Wales has established itself as one of the best mountain bike destinations in Europe. From scenic natural trails and flowing single track to purpose-built bike parks and downhill tracks, it really does have something for all.
But travelling to Wales has been put on hold because of COVID-19. Wales is taking a cautious approach towards the pandemic - visit wales later became a popular hash tag. Things may be easing up in mid July.
But as we said before: “this virus can postpone our holiday bookings, but it cannot stop our mountain bike travel dreams and plans”.
To help you plan your next MTB trip and find out more about what’s on offer, GMTBIKING has picked out 7 of the best mountain bike spots to discover in South Wales. We have chosen a variety of scenic natural trails, which you can ride with most bikes – gravel bikes, cross country, full suspension, followed by our selection of bike trail centres.
The most scenic coastal trail in the country
1. The Gower Peninsula and Swansea Bay
Famous for its wonderful white sandy beaches and a clear blue sea, the Gower Peninsula is the perfect place to start mountain biking in natural trails. Gower has a great network of bridleways, offering a variety of dirt roads and single tracks ideal for gravel and cross-country bikes. Some of the steep rocky descents won’t disappoint riders on full suspensions.
Swansea or Abertawe in Welsh, lies within the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan and the ancient Welsh commote of Gŵyr. If this sounds like lord of the rings language, it is because some of Tolkien’s invented languages are Welsh based. The landscape is also very Tolkien. The trails can be challenging. If you are into enduro, then this is for you.
Valleys and mountains that inspire
2. Black Mountain
Such an iconic name, but often confused with the Black Mountains. The Black Mountain forms the western high ground of the Brecon Beacons National Park. This mountain feels more remote and is way less busy than its eastern sister - the Black Mountains. Riding in this western side of Brecon is superb with its rocky descents leading to breath-taking valleys.
GMTBIKING offers guided rides during the drier months to the unique Black Mountain.
3. Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons National Park include South Wales' highest mountain - Pen y Fan. To the east you can ride on the Black Mountains to the west you can ride on the similarly named but quite distinct Black Mountain. Wherever you go there is plenty of natural bike trails to keep everyone entertained.
GMTBIKING offers guided rides during the drier months to Brecon Beacons
4. Afan Forest and Neath Valleys
The Afan valley has a variety of natural trails beyond the famous Afan forest bike centre. You can explore roman roads in Neath valley, dirt tracks, and cycle along old mines.
GMTBIKING offer guided day tours the to the Afan and Neath valleys and we can mix and match with the Afan Forest Bike Park
BIKE TRAIL CENTRES
5. Brechfa Trail Centre
Brechfa is located in South Wales, Camarthenshire and is home to 3 fantastic mountain bike trails that guarantee a smile to all riders from beginner to more experienced!
With trails ranging from the Blue graded Derwen trail that provides an excellent introduction to riding at Brechfa onto the red graded Gorlech trail with big climbs but amazing descents. The Raven trail designed and built by the man behind Bikepark Wales, Rowan Sorrell is graded black and certainly not one to miss!
What we like the most in Brechfa:
The forest is magical and provides incredible shots.
6. Afan Forest Bike Park
Afan Argoed Country Park was named in the top ten places in the world to "ride before you die" by What Mountain Bike Magazine. Other destinations named included Whistler, Canada. They say so, but we know it is so. Afan Forest Trail Centre is home to over 100km of world class singletrack mtb trails spread throughout the forest with something for almost every rider!
What we like the most in Afan:
Well... it is on the top ten list so we will only add that 100 km of trails on two sides of a valley allows an incredible variety of options ideal to mix and match
7. Cwmcarn Mountain Bike trail Centre
Cwmcarn Mountain Bike centre consists of four main trails, the Twrch Red XC, the Cafall Red XC, the Y Mynydd DH track, Pedalhounds DH track and a pumptrack.
What we like the most about Cwmcarn:
The single tracks - virtually the entire route is on purpose built single-track through a mixture of broad-leaf and conifer woodlands and open ridge tops.
We can mix and match natural trails with bike centres get in touch to learn more