Mountain Biking in Afan Forest Park

Mountain Biking in Afan Forest Park

Adrenaline junkies, this part of the website is for you! At Afan Forest Park you can reconnect with your bike and disconnect from everything else.

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 surrounded by coal mining, but now the valley has been transformed into a bikers heaven.

Afan Forest Park is home to 5 world class trails, the ‘Penhydd’, ‘Y Wâl’, ‘Skyline’, ‘White’s Level’ and '', boasting over 100 km of singletrack trails.  There's also the Afan Bike Park (launched in 2013) allowing riders to improve their riding skill and have hours of winding, swerving fun with berms and jumps.

Afan Forest Park was the only UK trail destination to feature in the ‘What Mountain Bike Magazine’ as one of the ten best places to ride “before you die”. In 2008 it was also voted one of the top ten public forests in the UK by the Sunday Telegraph.

Trails start from either the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre or Glyncorrwg Visitor Centre, both great locations to set off from.  Afan Bike Park is based next to Bryn Bettws Lodge.

For specific information on mountain bike trail diversions currently in place in Afan Forest Park visit the trail information section

Personal Safety

  • Ride within your ability.
     
  • Ensure your bike is safe to ride and be prepared for all emergencies.
     
  • Always carry some sort of identification.
     
  • Always tell someone where you are going.
     
  • Reflective materials on your clothing of bike can save your life.
     
  • ALWAYS wear a helmet.
     
  • Particular care should be taken on unstable or wet surfaces.
     
  • Always carry water, snacks and spare clothing.

In an emergency contact emergency services (999). If mobile reception is poor dial 112 for emergency services (for any network). Alternatively, contact the Ranger service at the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre on 01639 850 564.

Once you have made contact with emergency services and/or the Forest Park Rangers – make sure you remain at the location described.

Whilst riding the trails – remember the way marker post numbers/name of sections as in an emergency this will save valuable time to locate you in an emergency.

Afan Forest Park covers over 64sq km’s so it is important to have as much feedback from visitors as possible. If you notice any problems with the mountain bike trails please call in the Afan Forest Park Visitor Centre and leave a description of; what trail, name of section, problem with the trail, and your contact details. Alternatively, email the centre on afanforestpark@npt.gov.uk

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For information on things to do and places to see in Afan Forest Park ring 01639 850564.
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