Afan Forest

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Afan Forest: The Forest Park is in the Afan Valley, one of the narrowest and most beautiful valleys in South Wales. It is a large forest with excellent opportunities for recreation, with many cycle trails and footpaths. There are family cycling routes along disused railway lines, and 4 mountain bike routes through the forest. There are also many public footpaths and waymarked walking routes and a Barbeque area.

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Bike Trail

Twisty, rooty, rocky and in places wildly exposed, the singletrack in Afan Forest Park is the enthusiasts dream. The trails here have been carved out of hillsides once scarred by coal mining, but now the valley has been transformed into singletrack heaven.
Afan Forest Park is home to 5 world class trails, the ‘Penhydd’, ‘Y Wal’, ‘Skyline’, ‘White’s Level’ and 'W²', boasting over 100 km of singletrack heaven.

Penhydd
Distance: 16Km
Climb: 550m
Time: 1-3 hours
Overall grade: red/difficult

This is a varied trail, which combines forest and road climbs with tight, technical, switchback trails through mixed woodland. The open, flowing singletrack also crosses young plantations opening up fantastic views. Big climbs followed by technical descents mean that this trail can be difficult and is exposed to bad weather on high ground. Please make sure that your bike is in good working order and that you are adequately equipped.


Y Wal
Distance: 23Km
Climb: 450m
Time: 1.5 - 3 hours
Overall grade: red/difficult

Some of the best singletrack descents in the UK, the trail essentially traverses the North side of the Afan Valley on singletrack, varying from fast, open and flowing to tight, technical and rooty. Great views of the valley and coastline open out at different points, and in places the steep-sided slopes can feel exposed. The approach to the singletrack shares a section of the lower level family cycleway and the disused railway line, so please ride with consideration for the many other forest users.

Skyline
Distance: 46km
Climb: 2000m
Time: 5 - 7 hours
Overall grade: red/difficult

The trail starts at Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre.
Skyline is a giant of a ride. Ensure you and your equipment are fully prepared for an epic skyline ride.
Sharing the same sheep-track ascent as White’s Level and continuing on long, forest road climbs with sweet, flowing technical singletrack descents you will be treated to stunning skyline views of Brecon Beacons, the Preselis, the Black Mountains and the South Wales coast. This route will test your stamina and your nerve, with technical singletrack such as the ‘On the Edge’ and ‘Excalibur’ sections. Your reward will be out-stretched views and a nerve-tingling, rocky, 6km singletrack descent back into Glyncorrwg. There are also 2 short cut loops built into the trail.

White's Level
Distance: 15km
Climb: 400m
Time: 1.5 - 3 hours
Overall grade: red/difficult

The trail starts at Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre.
This is the most technical of all the trails in Afan Forest Park and is 90% purpose built singletrack.
A 6km sheep track climb gives fantastic views of Afan Forest Park, extreme exposure on tight singletrack means ultimate thrills and long, demanding descents with rocky steps to negotiate, all leading to one outrageous trail. If you are up for it try out the optional new Black Run, graded black/severe!


Distance: 44km
Climb: 975m
Time: 4 – 7 hours
Overall grade: black/severe

This another giant of a trail for Afan Forest Part at 44km, but unlike the Skyline it has a watering hole halfway round. Whether you kick – off from Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre of Glyncorrwg Mountain Bike Centre, the other centre is your halfway service station for food, drink and a well deserved break.
The trail combines Afan’s existing ‘Y Wal’ and ‘White’s Level’ trails (hence the name W²). A high level link connects these trails, with some fantastic views of both the Afan and Neath Valleys for you to enjoy. The trail includes two of the most demanding descents in the UK.

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Situated approximately 6 km north of Port Talbot on the A 4107. Follow signs to Afan Forest Park.

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