Afan Forest Park (South Wales) from Cardiff – Train to Trail
Includes a very steep uphill segment
You may need to push your bike.
63 yd in total
Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Mountain Biking Highlight
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
April 2, 2020
A mecca of South Wales mountain biking, the Afan Valley hosts no less than two trail centres, both with a cracking range of carefully crafted trails that cater to all abilities, as well as a network of fire roads and natural trails.Although Swansea is closer to Afan, I’ve proposed a route from the major city of Cardiff, where you’ll enjoy some marvellous hilltop gravel roads on the way and perhaps a little less time on the train! Start from the central train station in Cardiff on the 40 mile (63.9 km) route, following the well-marked Taff Trail out of the city heading north alongside the River Taff. Continue to follow this to Pontypridd, where you’ll leave the flat behind to ride straight up a steep street out of the village and follow the lane to the gravel roads that cut across St Gwynno Forest. After crossing the Maerdy Road, carry on along gravel fire roads past the wind turbines and the beautiful blue waters of Lluest-Wen Reservoir, over the Rhigos Road and into the Afan Valley from the north. Pass Glyncorrwg village and the first trail centre as you ride south. Here you’ll find an excellent cafe and bike shop, plus two red trails and a black trail (more information here afanforestpark.co.uk/1870). You’ll finish at the Afan Forest Park, where you’ll find another bike shop, hire centre and cafe. The trails here range from green (family trail) to black (expert) so there’s something for everyone (more information here afanforestpark.co.uk/1869).If you’re looking to stay the night after your ride to spend the next day on the trails, there are a few good campsites and guesthouses locally to choose from in the valley.