hardcore ride – other times not at all.Posted 6 years agowookieMember
We ride local to Cardiff most Tuesday nights for a couple of hours and your welcome to join us. Pace is set at the slowest rider (within reason) and is pretty relaxed.
The rides are posted on http://www.halfwayupmtb.co.uk but you don’t have to be a member to come along (obviously welcome to join the club as well though).
Next ride is posted for Tuesday night (12th Nov).
A minimum level of fitness and ability would be preferred for this ride. If you are a novice and would like to join us let me know. Im more than happy to post a separate ride (evenings and weekends) to cater for different groups.
If you have any questions feel free to ask here or send me a PM via the HWU website.
StevePosted 6 years ago
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