Cwmcarn Forest & Trail Centre | Wales, UK.
Postcode: NP11 7FA
Parking: £3 All Day
Cwmcarn Forest is about forty minutes drive from Cardiff. There’s something for all the family whether you prefer your outdoor experiences on two wheels, on legs, under canvas, or in a chic log hut (read more about that HERE). It’s no surprise however, that with far more experienced MTB boyfriend in tow, we went for the trails.
The trail centre car park is clearly marked from the road and just around the corner from the visitor centre. It’ll cost £3 to park for the day.
You’ll find two red graded trails. Cafall and (the apparently legendary) Twrch. We headed for Cafall, located at the top of the car park and clearly marked.
Cafall heads immediately uphill out of the car park, so if you need a warm up, do that first.
The Cafall climb starts fairly gradually but it’s a fair ascent to the top with some steep little bits.
I’m still pretty new to mountain biking and the trails at Cwmcarn are technical in places. Definitely not for absolute beginners but doable with some bike handling skills and supervision. I still managed to fall off a few times, even got one on the GoPro.
Don’t let that put you off though. The trail is quick on the descents, snappy and fun. Single track, switchbacks, berms and some rocky, rooty drops. If you’re not prepared to fall off, you can’t be having enough fun!
If you’re going for the KOM then you’re probably a lot fitter than me and don’t really need to read this post.
If you’re looking for a fun and fresh air and you’re already decent on a bike, then sit back and relax on the climbs, let go and enjoy the descents and don’t forget to look around at the view.
(Dan on the pump track – Cwmcarn | Wales, UK)
My Bike: 2017 Giant Anthem 1 (Full Suspension) with Fox 34 / 120 front, 110 rear.
Helmet: IXS Trail FS
Shorts: Chapeau Pave / Madison Flo softshell.